There is no shortage of churches in our small country. And they are all competing for your attention. How do you choose a church to visit / attend? How do you choose a church in which you can become a member? We want to answer this question by telling you what kind of church we are and invite you to consider our church.
Our church was formally constituted in October 1984. We met for worship in rented facilities in Belmont, Port of Spain. In April 1997 we moved to Auzonville Road, Tunapuna. And in June 2012 we moved to our present address, #90, Tunapuna Road, Tunapuna.
The name of our church is The Reformed Evangelical Church. What’s in a name? Our name was carefully chosen to reflect our theological/historical roots.
The word Reformed links us to the great Protestant Reformation that began in 1517. God used Martin Luther to create a theological movement that would restore the preaching of the Biblical gospel. The Reformation has been described by historians as the greatest Evangelical revival since Pentecost (Acts 2). A study of church history would also show you that the Reformers did not start a new church movement. They were simply seeking to restore the faith that was handed down to us by the apostles (Jude 1:3) and that was faithfully preached by the Church Fathers. In other words, the Faith we hold to can be traced to the Reformers, through the Church Fathers, and all the way to the Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles.
The word Evangelical says we preach the good news of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The good news of the gospel is summed up for us in 1 Cor. 15:3-4. The apostle Paul wrote, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
Why did Jesus come into this world to die for sinners? 1 Tim. 1:15 says, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” And Rom. 6:23 tells us that for all who believe in Jesus, “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Acts 16:31 says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”
We would like to add here that we are also a Baptist Church. As Baptists we believe that only those who have repented of their sins and believed in the Lord Jesus for salvation can be baptized (Acts 2:41; 8:35-38; 16:31-33). Since the word “baptize” means to immerse, we believe the Bible clearly teaches believer’s baptism by immersion (Matt. 28:18-20).
In the Bible the word church is not a building. The “church” is an identifiable assembly of people gathered for the specific purpose to worship God, or as Peter put it, "to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 2:5). As a church, we have an identifiable membership under the leadership of pastors and deacons (1 Tim 3:1-13). Among other things, we are primarily a worshipping church, a Bible teaching / preaching church, an evangelistic church, and a mission-minded church.
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is God’s revelation to mankind. In the Bible God has spoken (Heb. 1:1-2). God is omniscient, truthful, and cannot lie or make mistakes. In view of this, we believe the Bible is inspired by God, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative. God has given to us in His word all that we need for faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2Pet. 1:3). We are committed to glorifying the Triune God who has revealed Himself to us in the Bible (1 Cor. 10:31).
The Lord's Day
We believe Sunday is the Lord’s day, the day when the church must gather for worship. (Rev. 1:10; Acts 20:7; Heb. 10:25). The apostle Paul told us how we must conduct our worship (1Tim. 3:14-15). When we gather to worship our Triune God, we sing hymns of praise to God; we pray; we read the Scriptures publicly; we celebrate the Lord’s Table; we worship God through the giving of tithes & offerings; and we worship God through the preaching of God’s word. The strength of our church is expository preaching. We are committed to Biblically ordered worship (1Cor. 14:40).
The Return of Jesus Christ
We believe in the second coming (visible return) of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1Thess.4:13-18). We believe in the resurrection of all believers in Christ unto eternal glory (2 Thess. 1:10; Matt. 25:34). We believe in the resurrection of all who did not believe in Christ unto final judgment and condemnation to eternal punishment (Acts 17:30-31; Matt.25:41,46).
For more detailed information on what we believe as a church, please refer to this page.
If you have any further questions or would like to speak with someone, please refer to our contact page.
It is our ongoing prayer that you will visit us, and in doing so, you would find with us a kindred spirit for the glory of God and the building up of His Church.
May the grace of our God be with you!