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Theology

In Reformed theology, we affirm and embody characteristics that distinguish how we see our place in God’s world.

A deep allegiance to the authority of the Bible as God’s word was central to the development of the 16th century Protestant Reformation; continuing recognition of that authority is basic to our identity in Christ as guided by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

As churches also informed by creedal and confessional documents that summarize our understanding of Scripture, we submit our own traditions and ambitions to constant reformation by the Spirit as we live as followers of Jesus Christ in ever changing cultures (Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda—the Reformed church always has to be reforming).

Covenantal theology provides a framework by which we see holistic connections in God’s unfolding plan of salvation, to which we are called to witness.

To own our Reformed identity is to express appreciation for God’s gift of grace. At the same time, it evokes a commitment to strive tirelessly by God’s grace to become more and more the communion that God calls us to be.

Embracing God’s sovereign love, manifested in the call of Christ, we are compelled to express spiritual and social solidarity with those who suffer injustice and brokenness in this world (Amos 5:24; Micah 6:8).

The gracious sovereignty of God reminds us that God lovingly claims this whole world as God’s own. That recognition energizes our carrying out of our calling in God’s mission (Mathew 28:18-20). It encourages us to develop our intellect and skills in all areas of life to be a light in a dark world (Matthew 5:16).

Our Office of Theology and Communion offers a wide-range of opportunities for study, reflection and dialogue on matters of interest to Reformed church leaders and lay people, including youth. The office initiates activities to stimulate reflection on Reformed theology and on what it means for member churches to belong to a “Communion”—a concept that requires closer bonds among member churches than in a network or association.