What does it mean to be “Reformed” today?
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To be “Reformed” today means:
– To believe that the Bible (Old & New Testaments) is fully God’s Word. That it reveals God’s unfolding revelation about Jesus Christ (the Old anticipating him, the New revealing him).
– To have a distinct Christian worldview (outlook on life) that permeates all of life by applying the gospel to life.
– To take seriously the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20), to affirm the priority of mission and understand that mission.
– To worship in a reverent and edifying way
– To believe in and affirm a profoundly high view of God’s sovereignty over all things. God reigns over all things, meticulously determining all that comes to pass.
– To believe in God’s sustaining providence.
– To be creedal by agreeing with the consensus of the first five centuries of the Christian Church summarised in the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds, all of which are subordinate to the Bible.
– To be confessional by affirming one or more of the great confessions of the historic orthodox church (i.e. orthodox means conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early Church) which are also subordinate to the Bible but provide outstanding summaries of the teachings of the Bible, e.g. Westminster Confession, Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
– To be covenantal by affirming the great covenants of Scripture (Redemption, Works, and Grace) and see those covenants as the means by which God interacts with and accomplishes his purposes in His creation and with mankind.
To be “Reformed” means to believe and affirm the “Five Solas” of the Protestant Reformation.
These points unashamedly highlight that salvation is the work of God.
To be “Reformed” means to believe and affirm the “Five Points of Calvinism” or “The Doctrines of Grace”.
Below you will find a short introductory video series on the acronym TULIP. It is taught by Rev. R. C. Sproul from Ligonier Ministries.