Why “Reformed?”

WHAT IS REFORMED THEOLOGY

You will notice that we are the “Reformed” Community Church, but, what does this mean? In 1517, the theologian Martin Luther sparked what came to be known as the Protestant Reformation, which lead to a separation from the Roman Catholic Church. The main argument which Luther posed, which was later followed by John Calvin and others, was in reference to how an individual is “justified” or made right before God.

Using the Book of Romans, Luther argued that man is saved via the reckoned righteousness of Christ alone through faith alone, and in doing so, he recaptured the saving message of the Bible. He likewise stressed the sovereignty of God in all of human events, therefore highlighting the necessity of understanding God’s all encompassing role as the ruler of both Heaven and Earth. Hence, we retain the name “Reformed” as an indication that we follow and adhere to the basic teachings of the Reformation, which is nothing less than the teaching of the Bible.

As Reformed Theology later matured, it was classified into five major sections of emphasis, better known as “Solas,” which are as follows: “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone); “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone); “Sola Fide” (Faith Alone); “Solus Christus” (Christ Alone); and “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God Alone Be Glory). In short, these five Solas serve as the bedrock of our approach to the Christian faith, and as you will notice, all five Solas are God centered and thoroughly based off of His word, the Holy Scriptures. For a more information on this subject, see the video below.