What is the definition of “Reformed”?

You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”
— Romans 9:19-20

The word “reformed” points us back to the Reformation in general and specifically John Calvin, whose theology could be summed up briefly to say there is a focus on the sovereignty of God and the inerrancy of His Word. Reformed theology also has been summarized in what are called the five solas: Jesus Alone, By Grace Alone, Through Faith Alone, In Scripture Alone, To the Glory of God Alone. Today it is more closely associated with what are called “The Doctrines of Grace”, or the “5 Points of Calvinism” (which sometimes uses the abbreviation “TULIP” Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance of the Saints.  (click here for more information on this topic).   Here are a couple Calvin quotes:

This is why Paul upholds the teaching of the gospel in such a forceful way ... Seeing such an example and such a picture of man’s great weakness and fickleness, Paul states that the truth of the gospel must supersede anything that we may devise … he is showing us that we ought to know the substance of the doctrine which is brought to us in the name of God, so that our faith can be fully grounded upon it. Then we will not be tossed about with every wind, nor will we wander about aimlessly, changing our opinions a hundred times a day; we will persist in this doctrine until the end. This, in brief, is what we must remember.
— John Calvin, Sermons on Galatians
Thus it is that we may patiently pass through this life with its misery, hunger, cold, contempt, reproaches, and other troubles - content with this one thing: that our King [Jesus] will never leave us destitute, but will provide for our needs until, our warfare ended, we are called to triumph.
— John Calvin, Institutes

The reformation was all about getting things back to Christ and his word, because Medieval Catholicism had obscured those two things, and there are many different things which obscure Christ and His word today! So the work of reformation continues! And what is that work, but to confront ourselves and the world boldly with this truth: that you have no hope, except that Christ died for your sins, and was raised on the third day! How do you become reformed, stay reformed, and lead others to reformation theology? Go to the Word of God, the Holy Bible.

In Prayer Today:

Thank God for biblical truths which were re-highlighted in the time of the reformation and hopefully are being highlighted in your church today!