We live in a world where people attempt to communicate theology on bumper stickers and bulletin boards with short, pithy slogans. The truths of the Bible and beliefs of the Reformed and Presbyterian churches cannot be reproduced in such a format, though. Understanding the Bible requires time and patience and communicating doctrine, precise language.
Locating our roots in the Ancient Church, we confess the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, and the Athanasian Creed. These relate to the doctrines of the Trinity and the Person of Jesus Christ.
Our birth as a distinct group of churches occurred during the Reformation, so we embrace the Five Solas of the Reformation, which articulate our paradigm of salvation and submission to Scripture alone as our ultimate authority.
What makes us Reformed and Presbyterian is our commitment to the doctrine found in the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards. The Three Forms of Unity originated on Continental Europe between the 1560s and 1619 and have been confessed by those that have been referred to as “Reformed”. The Westminster Standards originated in the United Kingdom in the 1640s and have been confessed by those that have been called “Presbyterians”. Though drafted in different contexts and by different people, their doctrines are harmonious with one another.