Salem Reformed Church is a local body of believers seeking to serve their covenant God in Rome and the surrounding communities. Our goal is to bring "every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5c) by proclaiming (and living out in our lives) the whole counsel of God in our area and even to the uttermost parts of the earth. Our purpose is: to continually seek ways to bring people to serve the Living Christ; to discover the spiritual gifts God has given us and learn to use them in a meaningful ministry; to offer the Lord worship (see below) that is faithful to the Scriptures and sincere in spirit; and to apply the claims of Jesus Christ to every area of life. Salem Reformed stands in the Reformed tradition and is a member church of Athanasius Presbytery of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (formerly Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches)(CREC).
We are, unashamedly, Calvinistic and Reformed in our theology. Our doctrine that we confess is best expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms , as well as the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt. These standards are true statements of our doctrines and beliefs. They all are subordinate to the Word of God (which alone is infallible and inerrant): the ultimate and final authority for our faith and practice. We also adhere to the ecumenical creeds of Christendom: The Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.
What Is the Gospel?
Christ came into the world to save sinners. He accomplished that and now lives as King of all. All men must submit to His rule. The Gospel is simple but complex. Christianity may be defined in three simple ways: Creation, Fall, Redemption. Or Paradise Given, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained. See here for a somewhat shorter version of the Gospel of Christianity or here for the longer (article) version.
As well, and more recently, Read here about the CREC response to the Supereme Court decision about "gay marriage".
Click here for a short statement on sexuality
Our church emphasizes the covenant and our relationship with our covenant Godhead. That means, among other things, that we gather together as God's covenant people, as part of His Bride, to worship Him. We highly esteem the covenant community that binds us together by the love of Christ and geographic proximity. We value the family as God's foundational building block for the church and society. That means, as well, that we gather together on the Lord's Day to worship as covenant families as the family of God. We believe covenant children are part of the church family and ought to be treated accordingly. That means our children are part of our worship/covenant renewal service. See here for our view on children and worship.
Our basic order of worship:
God Calls Us to Worship
God Cleanses Us
God Consecrates Us by His Word
God Communes with Us
God Commissions Us
We observe the Lord's Table (God Communes With Us) each Lord's Day. This includes our entire covenant community and visitors who have been baptized and are under the authority of Christ and His Body, the Church. See here for our view on paedocommunion/credocommunion issues.
See here for our view on worship and for the view on worship in the CREC.
For further information on Salem Reformed Church's positions and policies, please see this page.
George Crocker - Teaching Elder (Pastor). To contact Pastor Crocker by email, please use our online contact form. Or call 706-413-2678
Edwin Johnston, M.D. - Ruling Elder. To contact Elder Johnston, please email him at edwinj6036 @ gmail.com (note that you will need to remove blank spaces when you paste this address).