The Hungarian Reformed Church is founded on the Calvinist doctrine of the Protestant Reformation, based on the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. Our Church professes the biblical truths of the supreme authority of Scripture, salvation by grace alone, salvation by faith alone, salvation through Christ alone, and living life for the glory of God alone. These emphases are seen in the slogans of the Protestant Reformation, often called the “five solas”:
- Sola Scriptura – the Bible is the final authority in faith in life
- Sola fide – we are justified by faith alone, not by faith and works
- Sola gratia – we are saved by God’s grace to us, and His grace alone, and not because of anything we have done
- Solus Christus – we are saved through the person and work of Christ alone, not Christ plus the sacraments or Christ plus good works
- Soli Deo Gloria – all things are to be done to God’s glory alone
Our faith is conservative, Bible-based, and Christ-centered. The Heidelberg Catechism and the Second Helvetic Confessions support a deeper and meaningful understanding of our faith. Our ecclesiastical governance is conducted through an elected body of presbyters who represent the interest of our congregation.
Baptism is usually performed during infancy. Our congregation pledges to support the family in the Christian education of the child, welcoming the child into our church family. Confirmation is usually at the age of 13 following instruction about our faith by our pastor for approximately one year prior to Confirmation, which is held on Pentecost. Those who are confirmed partake in the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is held eight times through the year at Christmas, Lent, Maundy Thursday, Easter, Pentecost, Consecration of the New Bread, World Wine Communion, and Consecration of the New Wine.
We honor our Hungarian heritage.