Free Reformed Churches of North America


Free Reformed Churches of North America

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Its members believe the true Church is recognized by the "pure preaching of God's Word." [Introducing the Free Reformed Churches of North America, (St. Thomas, ON: Free Reformed Publications, 1996), p. 8] This preaching is the proclamation of the whole Word of God (the Bible), the attributes of God the Creator, the sin which humanity has fallen into, the redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit in both bringing sinners to salvation and sanctifying them in this life.

Baptism

The Free Reformed Churches hold to infant baptism, believing that the Bible teaches that children born of believing parents are set apart by God and therefore members of His Covenant of Grace. [Introducing the Free Reformed Churches of North America, (St. Thomas, ON: Free Reformed Publications, 1996), p. 6.] However, being in the Covenant still carries with it the necessity for every person to be born again, which is a promise given that needs to be prayed for, and asked fulfillment of, from God. [Introducing the Free Reformed Churches of North America, (St. Thomas, ON: Free Reformed Publications, 1996), p. 7]

Pastoral education

The FRCNA is served by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The seminary opened in 1995 and offers master's degrees in divinity or religion."Seminary expansion blazes future 'path'", Gary W. Morrison. The Grand Rapids Press, Dec 25, 2004. B4] PRTS has an enrollment of 65-70 students (2008 figure). ["PRTS Update," Vol. 5, No. 1, (March 2008), p. 2. Accessed from [http://puritanseminary.org/files/02-08_PRTSUpdate.pdf] , April 6, 2008.]

Creeds

Three Forms of Unity

The FRCNA fully subscribe to the Three Forms of Unity, believing that while these three historic Reformed creeds are not inspired by God, they do agree with, and are a faithful summary of, the Word of God in all respects:
* Belgic Confession of Faith (1561)
* Heidelberg Catechism (1563)
* Canons of Dort (1618/19)

Early Christian Church creeds

The FRCNA also fully subscribe to the three creeds of the early Christian church:

* Apostles' Creed (+-150 A.D.)
* Nicene Creed (381 A.D.)
* Athanasian Creed (500 A.D.)

Publications

Free Reformed Publications publishes and prints various books, magazines, and articles on behalf of the FRCNA. These include:

Magazines and articles

* [http://www.frcna.org/Messenger/ The Messenger] (the official monthly publication of the denomination)
* [http://www.frcna.org/YouthMessenger/ The Youth Messenger]
* [http://www.frcna.org/Banner/ Banner of Truth Messages] (evangelistic outreach messages)
* Free Reformed Theological Journal (Spring and Fall)

Books

*Cornelis (Neil) Pronk, [http://www.heritagebooks.org/bookstore/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4097/ "Expository Sermons on the Canons of Dort"] , 1999.
*Cornelis (Neil) Pronk, [http://www.heritagebooks.org/bookstore/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=5312/ "Faith of Our Fathers: Studies in the Doctrines of Grace"] .
*David H. Kranendonk, ed., [http://www.heritagebooks.org/bookstore/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?search_in_description=1&inc_subcat=1&keywords=voices+from+our+heritage&manufacturer=&osCsid=qptkgvt76h2jl89fgbvlv2edq0&x=0&y=0 "Voices From Our Heritage"] , 2005.
* Gerald R. Procee, "Holy Baptism: The Scriptural Setting, Significance and Scope of Infant Baptism", 1998.
*Andrew Van Der Veer, [http://www.heritagebooks.org/bookstore/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?search_in_keywords=1&plural=1&s=1&keywords=bible+lessons+for+junior "Bible Lessons for Juniors"] , 4 vols., 2007. (co-published with Reformation Heritage Books)
* "Their Lives & Your Life: Children's Devotions on Bible Characters", 2007. (co-published with Reformation Heritage Books)

ee also

* Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

References

External links

* [http://www.frcna.org/ Official website]


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