What is the Reformed Evangelical Movement?
A movement is different from an organization. A movement is a fire, a burning spiritual zeal that inflames a group of people which forms an influential force towards others to see, confess, take part and undertake an important task to change history. A historical movement of quality always possesses consistent theories, agile strategies, wholehearted dedication, faithful followers, and timeless influences in secular and spiritual aspects; such elements above can be seen clearly. Due to this, the Reformed Evangelical Movement needs to also pray to God to provide help and blessings in these important matters. We believe that the motivation to establish this movement is purely by God’s calling, the demands of the current age as well as living the life of faith as Christians in history. As such, we can clearly see how God abundantly gives his blessings both in his accompaniment and his anointing, especially in awakening many individuals kindled by the fire of the Holy Spirit. Soli Deo Gloria (All glory be to God alone).
What is the Contents of the Reformed Evangelical Movement?
This movement covers two aspects. Firstly, to return a theological understanding based on the revelation of God in the Holy Bible that is spearheaded by the Reformators, especially by Calvinist faction and its successors until today. With strict adherence to theology, based on the significance contained in the Scripture, the faith of Christians will be equipped and strengthened to face the challenges of all ages. Secondly, to kindle the evangelistic passion and mobilize Christians to directly proclaim the Gospel, which is the good news for all mankind. This introduces the power of salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the reconciliation of man and God, creating a new life that glorifies God, bears witness to Christ, and preaches the Gospel. Thus, this movement brings the church to take root in the Word of God and bear fruit in the world.
How Did This Movement Begin?
The steps of this movement have been led by God through the obedience of his servants. So, we have planned several aspects (based on Reformed Theology): Firstly, to develop as many people as possible who understands and experiences Reformed Evangelical teachings. This is realized by holding Christian Faith Development Seminars (Indonesian: Seminar Pembinaan Iman Kristen, SPIK). Secondly, to filter and refine a select group of lay people who are invested in studying Reformed theology systematically and consistently. This aspect is realized by the establishment of the Reformed Evangelical Theological School (Indonesian: Sekolah Teologi Reformed Injili, STRI).
Thirdly, to establish a library providing quality books to fill the needs of people who desire to learn more of the truth, and who believes that this movement is universal in nature and impactful in history. Fourthly, to develop a theological school and Institute to prepare full-time ministers for future generations. Fifthly, to build churches and Evangelical chapters with right theology to act as a container for ministers to courageously teach Reformed theology and shepherd the Lord’s elect. Sixthly, to translate and print Reformed theology books.
With regards to Evangelism, the plans involve: Firstly, to hold mass evangelism events and directly face the needs of society and teach people to repent and accept the invitation to believe as Christians. Secondly, to hold evangelistic discipleship training to equip individuals called to expand the Kingdom of God through personal evangelism. This mobilizes Christians to be the channels of God’s grace to the public society. Thirdly, to train full-time evangelists in theological schools to prepare ministers with gifts and particular calling in evangelism. Fourthly, to provide Gospel chapters in order to provide the fruits of evangelism leading to pastoral and church community life.
What is Unique About This Movement?
The Reformed Evangelical Movement is different from the Reformed Evangelical church and denomination. The Reformed Evangelical Movement is intended to encourage all denominations and may be part of churches outside the Reformed Evangelical denominations, so that churches may be revived and directed to correct theology and proper Evangelical spirit. However, the Reformed Evangelical Movement does not close any possibilities for ministers holding Reformed Evangelical theology to establish Reformed Evangelical churches as one of the vessels in the Kingdom of God, accompanying other churches to carry out its calling as the body of Christ.
Who is In This Movement?
This movement is not monopolized by full-time ministers, nor by IREC, because Reformed theology and evangelism in the Reformed Evangelical Movement should be the internal essence and external action that all churches must possess. Thus, every Christian who has experienced new birth by the Holy Spirit and has been baptized in the Lord has the right to take part in the Reformed Evangelical Movement. God willing, then such Christians with passion and holding such theology in heart can freely, by their own volition, join the Reformed Evangelical Institution, even the Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Church. Every man who takes part in this movement must realize and understand the Reformed Evangelical Confession of Faith and be willing to work together with the Reformed Evangelical community to develop this movement, in order to glorify God, purify the faith of the church, and inflame the spirit of the Great Commission until Christ returns.
IREC and the Reformed Evangelical Movement
IREC is built on the grounds of the Reformed Evangelical Confession of Faith with the purpose to uphold a church with Reformed theology as its basis, with a pulpit that preaches expositorily, and a congregation that commits to proclaim the Gospel. This church is part of the body of Christ, composed of all the churches which base themselves on right teaching in carrying out their duties in this world. The members of IREC are composed of: Firstly, the people who accept God as the result of direct evangelism and are baptized into IREC. Secondly, from a member of a church overseas which moved in to a city where IREC exists, and by their own volition and request becoming a member of the church by attestation after undertaking catechism classes. Thirdly, children of members which are entrusted by faithful parents to be brought up in the Christian faith. Fourthly, the changing of church membership following appropriate procedures.
Among the members of IREC, those who believe in the importance of this movement and also possess the calling of God to dive in this movement will be given the opportunity to join the church ministry so that through observation, refining and training, members are developed into workers which may serve many more people. Committee members are selected from those who have passed ministerial duties and are considered mature in faith. Every Christian who comprehends the Reformed Evangelical Movement should provide a positive influence, both in church life, public society and the country on which they live in.
The Prospects of This Movement
Through the Reformed Evangelical belief, we hope more churches return to correct teaching and more churches be involved in undertaking the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ. As such, the Seminary (STTRII), Reformed Institute, and Theological School (STRI), located in major cities in Indonesia and overseas, bear the responsibility to educate Christians in their knowledge of Reformed theology as well as mobilizing evangelistic mission campaigns. IREC is expected to open as many Reformed Evangelical Chapters (Indonesian: Mimbar Reformed Injili, MRI) as possible in various places to fill the needs and thirst of Christians on the Word of God, Reformed theology, and evangelism training. We hope that true theology can be the key in illuminating culture and life in this world; and via evangelism, bringing all nations back to God, for the Lord said, “You are the light of the world; you are the salt of the world.” As we approach the 21st century, marked with mass movements greatly influenced by the spirit of New Age Movement as well as cultural movements based on postmodernist philosophy, let us shine forth the Word of God as lighthouses, leading the lost back to the embrace of our eternal God.