We are Reformed Christians. That means we received our theology from the Reformation years of the 1500s by men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, etc. They were "re"forming the Church according to the Bible. Here are a few key distinctives of Reformed theology.
- The Bible is our only authority. We get all of our answers in the truth of scripture. Not tradition, not the Church, not our feelings.
- The sovereignty of God. That means that God is in control of all things. He rules and governs all that happens. God is not alarmed at anything, and never says, "Oops."
- The grace of God is perfectly seen in God's Son, Jesus Christ. What Jesus did for us on the cross, His death and resurrection were the victory over sin, death and Satan. Our salvation is 100% by faith in and through Christ.
- The world view. A Reformed world view means we live actively in culture to transform it, whatever that may be: studies, sports, nature, politics, etc. We desire to influence and affect our world for God.
- The Covenant of God. God has a story and we are part of that story. God's story and our place in it is for His glory, generation upon generation.
The key thing is that Reformed means "re"forming ourselves and the world according to the Bible. That also means things, whether in our culture, in church or in us can "de"form us. We need to be called back to repentance in Christ and change.