Truth and love. Christ's church should be full of both. We are a Reformed Church. To be Reformed is to hold to "Historic Christianity", to believe in the sovereignty of God, the authority, and sufficiency of His inerrant Scripture, and the necessity of God's grace.
Reformed: To be Reformed is to adhere to the purist teachings of the Bible. Scripture is considered the ultimate authority in matters of life and faith. The doctrines (teachings) we hold to are the very same ones that were the consensus of the five first centuries of the church:
Another distinctive of reformed theology, or doctrine is the 5 Solas:
Lastly, reformed theology also is marked by belief in the Doctrines of Grace:
Fellowship: The Greek words translated “fellowship” in the New Testament mean essentially a partnership to the mutual benefit of those involved.
Christian fellowship, then, is the mutually beneficial relationship between Christians, who can’t have the identical relationship with those outside the faith.
Christian fellowship exists because God has enabled it by His grace. Those who believe the gospel are united in the Holy Spirit through Christ to the Father, and that unity in God's truth is the basis of fellowship. Our unity is in truth first, so that we may love biblically.
A fellowship of believers first share the same faith in the same truth. Then they are able to share their other gifts and blessings as God leads. In this way we can be like the first century church in Acts 4 having "all things common, no one in need found among us, and unified in one heart and soul in our right understanding of God's word."
In doing this we are made not only more spiritually mature, but are better able to be gracious, knowledgeable, and loving ambassadors of Christ; reaching out to those around us with the good news of the forgiveness of sins.
The importance of true Christian fellowship is that it reinforces these things in our mind and helps us to focus on Christ and His desires and goals for us. As iron sharpens iron, in true Christian fellowship Christians sharpen one another's faith and stir one another to exercise that faith in love and good works, all to God’s glory. (Hebrews 10:25, 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Church: While "Reformed" and "Fellowship" were our choice in defining who we are, "Church" is mandated by God — as revealed in His Word. It is His designation for the assembly of people called by His name. As such, our course has been charted by God; our destiny has been planned by God; our members have been chosen by God; our purposes have been defined by God....All for Soli Deo Gloria.
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