We call ourselves the “Free Reformed Church of Darling Downs” :
“Church” We are a church. The word “Church” comes from the Greek (kuriakos) which means “belonging to the Lord”. By calling ourself “church” we profess to be an assembly of believers who have been bought with the precious blood of Christ, and who now belong, with body and soul, to our faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.
“Reformed” Our church is “Reformed”. The word “Reformed” means “brought back to the original form”. During the Dark Ages the Church departed from the doctrine of Holy Scripture and from the scriptural form of Church government. In the sixteenth century the Church was restored to its original form by the men of the “Great Reformation”, such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldreich Zwingli, John Knox and many others. By calling ourselves “Reformed”, we indicate our desire to maintain the pure doctrine of God’s Word as delivered by the apostles and the early Church fathers, and as rediscovered by the men of the Reformation.
“Free” Our church is “Free” Reformed. The word “Free” indicates our desire to remain free from the hierarchy of broader church assemblies and free from false doctrines. We honour the position of the local church as the only ecclesiastical assembly which has received authority from Christ, and which answers to Christ alone. Because we are convinced of the need for mutual support, we belong to a federation of churches. In order to maintain unity in this federation, we promise to submit to all decisions made in the broader assemblies which agree with the Word of God and the Church Order (system of church government).
The Holy Bible
The Free Reformed Churches accept everything that is written in the Bible to be the Word of God. This Word has no equal because it is: Inspired by God the Holy Spirit who caused many different men to write it over a considerable period of time. Infallible in that it is a completely reliable and trustworthy book which should not and need not be doubted. Inerrant, meaning that whatever is revealed in it is without error, contradiction or misrepresentation. Sufficient because it fully contains the will of God and reveals all that we need to believe in order to be saved. This Word represents the final rule of faith and life in our churches. We receive it for regulation, foundation and confirmation of our faith. It serves as the basis for all authority in our churches.
Creeds and Confessions
The main teachings of the Bible have been summarized in documents called creeds or confessions. Of the many creeds that have appeared throughout the history of the Christian church, we subscribe to the Ecumenical Creeds and the Three Forms of Unity.
The Ecumenical Creeds – namely the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed – come to us from the early church. The Three Forms of Unity – namely the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort – have come to us from the Reformation of the sixteenth century.