True Gospel Unity, Not Ecumenical Indifference
A.R.F. represents a biblical unity between pastors. We share a common understanding of God, His ways, and His gospel’s priorities. In this way, our unity does not result from a watering down of doctrine, but from a joyful celebration of it.
For more specific detail about what unites us, we could refer to several points of historical consensus.
The “Five Solas” of the Reformation
The principles coming out of the Protestant Reformation are historically summarized in these five points:
Scripture alone (sola Scriptura)
Christ alone (solus Christus)
Grace alone (sola gratia)
Faith alone (sola fide)
God’s glory alone (soli Deo gloria)
The Five Canons of Dort
The conclusion of the Synod of Dort in 1619 produced the following canons, more popularly known as “The Five Points of Calvinism.” These provide a good summary of what is generally meant by “Reformed Theology”:
Total Depravity (Total Inability)
Limited Atonement (Particular Redemption)
Perseverance of the Saints
At its heart, these biblical truths paint a picture of God’s sovereignty in all things, including the salvation of sinners. Our need is great. Our sin is great. But God is greater.
Praise be to God!