The content of this page was largely adapted –with my edits in bold— from the Reformed Baptist Facebook group’s overview of the meaning of Reformed.
>Affirms the 5 great “Solas” (Latin for “only”) of the Reformation
To Summarize: Salvation by Grace Alone, through Faith [belief] Alone, in Christ Alone, according to the Scriptures Alone, to the Glory of God Alone. That is to say, man is not saved from sin by performing well or perfectly adhering to some ethical code. Rather, his salvation is a graceful gift from God that is received as a result of believing the true propositions of the Gospel as revealed to us in the Bible. This salvation was earned by the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf and was given to us for the advancement of God’s effort to glorify Himself.
>Affirms and promotes an extremely high view of the supremacy and sovereignty of God in all things and sees God as actively involved in His creation, governing and overseeing all the affairs of men.
>Affirms the dependence of man upon God in all things, especially concerning salvation.
>Affirms the Doctrines of Grace (commonly referred to as “Calvinism”) which display God as the Author of salvation from beginning to end.
>The acrostic TULIP (which is a summation of the Canons of Dort) is the most familiar way of delineating the doctrines of Grace. TULIP is made up of 5 points, which are:
>Creedal (Affirms the great creeds of the historic, orthodox church)
>Confessional (Affirms one or more of the great confessions of the historic orthodox church)
>Covenantal: To affirm the great covenants of Scripture and see those covenants as the means by which God interacts with and accomplishes His purposes in His creation, with mankind. The Scriptures contain numerous examples of God “covenanting” with man, establishing and ordaining a variety of covenants.
>A high view of Scripture, in its necessity, infallibility, sufficiency and internal consistency, and our dependence upon it to learn what God has revealed about Himself, His commands, and His way of salvation.
>A high view of the church in preaching (the exposition and application of God’s Word), the ordinances, discipline, prayer, worship (the Regulative Principle), fellowship and evangelism, all encompassed in the keeping of the Christian Sabbath, commonly called The Lord’s Day.
>A distinctly Biblical, Christian worldview that permeates all of life; a life lived in the world, but at the same time, a life not oriented to the world and its standards, but oriented to God’s Word.
>A clear understanding of the distinction between, and relationship of, Law and Gospel.