The term 'Evangelical' comes from a Greek root meaning 'good news' and it refers to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was term used by many early protestant leaders.
An Evangelical Reformed church is one that holds the Bible, the Word of God, in high esteem, one that pursues the worship of the Triune God in spirit and truth (God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [Him] in spirit and in truth.), one that seeks to live all areas of life for the glory of God, and one that relies upon God for her very existence. An Evangelical Reformed church believes, steadfastly, in God's righteous and directing providence and strives to apply this in worship, study, devotion and life. An Evangelical Reformed church recognizes the universal Church as established by Christ. This recognition extends across denominational and cultural boundaries to those who also share in the Evangelical Reformed faith of Christianity. An Evangelical Reformed church truly appreciates those doctrines that emphasize the grace and rule of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Luther spent a large amount of time trying to convince the church that man, separated from God in his sinful state, was saved by God's grace (the unearned, undeserved favor of God toward His chosen people) alone through faith (a simple, God given belief in every word from God's mouth) alone. He believed that doctrine and the teaching of it should be based on scripture, alone. Along with the studies by Calvin of the scriptures these theologians recognized the clear teaching of scripture that God is indeed still the Ruler of the earth. They believed that God was not an idle viewer but was active in all of nature and the affairs of man, that "he who watches over you will not slumber" (Psalm 121:3). They taught, as the apostle Paul did, that "For in him we live and move and have our being(Acts 17:28)." They were sure that God ruled over His creation with all sovereignty and that all events came to pass by God's design, "him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will (Ephesians 1:11)."
The term 'Reformed' is a term that goes back almost five centuries to a period when the church underwent a Reformation, attempting to return Christianity to the authority of the Word. The desire of the people involved in the Reformation was not to change God's word but to bring the church back into line with it. Led by Martin Luther and John Calvin, the Reformation churches split off from the errors of the Roman church and began what we know today as the Protestant church.
An Evangelical Reformed church believes that worship is due the Creator the Lord their God and gathers together to worship Him. Worship is very central to the Reformed faith; (Psalm 99:1-The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Psalm 99:3-Let them praise your great and awesome name—he is holy. Psalm 107:32-Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. An Evangelical Reformed church seeks to grow to be spiritually mature and to be even more diligent to make their call and election sure. An Evangelical Reformed church desires the fellowship of the saints Hebrews 10:24-And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds: Hebrews 10:25-not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. An Evangelical Reformed church endeavors to share their joy in the Lord with others, Romans 10:17- Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
The Reformers five centuries ago sought to humble man and exalt God. This objective has been carried on from the beginning of time until now by those who desire to know the Lord of hosts. Reformed churches believe Proverbs 9:10-The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. They want to teach and share the word of God in and out of season so that Christ's church may benefit from sound doctrine that exhorts a believer to a deeper appreciation of the God he serves.