Frequent Questions

What is a Reformed Church?

The word “Reformed” comes from reformatio, to “return” or be “renewed.” In church history, the 16th century Reformation was essentially a church renewal movement that sought to go "back to Bible" to bring doctrinal and moral renewal to a compromised church. Features of a modern Reformed perspective include:

(Why) are children included in the worship service?

Many churches segregate minors from the main service. We understand the pragmatic impulse behind this practice. However, we believe that the Bible presents us with a different dynamic: namely, corporate worship where both children and adults pray, sing, listen, understand, and give voice to God's grace and goodness in their lives (Deuteronomy 31:12Ezra 10:1Nehemiah 8:2). We have found this integrative practice to be a great blessing to us. We hope you do too!

How do I get connected to the community at Phoenix URC?

God has created His people for fellowship (Acts 2:42-484:32-35Ephesians 2:19-22) and so connecting is an integral component of Phoenix URC's ministry. Sundays are the best place to begin. Relationships are formed and deepened before, during, and after worship. Post-worship classes also provide an opportunity for relationship-building as well as informal contacts throughout the week. If you are interested in connecting with others in the context of service, check out the "Get Involved" section of our website.

How do people give to Phoenix United?  Where does it go? 

Giving is an important component of Christian living. Giving comes in the form of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-6Ephesians 4:7) and material offerings (Malachi 3:102 Corinthians 9:6-8). Opportunities abound at PURC for both. As to monetary offerings, PURC supports a number of carefully designated causes including such things as local benevolence and budgetary needs, home and foreign missions, Christian education, disaster relief, and other causes. PURC's deacons as managers of spiritual and material resources (Acts 6:1-61 Timothy 3:8-13) ensure that all monies given are accounted for and distributed properly.

Why do you have creeds, catechisms, and confessions?

The purpose of these historic summaries of Christian beliefs is to systematically teach (Luke 1:1-31 Timothy 4:16), protect (2 Peter 3:17), and defend (Jude 3) the faith. They do not possess the same inspired authority as the Bible (2 Timothy 3:162 Peter 2:19-21), yet they are useful as faithful summaries of what the Bible teaches and help in discipling new believers (Matthew 28:19,20).

Why become a member of a church?

Church membership is an important component of Christian discipleship. Jesus said, "Whoever would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." (Matthew 16:24). The Bible teaches us that to follow Christ requires that we join ourselves to His church (Hebrews 10:22-25Acts 2:47). Membership is the means whereby we formally commit ourselves to the local expression of Christ's church much like formal vows commit husbands and wives to each other. Church membership brings with it the fruits of joy, fellowship, service, pastoral oversight, and accountability in the local church. Church membership has been a great blessing to us. If you want to know the process for becoming a member at PURC, see any ElderRev. Grotenhuis, or contact us.