THEOLOGY MATTERS because the gospel of Jesus Christ matters. The task of theology is to evaluate the church’s proclamation of the gospel according to Scripture and as attested in the catholic creeds and the Reformed confessions and catechisms of the church, in order to ensure that it is an authentic proclamation of the gospel and not something other. This urgent work must be done afresh in every age.
Theology Matters exists to equip and encourage, to instruct and inspire, members of the Reformed-Presbyterian family and the wider Christian community through the clear and coherent articulation of theology that is reformed according to God’s Word. It exists to bear witness to the truth of Jesus Christ. Theology makes a fundamental difference in the way we pray, think, and live.
More specifically, Theology Matters commits itself to these principles for its program:
First (1): To announce the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of the Kingdom of God based upon the command of Jesus Christ;
Second (2): To continue to stand and serve within that branch of the church’s theological tradition that both historically and currently is biblical, catholic (Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds), Protestant (evangelical), Reformed (Reformed confessions and catechisms), and Presbyterian (having elders); and
Third (3): To strengthen and advance the faith that continues to bind together believers and congregations that adhere to historic Reformed faith and practice, and to facilitate the coming together in fellowship, solidarity, and unity of those churches; and
Fourth (4): To rely upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern and to act upon opportunities for cooperation with the broader Reformed and Presbyterian movement (including at this time but not limited to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (E.P.C.), and A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (E.C.O.), as well as other Reformed and Presbyterian Churches around the world) to try to regather scattered Presbyterians into the tradition that binds us together and to solidify Reformed theology and proclamation, in order to fulfill the primary, basic, and essential purposes of evangelizing and catechizing to follow Jesus’ will that His followers may all be one.
Approved May 16, 2019