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As a minister in a Reformed Church, I am delighted to be able to commend this book by Daniel Hyde, as it provides one of the most useful studies of the basics of Reformed belief, worship, and practice that I have come across. I will be commending it not only for people wishing to know more about the basics of the reformed faith, but also for those who sit in Reformed churches and need to know more deeply their heritage. --Dr. Mark Jones: Pastor, Faith Presbyterian Church (PCA) Vancouver, British Columbia

Daniel Hyde's popular introduction to the Reformed faith will provide a wonderful tool for busy pastors who are looking for help in welcoming new believers into membership in the local church. Welcome to a Reformed Church will also serve as a kind of road map for those who are new to the Reformed faith- to its history, confessions, doctrinal commitments, and patterns of worship and ministry. In its own way, this book is a great example of the kind of 'hospitality' Reformed churches are called to show those whom the Lord is gathering in their fellowship by His Spirit and Word --Dr. Cornelis Venema: President and professor of doctrina studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary Dyer , Indiana

Daniel Hyde has written an invaluable road map for pilgrims new and old so they can know what Reformed churches believe and why. With this book, Christians can navigate the often-confusing landscape of different denominations and understand what makes Reformed churches unique, and more important, biblical. Pastor Hyde's work is clear, succinct, informative, and faithful to the Scriptures. I highly recommend this work to anyone who desires to understand the theological pillars of the Reformed faith. --Dr. J.V. Fesko: Academic dean and associate professor of systematic theology, Westminster Seminary California Escondido, California

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Rev. Daniel R. Hyde is the pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California, a congregation of the United Reformed Churches in North America. A native of Long Beach, California, Rev. Hyde was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. He was converted to Christ at age 17 in a Foursquare Church and encountered the Reformed faith at an Assemblies of God college, where he earned his bachelor s degree in religion. He earned his master of divinity degree from Westminster Seminary California, where he was mentored by Drs. W. Robert Godfrey, Michael Horton, and R. Scott Clark. He earned his master of theology in Reformation and post-Reformation theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, where his thesis advisors were Drs. Joel R. Beeke and Derek W. H. Thomas. Rev. Hyde has written a number of books, including Jesus Loves the Little Children, The Good Confession, What to Expect in Reformed Worship, God with Us, With Heart and Mouth, and In Living Color. He also has written numerous articles and chapters for books. He lives in Oceanside with his wife and college sweetheart, Karajean, their sons, Cyprian, Caiden, and Daxton, and their dachshund, Xerxes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (March 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567692036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567692037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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By Matthew R. Kuiper on March 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reformed Defense

"This book is like walking into the foyer or narthex; there you look around, meet some
people, and begin to take note of things about this church."

What the author attempts to do in Welcome to a Reformed Church is to provide people who are interested in the reformed heritage with information as well as to provide those who are currently in the movement with an apologetic work. Hydes' intention for writing this book is then two fold: an introduction to those outside, and a well thought out defense for those within.
Often times when visiting a new church a pilgrim may have great difficulties with getting a clear answer as to where this church may be. Labels may help a believer somewhat in this search but in an age that willfully neglects all historical roots it can be very difficult to get the label church from the assembly let alone Baptist.
How the Reformed movement differs from the postmodern definition and practice of the church is that leaders like Hyde seek to show where the movement came from as well as to what historical pillars of thought it clings too. This differs so much from some ecumenical leaders who would rather protect themselves and their church by means of hiding their past and their theology through the usage of verbal fog. Hyde does not cater to this weakness as he digs deep into historical orthodoxy to show the Reformed Churches roots.
In the pages of Welcome to a Reformed Church lies a surprisingly thorough but concise introduction to covenant theology. The decision to purchase this book can be made alone for this well thought and easily understood chapter on the covenants.
All throughout Welcome to a Reformed Church the author writes with an excellent big picture view when discussing theological topics.
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Hyde, Daniel R.. Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims. Orlando, Fla.: Reformation Trust Pub., 2010. Print.
Rev. Hyde offers readers a primer on the history and doctrine of the Reformed Church, focusing mainly on the 3 Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and Canons of Dordt).

The Good:

Although a Reformed Evangelical Baptist, I am indebted to the 3 forms more than any other confession, catechism, or doctrinal formulation. I welcome with joy this brief book which introduces many to a heritage that is little-known in the broader American Evangelical Church.
Rev. Hyde takes great care to represent Reformed theology as a religion of the heart and mind. Hyde states,
"God has established an inseparable connection between truth and godliness. If truth remains in our heads but does not proceed to dwell in our hearts and find expression in our conduct, then we are no different, James says, than the devils (James 2:18-19)."
Many have criticized Reformed theology as being arrogant and cerebral. While there are some who may unfortunately represent the Reformed heritage in such a way, this certainly is unrepresentative of the whole. Hyde commends Scottish Presbyterian John "Rabbi" Duncan's quote, "I'm first a Christian, next a Catholic, then a Calvinist, fourth a Paedobaptist and finally a Presbyterian. I cannot reverse the order." Hyde reminds us that we are first Christians, and secondly catholics. Catholic in the sense that we affirm solidarity with the church behind us, the church around us, and the church ahead of us.
Hyde also reminds us that Reformed theology highlights the importance of Sanctification.
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I do not come from a Reformed Church background. Over the first 25 years of my life, I attended three typically evangelical churches and over the past two years, I have been the pastor of a non-denomination church. I am grateful for this background and wouldn't have it any other way. However, a couple years ago, through his radio ministry, I discovered the teachings of R.C. Sproul. This name was not new to me, but I was not overly familiar with his ministry. The more I listened to Dr. Sproul, the more I had an appetite for his teachings. Over time, God provided a way for me to attend the 2009 Ligonier National Conference in Florida (Ligonier is Dr. Sproul's ministry) and I was deeply impacted by that conference. Ever since then, I have sought to gain more of an understanding of the teachings of Reformed Theology. For all you other inquirers out there, the best place to start would have to be John Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion." While I have read the abridged version and have the full version (over 1000 pages!) of the "Institutes" in my library, I realize that for some this might be an intimidating place to start. If that describes you, my advice for you would be to get Daniel R. Hyde's book "Welcome to a Reformed Church." It is very readable and is a fantastic introduction to the Reformed tradition.

Hyde starts off by giving a little history lesson on the Reformed Church, which is always a necessary starting place for this kind of book. In chapter 2, Hyde looks at the confessional element of Reformed Theology.
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