Before you join Sovereign Grace Singles we ask that you review the following Doctrinal Statement. By checking the box “I agree to the Doctrinal Statement” and joining SGS, you are asserting that you believe the statements below.
Reformed theology gets its name from the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation. Believers in the Reformed tradition regard highly the specific contributions of such people as Martin Luther, John Knox, and particularly John Calvin. However, Reformed theology was not“invented” in the sixteenth century. The stream of orthodoxy reaches back through the ages, ultimately finding its source in the headwaters of all truth, the Scriptures themselves.
Reformed theology places great emphasis on the doctrine of God, this doctrine being central to the whole of its theology. The chief and most distinctive article of our theology is God’s sovereignty. Sovereignty means “rule” and the sovereignty of God means that God rules over His creation with absolute power and authority. He determines what is going to happen, and it does happen. God is not alarmed, frustrated, or defeated by circumstances, by sin, or by the rebellion of His creatures.
His sovereignty also oversees the salvation of man as manifested in the doctrines of grace. The doctrines of grace have historically been represented by the acrostic TULIP. In short, this doctrine biblically describes God’s role in man’s salvation.
Total depravity (T) declares that man is dead in sin and incapable of exercising faith without first being regenerated by the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. Unconditional election (U) refers to God’s gracious work of election whereby according to His good pleasure and not based on anything man has done, the elect are brought to saving faith by the work of the Holy Spirit. Limited atonement (L) means that Christ’s death, though sufficient to save all, was efficient to save the elect. In this sense, all for whom the atonement was designed to save, will be saved. Irresistible grace (I) refers to God’s effectual calling being “operative,” not “cooperative,” whereby the regenerate are made willing to come to Christ and cling to Him for their redemption. Perseverance of the saints (P) means that those who are truly regenerate come to saving faith will never lose their salvation. God preserves them and will complete the work He has begun.
We do not believe Reformed theology is a sect or branch of Christianity, we believe as the great London preacher Charles H. Spurgeon said, reformed theology is a synonym for biblical Christianity.
The word “evangelical”comes from the Greek word meaning “good news.” For years, it identified those believers who held to the basic Christian doctrines (i.e., the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, the Resurrection & the Judgment of all men, etc.).
In the course of history, however words change. In our day this has happened to the word “evangelical.” In the past, it served as a bond of unity between Christians from a wide diversity of church traditions. Historic evangelicalism was confessional. That is, it affirmed historic Christian orthodoxy as those defined by the Apostles’ Creed and the great ecumenical councils of the first millennium of Christian history such as the Councils of Nicea, Chalcedon, Constantinople, and others.
Historic evangelicalism also shared a common heritage in the “solas” of the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation. The “solas” (Latin for “only”) affirmed the following: Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), Solus Christus (Christ alone), Sola Gratia (Grace alone), Sola Fide (Faith alone), Soli Deo Gloria (To God be the Glory alone).
In short, the “solas” were the rallying cry of the reformers. Scripture is the sole source of divine revelation. Christ is the sole source of our salvation via His sinless life and His substitutionary atonement. Grace is the sole source of our justification and reconciliation to the Father. Faith is the sole means by which Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us. And lastly, that God’s Glory is to be pursued as man’s chief end and purpose for living.
Today, however, the light of the Reformation has been significantly dimmed. The consequence is that the word “evangelical” has become so inclusive as to have lost its meaning. Because of this crisis and because of our love of Christ, His gospel, and His Church, we endeavor to assert anew our commitment to the central truths of the Reformation and of historic evangelicalism. These truths we affirm not because of their role in our traditions, but because we believe that they are central to the Bible.
The biblical word for church means “those who are called out.” The church, therefore, is the assembly or gathering of the elect, those whom God calls out of the world, away from sin and into a state of grace. Each Lord’s Day, the church gathers to worship God. The question “How does God want to be worshipped?” is of utmost importance. Regrettably, the question has too often become“How do we want to worship God?” The result is a man-centered service as opposed to a God-centered one.
The loss of God’s centrality in the life of today’s church is common and lamentable. It is this loss of God centeredness that has led the church to transform worship into entertainment, gospel preaching into marketing, believing into technique, holiness into feeling good about ourselves, and faithfulness into being successful. As a result, God, Christ and the Bible have come to mean too little to us and rest too inconsequentially upon us.
But God does not exist to satisfy human ambitions, cravings, the appetite for consumption, or our own private spiritual interests. We must focus on God in our worship, rather than the satisfaction of our personal needs. God is sovereign in worship; we are not. Our concern must be for God’s kingdom, not our own empires, popularity or success.
It is with this understanding that we approach Sunday morning with a carefully considered order of worship. We worship with fear and trembling but we also worship with joy and confidence. After all, there is no other earthly exercise more important than the worship of the Most High God. Since we are not called to worship God in isolation from each other, we do require that you in general adhere to one of the Reformed standards (though there is room for disagreement in minor issues). While these are not infallible standards, they are useful in helping people understand where you’re coming from, and are part of the Reformed tradition.[:]
Before you join Sovereign Grace Singles we ask that you review the following Terms and Conditions Statement. By checking the box “I agree to the Terms and Conditions” and joining SGS, you are asserting that you understand the statements below.
Please note that you cannot register with SovereignGraceSingles.com without accepting this agreement.
THIS SERVICE IS FOR THOSE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD.
The SovereignGraceSingles.com service (hereinafter “SGS”) is a way for single adults (never married/divorced/widowed) to meet other single adults (never married/divorced/widowed) online. SGS is provided by Sovereign Grace Enterprises LLC, doing business as SovereignGraceSingles.com, with a mailing address of PO Box 355, Toledo, WA 98591 USA.
This is a legal agreement (“Agreement”) between you and SGS. Please read the Agreement carefully before registering for SGS service. By registering for SGS, you become a member of the Service (a “Member”), and you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement (the “Terms”) for as long as you continue to be a Member.
IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS, PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR THE SOVEREIGNGRACESINGLES.COM SERVICE. THE TERMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY SOVEREIGNGRACESINGLES.COM AT ANY TIME. Registration is explicit acceptance of the terms herein. YOUR CONTINUED USE OF THE SERVICE CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF ANY CHANGES. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THIS AGREEMENT AND TO ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH ANY CHANGE(S) THAT ARE MADE.
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MINORS MAY NOT BECOME MEMBERS. When you register, and from time to time thereafter, SGS may require that you provide sufficient information to indicate that you are at least 18 years old. By becoming a Member, you represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years old.
Either you or SGS may terminate your SGS membership at any time, for any reason, effective upon sending written notice electronically to the other party. SGS reserves the right to immediately suspend or terminate your access to SGS service, without any prior notice, upon any breach of this Agreement by you which is brought or comes to SGS’s attention. In the event your access to the SGS service is suspended or terminated upon any breach of this Agreement by you, you will not be entitled to a refund of any unused membership fees.
Your membership in SGS service is for your sole, personal use. You may not authorize others to use your membership, and you may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity.
PURPOSE OF SERVICE.
SGS is a Christian religious organization and ministry serving a traditional Christian market, based on Biblical beliefs and teachings. It is designed for single men to connect with single women, and vice versa, for the purposes of exclusive romantic relationships, with the goal being marriage. As a matter of belief, doctrine, and religious practice, SGS reserves the term marriage for the covenant relationship between one man (husband) and one woman (wife) to the exclusion of all others, as ordained by God. It is the most intimate of human relationships, a gift from God, a sacred institution, holy, and central to the community of faith. This covenant relationship also represents the union between Christ and His Body (the church). Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:7-8; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1-7; Hebrews 13:4.
While SGS is designed for Christian single men to connect with Christian single women, and vice versa, anyone who is presently single (i.e. not legally married) from any background is permitted to join. However, given our purpose, as stated above, and the fact that our membership is comprised of traditional Christian singles, anyone outside of this market will find it difficult to connect with anyone suitable for them on the service.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AND ONLINE CONDUCT.
As a Member, you agree that:
• We will keep your profile posted if your time expires but after a period of inactivity – 180 days – your account will be auto-archived by our system to keep SovereignGraceSingles.com’s database current.
• SGS reserves the right to immediately suspend or terminate your access to the SGS service, without any prior notice, upon any breach of this Agreement which is brought to SGS’s attention. In the event your access to the SGS service is suspended or terminated upon any breach of this Agreement which is brought to SGS’s attention, you will not be entitled to a refund of any unused membership fees.
• Your membership on the SGS service is for your sole, personal use. You may not authorize others to use your membership, and you may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity.
• You are solely responsible for the content or information you publish or display (hereinafter, “post”) on SGS service, or transmit to other SGS Members.
• You will not post on SGS service, or transmit to other SGS Members or Employees, any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, or illegal material, or any material that infringes or violates another party’s rights (including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights, and rights of privacy and publicity).
• You will use SGS service in a manner consistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations.
• You will not include in your profile any email addresses, chat or messenger numbers or handles (Viber, Skype, AOL Messenger, Yahoo, MSN, etc.), web addresses or links to other websites, telephone numbers, street addresses, last names, or other contact information; offensive anatomical or sexual references, or offensive sexually suggestive or connotative language, and you will not post any photos containing nudity or personal information. You will not attach to your written or multiple choice section of your profile any images, video files or music files. SGS reserves the right to remove anything that it deems to be inappropriate, at its sole discretion. SGS reserves the right, but has no obligation, to reject any profile or photo that does not comply with these prohibitions.
• You will not include any email addresses; Skype numbers or handles; or Messenger numbers or handles; or any other Chat numbers or handles in your messages to other SGS members, unless you are a paying member of SGS.
• You will not create multiple profiles, unless permitted by SGS Staff in writing.
• You will not engage in advertising to, or solicitation of, other members to buy or sell any products or services through the Service. You will not transmit any chain letters or junk E-mail to other SGS Members.
• You will not post, distribute or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior consent of the owner of such proprietary rights.
• You are solely responsible for your interactions with other SGS Members. SGS reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor accounts which break the rules of conduct and to monitor disputes between you and other Members.
• You will never send money to, nor ask for money from, other SGS Members, for any reason.
• Your use of SGS must be for bona fide relationship-seeking purposes, only, in order to maintain the integrity of the Service. For example, you may not become a member solely to compile a report of compatible singles in your area, or to write an article or perform market research. We will consider such requests by reporters on a case-by-case basis, sent to us in advance via email. You may only proceed upon receipt of written permission from us, and abide by all conditions set down by us.
• You will not promote any other dating and/or matchmaking service to our members in any way whatsoever.
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You agree that the SGS service has no obligation to you whatsoever to grant you access to any part of the SGS service, including, but not limited to, your profile, your mailbox, or any other part of the SGS service, if you do not have time left in your account, whether free time which we have granted you (entirely at our discretion), or paid time which you have purchased from the SGS service. This includes no obligation whatsoever for the SGS service to grant you access to retrieve any information you have posted on your profile or mail you have sent other members to their mailbox on the SGS service or which other members have sent to your mailbox on the SGS service, or any other access whatsoever if you do not have time left in your account to access the SGS service, whether from free time which we have granted you (entirely at our discretion), or paid time which you have purchased from the SGS service. The only obligation the SGS service has to you, in the event you do not wish to purchase additional access to the SGS service, or the SGS service decides to grant you additional free access to the SGS service, entirely at their own discretion, is to either archive your profile (such that it will not remain visible to any other member for the duration of it being archived) until you decide to either unarchive it or delete it, upon your explicit written request, or delete your profile from the SGS service upon your explicit written request. SGS owns and retains other proprietary rights in SGS service. The Service contains the copyrighted material, trademarks, and other proprietary information of SGS and its licensors. In addition, other Members may post copyrighted information, which has copyright protection whether or not it is identified as copyrighted. Except for that information which is in the public domain or for which you have been given permission, you will not copy, modify, publish, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any such proprietary information.
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OUR PRIVACY STATEMENT
SGS is committed to creating a safe and secure online environment where members can connect comfortably and anonymously with other members. SGS collects personal information from our members in order to provide accurate and convenient billing, appropriate matching, and responsive customer service. We will not share your billing information with anyone outside of our corporation. We will not share any additional personal information with anyone outside of our corporation and/or our trusted marketing partners, except as provided in this Agreement. Customers may change their information via the “Edit Profile” page.
Information Collected at this Web Site
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