who are we?

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:19-20

Vision and Mission

 

God has called First Reformed Church to do its part in the fulfillment of the global mission of God to evangelize the world and disciple the believer by teaching them to obey all Christ has commanded." (Matthew 28:18-20)

~Mission Statement, November 2021



We exist to make disciples.  We are called to live as Christ's church in our daily lives, and to help others do the same.  

 

This is the mission of our church, and we accomplish this through corporate worship, fellowship, the study of God's Word, and the development of personal discipleship and service to the community.

History

As a congregation we had our beginning here in Bluffton in 18​82 as a part of the Reformed Church in the  United States.  Since then, we have partici­pated in two historic mergers . . .

 

Reformed Church and the Evangelical Synod of North America (1934) and

Evangelical and Reformed union with the Congregational Christian Churches (1957), which formed the United Church of Christ in the U.S.A.

In 2006 the church returned to its historical roots and became the  First Reformed Church of Bluffton.  First Reformed Church is a member of the Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches.

 

In the light of this heritage we recognize two sacraments:  Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  We embrace in fellowship and love all who confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world.