Copyright 2016 by Grace Church Brown County

What We Believe 

The format of the service is mostly traditional. While we are not officially tied to any specific denomination, our theology can be characterized as "Reformed." Many, but not all, of us have Presbyterian backgrounds.


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SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
We in the reformed faith affirm the absolute sovereignty of God. We believe he is the only living and true God, infinite in being and perfection, omnipotent and eternal. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons of one substance, power and eternity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. From Him alone proceeds faith and the grace of salvation.



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THE THREE GREAT STATEMENTS OF THE REFORMATION

​1. GRACE ALONE
Salvation comes solely from God's grace; it is unmerited and received as a gift.
John 3:16; Romans 4:3-5; Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 2.8-9; Titus 3:4-7

2. FAITH ALONE
​We appropriate grace through faith alone, not through sacraments or works, and faith is a gift of God.
John 1:12-13; Romans 3:20-22; I John 5:11-13

3. SCRIPTURE ALONE
​The sole source of authority, it is a reliable revelation of God.
I Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21; Galatians 1:11-12



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ROLE OF SCRIPTURE


The reformed faith puts special emphasis on knowing and understanding Scripture. We consider the whole of Scripture to be important for the church - the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, wisdom writings and law as well as the prophets and Gospels. We believe it to be the revealed Word of God and the sole source of authority about him. We look to the whole of the Bible to find understanding of what the Scriptures teach. Some parts are hard to understand, but other parts help clarify. We find truth in the statement of John Calvin that "Scripture interprets Scripture." For this reason we hold education to be of the highest importance. We encourage our members to participate in Bible studies and other educational events. We also encourage the strengthening of secular education and literacy programs. It is no accident that many colleges in existence today were originally founded by reformed churches to raise the literacy level of believers to better prepare them for scriptural studies.

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MISSION AND OUTREACH

Every Christian has a commission to be an evangelist. This is not restricted to those who follow the reformed tradition, but it is an important part of our tradition. Mission and outreach include both proclaiming and spreading the Word, and to doing what we can to help meet the needs of others.
​Christ is our model.​

CREEDS AND CONFESSIONS


We have adopted as our doctrinal confessions the following :

->Apostle's Creed
->Nicene Creed
->The Westminster Confession
->The Shorter Catechism (Westminster)
->Heidelberg Catechism

These confessions are not binding on members of our church, though they do reflect what our church teaches.

They may be found in full text at the web site:
www.reformed.org/documents/index.html

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