Foundation

The FRCSA are Reformed Churches. This means that we desire to live in all respects according to the Holy Scripture, accepting it as the reliable and authoritative Word of God. We endeavour to cherish both Christian doctrine and lifestyle and therefore accept the summary of the Holy Scripture found in the Creeds of the old Christian Church:

In addition the FRCSA accept the Reformed standards dating from the 16th century. At that time the Reformed Churches in Europe returned to the Word of God and its doctrine as summarized in the following documents:

  • Belgic Confession
  • Heidelberg Catechism
  • Canons of Dordt.

When professing their faith publicly, members express their agreement with the doctrine of Holy Scripture as taught in the Christian Church and promise to adhere to this doctrine for the rest of their life.

All office bearers in the FRCSA are obliged to express their agreement with the confessional standards by signing a subscription form. With this they promise to teach only what is in accordance with the Reformed foundation of the churches. They also promise, should they develop a deviant view, that they will not propagate it, but first submit it to the consistory for evaluation. Breaking of this promise will lead to immediate suspension.

Church Order

The FRCSA organise their cooperation according to the church order originally adopted by the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands at the National Synod of Dordtrecht in 1618/19.

This Church Order takes its point of departure from the fact that the local church is not merely a branch of a national church, but self governing with no other authority above them than the King of the church, Jesus Christ. At the same time this bond with Christ also binds the separate churches together, obliging them to maintaining a bond with one another. This federation is founded on the unity of the same faith. Churches bound together in a federation encourage and guard one another so that this bond with Christ and his Holy Word is not threatened. The mutual agreements of the federation are laid down in the Church Order.

Liturgy

The liturgy used in the worship services of the FRCSA stands in the tradition of the Calvinist Reformation.

The churches use the Afrikaans Psalms as compiled by Totius, and in addition the 50 Scriptural hymns in the same hymnal. It also contains the liturgical forms (for example for the administration of baptism, Lord’s Supper, solemnisation of marriage, etc.)