Doctrinal Affirmations

 
 

Reformanda Ministries maintains substantial agreement with the historic Reformed creeds, particularly the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

The Bible
The Bible, comprised of sixty-six books, is the Spirit-inspired Word of God; inerrant,[1] authoritative, and sufficient for faith, life, and godliness. (Matt. 5:18; John 10:35, 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 2:20-21; Heb. 4:12) 

God
There is only one true and living God; a holy, sovereign, eternal, infinite, transcendent, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His divine attributes. (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 139:2-18; Isa. 45:5-7; John 4:24; 1 Cor. 8:4)

The Trinity
There is one God who exists eternally as three distinct persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is truly and fully God, equally deserving of worship and obedience. (Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:3-14, 4:4-6; 1 Pet. 1:2; Jude 20-21)

Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, possessing all the divine essence and attributes. He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father and with the Spirit. He is God incarnate, born of the Virgin Mary, perfectly sinless, yet bore the sins of His people by dying on the Cross; He resurrected on the third day, and ascended to heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father, mediating as our Advocate and High Priest until He returns in glory and judgment. (Isa. 7:14, 52:13-53:12; John 1:1-5, 14, 10:30, 14:9; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:15-20; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:3-4; 7:25-26, 9:24)

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, coequal with the Father and the Son, is a divine Person, eternal, omniscient, and holy. As the supernatural Agent in regeneration, He baptizes all believers into one Body in Christ; He indwells, sanctifies, teaches, and empowers them for service, sealing them until the coming of the Lord. He also administers spiritual gifts to the church for the purpose of the edification of the Body, all of which are in operation today, with the exception of the apostolic sign gifts of prophecy, tongues, and the working of miracles. (John 14:15-17, 16:7-15; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 8:5-11, 26-27; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 13:8-10; Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:3, 5:18; 2 Pet. 1:20-21) 

Creation
God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing, whether visible or invisible, in the span of six days, by the word of His power. In His sovereignty, He preserves and governs all things according to His eternal decree and providence. (Gen. 1:1ff; Ex. 20:11; John 1:2-3; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:2-3)

Man
Man was created by God, male and female, to be His image bearers in the world. God created man free from sin and corruption, morally responsible to the Creator. In Adam’s sin of disobedience, he lost his innocence and incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death; and not only Adam, but all his posterity. (Gen. 1:27, 2:7, 3:1-19; John 3:36; Rom. 3:23, 5:12, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 John 1:8)

The Law
The moral law, given through divine revelation and written on the human heart, reflects the perfect, unchanging, and righteous character of God. It is binding both on the believer, as well as the unbeliever, effectively convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (Matt. 5:17-19; John 16:8-11; Rom. 2:14-16, 3:19-23, 7:7-14; Gal. 3:10-24; Eph. 2:15; Col. 2:13-14)

The Gospel
The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ has come into the world to save sinners through His substitutionary death on the Cross. In order for sinners to be reconciled to God, atonement must be made for their transgressions, which, according to the sovereign plan of God, is accomplished and applied to His people, to those who have repented and believed in Christ alone for salvation. (John 1:12-13, 3:16-17, 10:11, 14-18; Rom. 6:23, 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7)  

Justification
Justification is the judicial act of God whereby He imputes to a believing sinner the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ, forgiving and pardoning their iniquity and unrighteousness, declaring them to be righteous in His sight, thus acceptable to God and delivered from all condemnation. (Rom. 3:24-28, 5:1, 8:1, 28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9)

Sanctification and Christian Living
As new creations in Christ Jesus, believers are called to live consecrated lives of holiness. Through the transformative power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the process of spiritual growth in Christlikeness, begun at regeneration, will progress until we are made complete in Him at glorification. (Rom. 6:1-22, 8:5-30; Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 4:22-24; 1 Thes. 4:3-4; 1 Pet. 1:14-16)

The Church
The Lord Jesus Christ has established His church, of which every believer is a member, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and regulated by the Scriptures, to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world; united in love, preaching the gospel, administering the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and exercising discipline. (Matt. 16:18-19, 18:15-18, 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-29, 12:12-31; Eph. 4:1-16)

The Future
At the end of this age, the Lord Jesus Christ will return to earth, suddenly, visibly, bodily, and gloriously, to reconcile to Himself all things; rewarding the saints and judging the wicked; at which time He will establish the new heavens and the new earth. (Matt. 24:4-25:46; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thes. 4:16; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 19:11ff.)

Marriage,[2] Family, and Sexuality[3]
In the beginning, God created both Adam and Eve in His image, thus making all humanity male and female, equal in worth, distinct in their roles, for His glory. Marriage is a divinely-designed institution; a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union between one man and one woman, meant to signify the loving relationship between Christ and His church. (Gen. 1:26-27, 2:18; Matt. 19:3-9; 1 Cor. 7:1-24, 11:7-9; Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Tim. 2:12-24)


[1] We affirm the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

[2] We affirm the Danvers Statement by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

[3] We affirm the Nashville Statement on Biblical Sexuality