The Bible, God’s inspired word, governs our beliefs and practices.
Creeds and Confessions
Secondarily, we confess The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Athanasian Creed, and believe that Three Forms of Unity (The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, and The Canons of Dort) faithfully summarize the teaching of God’s word.
In the Protestant Reformation the Doctrines of Grace were rediscovered.
Reformed Theology is multifaceted and includes several core topics of doctrine. When people think of Reformed theology, the focus is often placed on the topic of salvation and so the acronym TULIP (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance of the Saints) has become short hand for reformed theology.
The Five Solas (Latin for “alone”) of the Reformation (Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone, Glory to God Alone), are also helpful as another summary of our understanding of salvation.
However, Reformed Theology should not be reduced to the bare minimum, for as it draws on scripture it presents a robust theology and worldview.
Covenant Theology highlights how God relates to his people throughout the Bible. This teaching culminates with the New Covenant in Christ and those grafted into Christ through faith.