The Reformed Faith
The Reformed faith has its roots in the Protestant Reformation. The Reformers received their title through their efforts to reform the established church by returning it to biblical Christianity. Orthodox Reformed churches are still known for their emphasis upon Scripture as the only ultimate source of appeal in matters of faith. The Reformed branch of Christianity includes the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Church in America, the Christian Reformed Church, and others.
Reformed churches usually hold to a particular confession and catechism as a summary of biblical teaching. A confession is similar to a statement of faith, while a catechism is a series of questions and answers designed to teach theological concepts. Reformed churches in the English and Scottish tradition generally subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Reformed churches with roots in the European continent usually subscribe to the Three Forms of Unity: the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dordt, and the Heidelberg Catechism. All of these are considered helpful to a proper understanding of Scripture, but the Bible is the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
While Reformed churches recognize Christians of other branches of Christianity as brothers and sisters in Christ, we believe that Reformed theology is the most mature expression of Christian faith. We emphasize the sovereignty of God in all things. We know that mankind is complete unable to save themselves, and that salvation is found in Christ alone. Moreover, since we were all dead in our sins, salvation is not a work which we may accomplish. Salvation is by grace, through faith, and it is completely a work of God.
We invite you to join with us in worship of our sovereign Lord.
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