About the Site

  • I've named this, The Reforming, because it is about God reforming our will based on His will (see below).
  • The Reforming is a hub for weekly tools for biblical growth and encouragement, with other helps also.
  • This is a ministry of North Harford Baptist Church in Jarrettsville, MD. 

Why Reforming?

Growth

The idea of reform alludes to the process of Spiritual growth. Stagnation is not good in your relationship with God. Mechanical routine in church life is not good. Spiritual growth is dynamic, not static. The greatest thing that can happen to us is that God would reform our hearts, minds, and lives by His grace and power according to His Word. May He reform our will based on His will. 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect

Romans 12:2

Truth

True reform is based on the Bible, not speculation or tradition. True reform comes from the power of the Holy Spirit, not human effort. We must depend on God, the fountain of life. True reform aims to glorify God and exalt Jesus Christ as Lord over and in all things. 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

Life

The idea of reform, i.e., spiritual growth based on the Bible, applies to all of life but can be summarized in three main areas of practical application. Reform applies theologically, personally, and ecclesiologically

1. Beliefs

First, reform applies theologically. This means our beliefs and teachings must be driven by, based on, and shaped by the Bible. Reformed theology, traditionally, centers on the sovereignty of God in all things and the redeeming grace of God in particular. It carries a commitment to the authority of God's Word in all things. Our theological commitments must come into alignment with God's will.

2. Personal Life

Second, reform applies personally. We all, because of our sin, weakness, and limitations, possess an ongoing need for reform in our hearts and minds, wills and words, lives and longings. Our personal lives must come into alignment with God's will.

3. Church Life

Third, reform applies ecclesiologically. This means reform in the practices and ministries of church. There are no perfect churches. Biblical churches, though, aim not only to bring their beliefs into alignment with God's will, but also their organization and other practices into alignment with God's will. Local churches are the way God has organized and the way God advances His kingdom (i.e., His redemptive reign in Christ) in the world. It is important, therefore, for churches to be structured and operated according to God's Word, not man's opinion or church tradition. Yes, our churches must come into alignment with God's will. 

"Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more."

1 Thessalonians 4:1 

Conclusion

The Reforming, therefore, is about seeking the Lord to bring our personal lives, our theological commitments, and our ecclesiological practice into alignment with God's will based on the Bible. 

We all need God to gradually reform our will based on His will. This is the heart of The Reforming site. 

The tools on this site come from that heart and purpose. They are local church ministries collected onto a webpage for convenience and accessibility. They are ministries of God's Word to people for the glory of God. I pray God will use these tools to grow you and encourage you in your faith. 

Review

  • Reform is about spiritual growth in different areas of life based on the Bible, which reveals God's will.
  • Personal reform is about our hearts and lives coming into alignment with God's will. 
  • Theological reform is about our beliefs and teachings coming into alignment with God's will. 
  • Ecclesiological reform is about church practice coming into alignment with God's will.