About Hope Reformed Church

The Hope Reformed Church in Pierre is part of the Reformed Church in the United States. The Reformed Church in the United States believes the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God, and Jesus Christ to be the only Savior. The Bible teaches all that is necessary for us to know for our eternal salvation in Jesus Christ. The doctrinal beliefs that our church is founded upon do not change from generation to generation, but remain constantly based upon the Bible because of our written creeds, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dordt, and the Belgic Confession. These creeds come to us from the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century and are based upon the clear teaching of Scripture. They form a doctrinal standard for all the congregations in the Reformed Church in the United States, and they provide us with an effective way to learn the key teachings of the Word of God. We invite you learn more about the Reformed Church in the United States by visiting our denominational web site at www.rcus.org.

Our Purpose:

Our basic purpose in all that we do as a church and as individuals is to glorify God. To worship and glorify the true and living God is the most important function of man, because God is our Creator and the Savior of those who truly trust in Him. Our church is not first of all a social institution or a community organization, but a worshiping body, intent on praising our Triune God, the God of the Bible.

In keeping with our purpose to praise and glorify God, we strive to build up Christian believers in their most holy faith. This is done through the teaching and application of the Scriptures for every area of our lives: marriage, the family, education, work, Christian fellowship, mutual sharing and caring, social and government morality, etc.

It is our purpose to spread the truth about Jesus Christ, His saving mercy and His holy commandments, to others through evangelism—calling all men to repentance from sin and to faith and the joy of salvation in Christ.

Our purpose also includes the ministry of mercy to the needy, in so far as we are able, in demonstration of the compassion of Christ.

The purpose of Hope Reformed Church, then, to repeat the words of the Apostle Paul, is to “do all to the glory of God”, according to His holy Word (1 Corinthians 10:30).

Our History and Denomination:

The name Reformed denotes the stream of Protestant Christianity which had its origin in the theology of the influential Genevan Reformer, John Calvin. Calvinism (or Reformed), as this theology is nick-named, was adopted by the French Huguenots, Scotch Presbyterians, English Puritans, and our Pilgrim Fathers in America. Reformed (following the teachings of Calvin and others) denominations sprang up early in various European countries including France, Switzerland, Holland and Germany. These churches are officially known as “Reformed” to distinguish them from the other protestant denominations. While in England, Scotland and Ireland they are also known as Presbyterian.

The Reformed Church in the U.S., of which the Hope Reformed Church of Pierre is a congregation, has a history reaching back to the Calvinistic reformation in Germany in the sixteenth century. Many German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania in the early 1700s establishing Reformed congregations. By the time of the Revolutionary War, the German Reformed Church was the sixth largest denomination in America, being larger than the Lutheran and Roman Catholic communions. The adjective “German” was dropped in 1863 leaving “The Reformed Church in the U.S.” as our name. We continue to hold fast to the strict Biblical convictions of our spiritual forefathers, refusing to compromise with modern “liberal” thinking which has departed from the teaching of Holy Scripture.

What we teach:

1. We teach that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God. We also believe that the Bible is God’s absolute standard for all areas of life and faith (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Ps. 119:105).

2. We teach that God is Triune; one God in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This Triune God is absolutely sovereign in creation, providence, and salvation (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Nehemiah 9:6).

3. We teach that while all men are created in the image of God, they are all born in sin. Since all men sin in thought, word and deed, they stand condemned by the Justice of God. (Genesis 1:27; James 3:9; Romans 1:18, 3:20, 6:23; Jeremiah 17:9).

4. We teach that in the eternal plan of God there is a definite number of persons who are redeemed and delivered from the guilt and condemnation of their sin by the perfect substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross (John 10:26-28; Ephesians 1:3-6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24).

5. We teach that this salvation is by God’s grace through repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31).

6. We teach that salvation is spoken in terms of a Covenant or the solemn promise of God, made to us and to our children, with Jesus Christ as its basis and Mediator. Because the Covenant promise is to parents and their children, we stress the importance of family salvation, worship and instruction (Genesis 17:7; Hebrews 8:6; Luke 18:16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 6:4).

7. We teach that the local church consists of Christian believers and their children; that God has instituted the sacraments of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper from them; and that the church is to be nurtured and governed by the New Testament offices of Pastors, Elders, and Deacons (Acts 3:28-42; 1 Corinthians 14:33, 40; Acts 20:17, 28; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 3; Matthew 18:15-18).

8. We teach that the great tasks of evangelism and discipleship, both here at home and abroad, are the responsibility of the Church (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, 13:1-3).

9. We teach that those who are truly converted to God by the Holy Spirit will, out of thankfulness to God for their salvation, live a life of practical godliness (Matthew 5:16; Romans 6:17, 18; 8:1-4; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:15-17; 1 Peter 2:9-10).