The church of Christ was deformed by centuries of Roman Catholic corruption and superstition. The term "Reformed" refers to the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation, which God used to reform His church according to the His perfect Word. In line with the Reformation, we hold to SCRIPTURE ALONE as our infallible, all-sufficient rule for faith and life, and we find its grand narrative clearly to reveal this good news: that guilty sinners are saved from everlasting punishment by God's GRACE ALONE, because of the perfect obedience and sacrificial death of CHRIST ALONE, who is received by FAITH ALONE, so that we must give all GLORY TO GOD ALONE (Eph. 2:1-10). You can find a summary of our distinctive beliefs and practices by clicking the tab on the left: What We Believe.
We identify ourselves as Reformed not because we prefer this flavor of Christianity over others, and not because we follow certain men called Reformers, but because we regularly use the Ecumenical Creeds and Reformed confessions to help us maintain faithfulness to God's Word and a focus upon His Gospel. These secondary standards in no way substitute for Scripture, but faithfully summarize its fundamental teachings, unite us believers in the truth, and equip us to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). While we often make use of the Westminster Confession & Catechisms, our congregations in the URCNA confess the Three Forms of Unity (which are the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort). You can read these documents that contain our beliefs by visiting the URCNA website here.