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Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims Paperback – March 17, 2010
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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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"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.Read more ›
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).
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Helped me understand the creeds and their significance. I am thankful for this brief work and the refers fences listed in it.Published 2 months ago by Joel Gass
As a URC pastor using this book for our new member's class, I have found it to be a very helpful tool for guiding discussions with prospective members. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Benjamin
The author presents the fundamental tenets of the Reformed Church very well. As someone who ministers to and interacts with persons of all faiths and denominations on a regular... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Aidan Rogers
Good book that shares the principles of reformed theology. Recommended for anyone interested in knowing more about reformed theology.Published 14 months ago by M. Kennamer
This book is a great overview of the reformed faith. It is written to give us a basic understanding of the marks of the true church.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good introduction to the basic premises of the reformed churches and reformed theology in general. An easy read.Published 17 months ago by JasonT