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Presbyterians are Reformed

The word “reformed” is used in a variety of contexts with very different meanings. We use the term to describe a large segment of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries. “Reformed” theologians are committed to the goal of the ongoing work of reforming the church according to the unchanging standards of the Scriptures. Those who hold to the teaching of reformed theology have a heritage that speaks clearly concerning the fundamental questions of the faith. Questions like:

“Who is God?”
“How deep is the problem of human sin?”
“How can people be saved?”
“What is the purpose and work of the church?”
“How are we to worship God?”

In particular, reformed believers hold to the sovereignty of God in all of His works of creation, providence, and redemption. This complete authority of God in the work of salvation is most often referred to as the “five points of Calvinism” that were affirmed at the Synod of Dort in 1619, and form the acronym “TULIP” as follows:

T: TOTAL DEPRAVITY – God restrains sin throughout the world, yet there is no part of my being that remains untouched by sin. (Gen 6:5, Jer 17:9, Rom 1:18-32)

U: UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION – God saves His people based on His righteousness and mercy alone, and not on any good works or intentions of those who come to Him. Even the faith we express is a gift from God. (Eph 2:1-10, Rom 9-11)

L: LIMITED (or particular) ATONEMENT – The work of Christ in dying for sinners on the cross was sufficient for all human beings, but was efficient (actually taking away our guilt) only for the people of God, who are called in the Bible the “elect.” (Matt 1:21, Heb 2:14-18, Mark 10:45)

I: IRRESISTIBLE GRACE – God will save the full number of his people. He renews and transforms their wills, enabling his children to call out to him in faith. This work of His saving grace ultimately wins the day! (John 6:37, Rom 8:28-30)

P: PERSEVERANCE (or preservation) OF THE SAINTS – Those who are truly saved, are always saved. They are united to Christ and kept by Him. (Mark 13:22, John 6:39, I John 2:19, 2 Tim 2:13)