WELCOME TO A REFORMED CHURCH – Daniel Hyde (2010)

Welcome to a Reformed Church is a superb introduction to ecclesiology and Reformed theology. Daniel Hyde clearly describes the history and tenets of a church that stands in the Reformation stream.

The author provides the context for the Reformation and walks readers through the confessional history of the Reformed church.  Hyde summarizes the sola’s of the Reformation (sola gratia, sola fide, sola Christus, Sola Scriptura, and Soli Deo gloria). Additionally, the author skillfully explains critical doctrines such as justification by faith and sanctification.

Hyde discusses the distinguishing marks of a reformed church, namely, faithful preaching, the administration of the two ordinances, and church discipline.

While the book proves valuable, I have personal qualms with a few of the positions that are typical proclaimed as Reformed.  First, infant baptism is promoted, a view that does not have biblical support.  Second, the author endorses the so-called Regulative Principle, the view that maintains Christians ought to worship God “in the manner he has commanded us in his Word.”  On face value, this view seems credible.  Who would promote a view that embraces anything other than what God has commanded?  The problem here appears to be a cultural issue. For example,  reformed thinkers would be mistaken to marginalize what Sovereign Grace ministries is accomplishing.  Reformed theology and contemporary God-centered worship is difficult to argue with!  Clearly, these are debatable matters that can be discussed in a thoughtful and civil way.

Overall, Welcome to a Reformed Church is a worthwhile read.

Semper Reformanda!

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