We like the word ‘evangelical’ because it comes from the Bible word for the message of Jesus, the good news – the best news! – that Jesus has ushered in the rule of God and that Jesus rescues humans, and indeed the entire creation, from rebelliousness, lostness, and God’s judgement. What has been accomplished through the death and resurrection of Messiah Jesus, his ascension to God, and his outpouring of the Holy Spirit, changes everything.
We like the word ‘reformational’ because it locates us in the stream of churches that emerged centuries ago, honouring the Scriptures as the written word of God and clinging by faith to the extravagant grace of God, not only for individual life, but also for the renewal of community and creational life.
Creeds such as The Apostles’ Creed and confessions such as The Westminster Confession, are significant historical statements of the character of God, and the meaning of faith with which we align ourselves. We join with disciples of Jesus around the world in affirming: “From the beginning, through all the crises of our times, until the kingdom fully comes, God keeps covenant forever: Our world belongs to God! God is King: Let the earth be glad! Christ is victor: his rule has begun! The Spirit is at work: creation is renewed! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”