church is increasingly dominated by the spirit of this age rather than by
the Spirit of Christ. We call ourselves to repent of this sin and to
recover the historic Christian faith.
Our mission is to encourage, embolden, and equip
ministers and other church leaders for the
work of Biblical reformation in the churches. To this end we envision
informal, voluntary Reformation Societies throughout Pittsburgh under the
model of the Alliance
Confessing Evangelicals, where church leaders will meet for the
joining of hearts and minds in pursuit of actual and practical reformation
in their churches.
The Reformation Society of Pittsburgh calls upon local pastors and
Christian leaders to unite in our effort to bring reformation to the
church by joining us:
- To create a network of leaders
to cooperate in the work of reforming the church by affirming the
conviction of the Cambridge
Declaration, and to encourage, embolden, and equip one another for
the practical implementation of Biblical principles in our churches;
- To elevate the great truths of
the Bible in the life of our churches and region, in particular the "solas"
of the Protestant Reformation. We know by Scripture alone that we are
saved because of Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone and
all to the glory of God alone.
How Does God Bring
Reformation to the Church?
Both Scripture and Church history show God's readiness to aid His Church
in humble repentance and reformation. God brings reformation through the
recovery of his Word in the church. King Josiah "read in their hearing all
the words of the Book of the Covenant.... then all the people pledged
themselves to the covenant" (2 Kings 23:3).
In the time of Ezra's reformation, "They read from the Book of the Law of
God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could
understand" (Neh. 8:8).
Our duty, therefore, is that of
Jude 1:3, "To contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the
saints." He adds, "Build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in
the Holy Spirit... Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the
fire and save them; to others, show mercy, mixed with fear" (Jude
The Reformation Society of
Pittsburgh believes therefore, that the times demand that leaders in
Christ's Church must:
- Confess, before God, their worldliness;
- Humbly ask God for the wisdom and grace
necessary for reformation in His Church;
- Seek guidance given to us in God's
infallible and all-sufficient Word;
- Establish the Bible as our
churches' only rule of faith and practice, employing means and seeking
ends that are Biblical in principle.
We believe that Gods infallible Word is the source and norm for all faith
and practice in Christ's Church. We hold that Word to be effective and
sufficient for our needs in His service.
Furthermore, we affirm the
following Reformation principles as vital summaries of Biblical teaching.
The inerrant Scripture is the sole source of written divine revelation,
which alone can bind the conscience.
Christ Alone: Our salvation is accomplished by the
mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone.
Grace Alone: In salvation we are rescued from God's
wrath by His grace alone. Salvation is of his unmerited love and not of
Faith Alone: The knowledge of Scripture alone and the
believing of and commitment to such knowledge shows forth that Christ
alone is the object of saving faith through which we are justified by
his atonement for our sins.
To God Alone Be the Glory: Because salvation is of God
and has been accomplished by God, it is for God's glory. Therefore, we
must glorify Him always.
Why A Call to Action?
We must act because worldliness - both in the means we employ and the
goals we pursue - has gripped the evangelical Church. We must act out of
obedience to the exalted Lord of the Church and give devotion to His
Gospel of Grace which alone "is the power of God for the salvation of
those who believe." Rom.1:16
Why a Society?
Reformation means standing against the spirit of the age, so pastors and
church leaders must join together to encourage, equip, and embolden one
another in the work of the Reformation. Most importantly, a society brings
the Word of God and prayer to bear on the leaders themselves,
strengthening them for the work of a faithful shepherd.
What Will A Reformation
The activities of the Reformation Society of Pittsburgh will meet and act
in support of reformation in the church. Typical Reformation Societies
engage in the following:
- Hosting pastors' or church
leaders' luncheons and/or other events which encourage, equip, and
embolden them as heralds of the Gospel.
- Have Reformation Bible Studies
(RBS). These were used by the reformers to guard the faith by sharpening
their handling of the Word of God. Our free get-acquainted packet will
include guidelines for Reformation Bible Studies along with the
Cambridge Declaration and other start-up materials. Our get-started
packet will include a tape of a live RBS and the "Here We Stand" tape by
the late Dr. James Boice. This packet will include tape costs and
postage making a charge of $10.00 a necessity. The RBS luncheons are an
important part of a local Reformation Society's bonding and growing in
the reformation of the local church. They act as a means of equipping,
encouraging, and emboldening pastors and teachers in proclaiming the
whole counsel of God.
- Host a seminar or conference
in your local area to elevate the great themes of the Bible and of