What We Believe
What is the chief end of man?
Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
[Westminster Shorter Catechism Q1]
Third Reformed is committed to the Bible as the inspired Word of God,
our only infallible rule of faith and practice. Our confessional standards are The Westminster Confession of Faith and The Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
Why Worship With Us?
We seek to glorify God, not man, making the enjoyment of Him central to our worship and our lives, regulating our conduct in heartfelt devotion.
We equip believers for loving ministry and mutual discipleship.
We work to enfold the covenant community, protecting the boundaries with right doctrine and practice while building covenant families.
We strive to bring worshipers into His courts of praise by evangelizing our local community and supporting missionaries elsewhere.
The Bible alone is our highest authority.
We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
We are saved by the grace of God alone.
Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
Sola Gloria Deo
We live for the glory of God alone.
We believe that the interpretation of the Bible summarized in the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards is right and true. And being "Reformed" means we are both biblical and confessional. Like many churches, we confess that the Bible is the only infallible source of God's revelation to the Church, that it is fully inspired and without error and that there is no higher authority. Moreover, we believe that Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh, is the everlasting Head of the Church.
In becoming a member of Third, and all PCA churches, the following vows are affirmed before the congregation:
1) Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?
2) Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
3) Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
4) Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
5) Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?