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What Does ‘Reformed’ Mean?

When we use the word “Reformed” we are using a term that has come from the 16th Century Protestant Reformation. A “Reformed” Church is a God-centered Church. The Apostle Paul says in in 1 Corinthians 10:31 teaches that all of human life, even the most ordinary things such as eating and drinking, are to be done to the glory of God. This is why the first question and answer to the Westminster Shorter Catechism says: “What is the chief end of man?” Answer: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” A “Reformed” Church believes and tries to live all of life to the glory of God; It’s why we were created.

So the next logical question is, “How do we know what we are supposed to do to glorify and enjoy and God?”  The answer is: The Bible tells us. The Bible is God’s Word to mankind, where He reveals to us the Truth and Life; the Truth about who God is, the Truth about who we are as humans, made in the Image of God, the Truth about what is wrong with the world (Sin), and the Truth about what God’s plan is to right all the wrongs through Jesus Christ.

The Bible reveals to us many things, and as “Reformed”  Christians, we believe that the Bible Alone, being the Word of God to us, is the only reliable source of true knowledge and wisdom throughout the ages, because it is the Word of God. To us, the Holy Scripture alone has the privilege of being the final and absolute authority for all of life. “Reformed” Christians therefore, seek to reform their lives and their beliefs and practices to be as consistent with the teaching of the Whole Bible as is humanly possible this side of eternity. Because we believe that God Created us in His Image to be a reflection of God in this world, and through the power of the Holy Spirit to bring Heaven to Earth (as the Lord taught us to pray, saying, “Thy kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven). That’s why we were created, and that is why God gave us the Spirit, and gave us the Scriptures. And this gives us great joy, knowing that we are living out the purpose for which we have been created.

We believe the Westminster Confession of Faith, with the Larger Catechism and Shorter Catechism to be one of the most accurate summaries of foundational and basic Biblical and Christian truth the “Reformed” Church has yet produced.

 

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