“Who are these guys?” That was the question the teenage Daniel R. Hyde posed to his father when he first encountered “Reformed” believers. With their unique beliefs and practices, these Christians didn’t fit any of the categories in his mind.
Not so many years later, Hyde is now Rev. Daniel R. Hyde, a pastor of a Reformed church. Recognizing that many are on the outside looking in, just as he once was, he wrote Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrimsto explain what Reformed churches believe and why they structure their life and worship as they do.
In layman’s terms, Rev. Hyde sketches the historical roots of the Reformed churches, their scriptural and confessional basis, their key beliefs, and the ways in which those beliefs are put into practice. The result is a roadmap for those encountering the Reformed world for the first time and a primer for those who want to know more about their Reformed heritage.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Dr. Guy Prentiss Waters
Introduction: Welcome to a New World
1. Roots: Our History
2. Confessions: Doctrinal Foundations
3. Scripture: The Final Authority
4. Covenant: God’s Story
5. Justification: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone
6. Sanctification: The Christian Life
7. Church: Distinguishing Marks
8. Worship: Of God, by God, for God
9. Preaching and Sacraments: Means of Grace
Daniel Hyde has been the pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California, since it was planted in 2000.