What We Believe
What is a Reformed Church?
First Reformed Church of Tampa is a part of the family of "reformed churches" which emerged from the Reformation Period. The Christian leader who is generally recognized as the founder of the reformed movement is John Calvin, a pastor and theologian from Switzerland. Reformed churches are known by several distinctive characteristics:
The Bible is the written Word of God and our rule of Faith and conduct.
God is sovereign and reigns over all of human history with his just and merciful rule.
Salvation is by faith through God's gracious initiative.
Reformed churches recognize two sacraments:
Baptism is offered to children (Covenant Baptism) and professing adults who affirm faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
The Lord's Supper commemorates our Lord's death until His return. In our church the sacrament is open to all believers.
Reformed congregations are governed by elected elders and deacons, together with the pastor.
Elders give special attention to ministry of the spiritual needs of the church.
Deacons give attention to the material and missions features of congregational life.
First Reformed Church enjoys friendly relationships with many other churches and denominations all of whom honor Jesus as the Son of God, the Savior of humankind from sin, and the Lord of life.
We hope that you will visit us and enjoy the worship hour. If you have additional questions you may e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 813-886-6210.