In recent years there has been a recovery of Reformed Theology in churches around the globe. While some are familiar with the phrase, others may be wondering, what is Reformed Theology?
Reformed Theology is, first and foremost, theology.
It is richly doctrinal. Deep thoughts of sin and grace, and big ideas of God pervade the preaching and writings of Reformed Theology. It is a highly theological system of thought rooted in the Bible. The Bible reveals who God is, and thus, Biblically rich theology has the goal of knowing God. Christians partake of a living, experiential knowledge of God through his word and prayer.
Reformed Theology is Reformed.
This means it is rooted in the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. The Reformation was a monumental drive back to the Bible, a large-scale recovery of apostolic Christianity from the corruptions of the Roman Catholic Church. Reformed theology is a nickname for the teachings of the apostles and prophets and of our Lord himself as revealed in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.
Reformed Theology is about God's glory.
The great theme of the Bible is the glory of God in all things, especially in the salvation of sinners through the person and work of his Son Jesus Christ. God is supreme in creation and he is supreme in redemption; he reigns over all things for the sake of his own renown. He alone is worthy of worship. All things, even the plans of the wicked, will coalesce to God's praise on the Last Day. His purposes are unstoppable. Reformed theology champions this great truth, which is also the confidence and comfort of his people.
In subsequent posts we will look at specific key doctrines of Reformed Theology, great Biblical truths which undergird the preaching and teaching at Redeeming Cross and indeed at all Biblical churches.