Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Reformed Theology

This great theological system is the last one that we will look at for this week. In my opinion this is the greatest and most transforming theology. I am saying amen to what I am listing about the history of reformed theology. These studies come from the booklet Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine by H. Wayne House.

Reformed Theology

-Reformed theology builds around the central theme of the sovereignty of God. The whole of reality falls under the supreme rule of God.

God-God is sovereign. He is perfect in every respect and holds all righteousness and power. He created all things and sustains them. As the Creator, he is in no way limited by creation.

Revelation-Reformed theology rests on Scripture alone (sola scriptura). The Bible is God’s Word as such remains without error in every aspect. Scripture guides all of church life and teaching. The Bible is authoritative in every area it addresses.

Salvation-God in eternity past chose a number of fallen creatures to be reconciled to himself. In time Christ came to save the chosen. The Holy Spirit enlightens the elect ones so that they can believe the Gospel and receive salvation. The elect can never resist the work of the Spirit nor fall away after receiving salvation. Salvation can be summarized by the Five Points of Calvinism: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints (TULIP)

Church-The church is composed of God’s elect who have received salvation. They are bound by God’s covenant to serve him in the world.

Baptism symbolizes entry into the covenant body for both children and adults though either can renounce their baptism.

When the believers partake in the Lord’s Supper in faith, the Holy Spirit works in them to make them spiritual participants.

Generally, elders, elected by the church, teach and oversee the local church body. The unity of the church must be grounded in doctrinal agreement.


Justice said...

Excellent series!

Anonymous said...

Well more education next week. Can't wait to post Liberation Theology; that will be interesting!

Chris Hinton said...

I'm looking forward to the next post