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What Is a Reformed Church? (Watts)

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“A true church, Reformed according to God’s Word, is the dwelling place of God, maintaining and declaring the truth which He has been pleased to reveal,” writes author Malcolm Watts in What Is a Reformed Church?

Watts then looks specifically at the basics of the Reformed faith and explains, both biblically and historically, the distinctives of a Reformed church, its doctrines, and its practices in worship, church government, church discipline, and evangelism.

For both believers who are just discovering the Reformed faith and those who need to be reminded of its distinctives, this handbook offers readers solid answers to the question of what it means to be Reformed.

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Table of Contents:

  1. The Distinctives of a Reformed Church
  2. The Great Emphasis of Reformed Doctrine
  3. A Right View of Worship
  4. The Government of the Church
  5. Reformed Church Discipline
  6. Reformed Evangelism
  7. Maintaining the Reformed Faith


“These days the term Reformed is applied to many beliefs and practices that are not Reformed. Malcolm Watts offers a wonderful guide so that the uninitiated can know what the historic Reformed faith looks like in doctrine and practice. This book, however, is also a terrific aid for the well informed as a reminder and index of classic Reformed theology—biblical, confessional, and practical.” - J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

“Finally—a sound, concise yet meaty little book on the basics of the Reformed faith, Reformed ecclesiology, and Reformed evangelism. Malcolm Watts’s What Is a Reformed Church? is an excellent work for those just discovering the Reformed faith as well as for those who are more advanced but need to be reminded of its distinctives. Ministers would do well to urge their consistories or sessions to provide a copy for every church member or family. Its biblical content, sanctified scholarship, challenging insights, and warm pastoral applications are just what the church needs today. I know of no better basic Reformed handbook for believers.” -  Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletic, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

About the Author 

Malcolm H. Watts is minister of Emmanuel Church in Salisbury, England. He is also the chairman of the Trinitarian Bible Society and the Bible League Trust, as well as a visiting lecturer at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.