What is a Reformed Church?
A Reformed church is a Christian church with roots in the Great Reformation of the 16th century. At that time, many biblical teachings that had been obscured or suppressed over the centuries were recovered. We believe that Reformed teaching is an accurate and faithful reflection of the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles, and the totality of the Scriptures. We are thankful for the Reformation and want to continue its legacy into the present.
At the heart of the Bible is the message of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and King. This is what was at stake during the Great Reformation, and it continues to be the treasure of the church today. God saves sinners (that’s us) in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone. He has provided an amazingly gracious way to everlasting life with Himself, that is, through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We receive complete forgiveness of our sins, the healing of our brokenness, and the hope of a future with God that is better than we can imagine.
To ensure that we don’t lose, distort, or forget the gospel, we confess our faith using summaries called confessions. A church should not be blown about by every wind of doctrine (Eph. 4:14). It needs truthful and stable boundaries that always bring it back to the Scriptures. The confessions hold us to the Bible, and they provide us with a method of learning and confessing the Bible’s basic teachings. To learn more about our confessions, click here to go to the “Beliefs” page.
The good news of Jesus Christ is the kind of news that needs to be spread far and wide. As the apostle Paul asked, And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Romans 10:14) Everyone needs to hear the gospel again and again. That is why preaching takes center stage in our worship services. Preaching is the proclamation of the gospel and God uses it to strengthen and exhort those who listen.
The Scriptures inform everything else we do in our services. God’s Word is not only heard in the preaching, but is a thread throughout the service, to which we sing, pray, and worship our Saviour in response. Worship is not about rituals and rites, but about hearing from God and responding to Him.
A beautiful testimony to the power of the gospel is the work of God in gathering believers together as the church, the body of Christ. God does not intend us to be Christians alone, but gives us brothers and sisters who worship together, pray together, study Scripture together, watch out for one another, and bear one another’s burdens.
We would be delighted to have you discover and experience the riches of the Christian faith with us.