Reformed Church of Hamilton

What we believe - A Comprehensive Perspective

The Reformed faith is also comprehensive in its teaching that God is the Lord of all of life. The Mosaic administration knew no distinction between the religious and the secular; no part of life was neutral for ancient Israel. The law of God ruled all. Now, of course, the grace of God has burst the banks of Israel; we no longer live under a political theocracy. However, God is still as glorious and sovereign as ever.

Therefore we are to "cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2Cor.10:5). Jesus Christ is our Saviour; but he is the LORD Jesus Christ. And we are to be heavenly minded, like he, precisely that we may be of earthly use. Our religion is not to be a private matter. It is a trust, with which we must go into all the world. Sure, we are not to be of the world, but we are to be in the world (John 17:15f; 1John 2:15-17; 1Cor.5:10).

So the Kingdom, of which the Church may perhaps be called the Personnel Department, is very important in Reformed thinking. In response to the commission of the King, we can now with confidence make disciples of all nations (Mt.28:19,20) because we know that our Lord is on his heavenly throne, and he will continue to call his children out of darkness into his marvellous light. We can and must witness prophetically to all levels of our society and call people to a knowledge and submission to the one true God of heaven and earth. And the education of the Church's children, the Lord's children, in all its breadth - from Bible to the sciences, to the liberal arts, to Physical Education - must be Christian.

"We must not be pressed into the world's mould, but rather transformed according to the renewing of our minds" (Rom.12:1f) for "whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1Cor.10:31). "For from him and through him and to him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen" (Rom.11:36).

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