An Introduction to the United Reformed Churches

As I was reading through some blogs this afternoon, I came across this excellent intro. to the United Reformed Federation, of which we are members. This article is by Rev. Shane Lems of the URC in Sunnyside, Washington.

Some of our friends here are not very familiar with the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. (This is our background.) It was good to read that:

We also appreciate and agree with the great statements of the historic Presbyterian church – the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.

On our part, we are becoming more familiar with the other classic summaries of the Christian faith, called the Three Forms of Unity, of which Rev. Lems says:

We also fully confess and acknowledge the truths found in three documents of the Reformation, namely the Belgic Confession (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) and the Canons of Dort (1618-19)

Rev. Lems concludes:

We are churches that vary in race, nationality, location, and even language at times – but we are united in historic Reformation teaching, teaching that emphasizes the biblical truths of sin, deliverance from it in Christ alone, and gratitude for deliverance in biblical worship.

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