The church of Christ was deformed by centuries of Roman Catholic corruption and superstition. But then in the sixteenth-century God used the Protestant Reformation to reform His church according to the Bible, which is His very word. "Reformed" especially refers to our intention as a Christian church to be biblical in everything we believe and in everything we practice. We hold to SCRIPTURE ALONE as our infallible, all-sufficient rule for faith and life. Moreover, we find the Bible's 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 the sacrificial death of CHRIST ALONE, whom we can receive for full salvation by FAITH ALONE. For all of this, we Christians now seek to give the GLORY TO GOD ALONE (Eph. 2:1-10). You can find a summary of our core beliefs and practices by clicking here.
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 constant focus upon His Gospel of grace. These secondary standards in no way substitute for Scripture but faithfully summarize its fundamental teachings, unite Christians in the truth, and equip us to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Though we often make use of the Westminster Confession & Catechisms (1647), our congregations in the URCNA formally confess the Three Forms of Unity, which are the Belgic Confession (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), and the Canons of Dort (1619). Our church leaders are ordained upon subscription to the Three Forms of Unity, which they promise to promote and defend. You can read our confessional documents here.