What is a Reformed Church?
Reformed churches are, quite simply, Christian churches that worship and serve Jesus Christ. The Bible, God’s holy Word, is the supreme authority in our church. The label Reformed is taken from the Protestant Reformers of the 16th and 17th centuries. The Lord used these Christian men and women to challenge the corrupted, “de-formed” Roman Catholic Church of that day with the basic teachings of God’s Word. We strive to continue in the tradition of these brave Christians by holding fast to the truth, always reforming our own beliefs and lives in the light of Scripture. You can find more information in the What We Believe section of this website.
We chose COVENANT as our name because of the importance of the Covenants in our salvation; they are the essence of our assurance in every Christian's life. They are also the basis of Reformed Theology as Covenant Theology. Covenant Theology involves two primary features: The Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace. In the Covenant of Works, God entered into a covenant with Adam prior to the Fall. In this covenant He promised eternal life for obedience during a probationary period and death if Adam disobeyed. In this time of testing Adam stood as the federal head of all humanity; had he obeyed, he would have been confirmed in righteousness with the benefits passing to all humanity. Conversely, because he failed and fell, Adam’s act of disobedience was imputed, (charged to) all humanity. Romans 5:12-17 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.”
After the Fall God entered into another covenant with Adam (who was representing the human race), wherein God out of His abundant mercy promised eternal life to all those who would believe in Jesus Christ. Essentially the Covenant of Grace is based on the Covenant of Redemption, made in eternity past by the triune God in which the Father delegated the Son, who agreed to provide salvation for the elect through His atoning death. The Covenant of Grace is the application of the Covenant of Redemption.
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