Our Church Name “Reformed” comes from our split in the 16th Century from the Roman Catholic Church, which was instigated by Martin Luther, on the 31st October 1517 at the Wittenberg Castle. John Calvin and others also contributed to what became known as “The REFORMED faith”, and its teachings are grounded in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, which is the Word of God. To help us understand the teaching of Scripture, a number of statements have been formulated..
...THE CENTRALITY OF CHRIST
The Bible points people to Jesus Christ. He has died a cruel death on a cross, and has been resurrected and exalted to reign over the universe. He accomplished this for the sins of all those who place their trust and hope in Him. In our church community we proclaim Jesus to be the Lord and Saviour. We teach that ultimately no one can come to God and hence eternal life, except through Jesus Christ.
...THE ACTIVITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
People will only come to faith in Jesus Christ by the work of God's Holy Spirit. He convinces people of their sin and need for forgiveness through the work of Jesus as the perfect sacrifice. The Holy Spirit produces thankfulness in the believer's heart and thereby changes a person's heart so that they leave their life of disobedience to God, and become more and more obedient to God. This will result in good deeds that are acceptable to Him. This process of new life and obedience continues until God takes us to be with Him in heaven.
...THE UNIVERSALITY OF THE CHURCH
God's people are not confined to one denomination, one nation or one time. Every person who serves Jesus as Lord by the Holy Spirit is a son or daughter of God, the Father. In our church community we welcome people who love the Lord, and desire to worship with us, irrespective of their particular traditions.
...THE COMMAND OF THE GOSPEL
The Gospel (Good News) of God in Jesus Christ should be preached in keeping with Christ's command. We believe that the Holy Spirit is able to convict people of their sin and cause them to turn from their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. In our church community we call people to faith and send people into the world to proclaim this Gospel.
...THE NECESSITY OF OBEDIENCE
God calls people to believe in Jesus so that they may live a life of holiness and love to the glory of God. In our church community we urge each other to do the good works which God has intended us to do.
...THE CERTAINTY OF ETERNAL LIFE
A person who believes in Jesus Christ has been 'born again' and is therefore destined for eternal life. Such a person is delivered from the meaninglessness that is so often part of life, and from the eternal punishment of hell. Such a person is adopted by God as His child, is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and is assured of a home in heaven. In our church community we rejoice in this certain hope of life forever with our God.
...THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SACRAMENTS
Jesus has told people to be baptised in His Name and to remember Him at the Lord's Supper. In our church community we receive these signs of God's love with faith and joy to strengthen us for obedience.
...THE SIMPLICITY OF WORSHIP
God is pleased when people respond to His Word with joyful hearts and obedient service. In our church community we seek to make God's message as plain as possible and to encourage a response of gratitude and obedience.