PROTESTANT REFORMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN CROATIA (A JURISDICTION OF THE REFORMED EPISCOPAL CHURCH)
REFORMED EVANGELICAL TRADITIONAL LITURGICAL
Protestant Reformed Christian Church in Croatia has been founded on 24, May, 2001 after several parishes became independent from the Reformed Christian Church in Croatia. The Church has been founded on its historical tradition of the 16th century Reformation in Croatia when the oldest parish of the PRCC has been founded in Tordinci (on 17, May 1551). The Church has been registered as the religious community i.e. a church in the Official Registry of the Religious Communities and Churches in Croatia.
The Protestant Reformed Christian Church in Croatia confesses basic Christian creeds, The Apostolic Creed, the Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed. As a Church of the Reformation legacy we accept the Calvinist teachings as they are defined in the Heidelberg Catechism and the 39 Articles of Faith.
PRCC believes in the triune God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
PRCC believes that Christ, a real God and real man, had made the atoning sacrifice on the cross for the elect.
PRCC believes that the Bible is inspired Word of God and primary authority for our faith and practice.
PRCC believes in justification by faith and salvation by grace.
PRCC believes in two sacraments, which are visible signs of invisible, spiritual grace: Baptism and the Eucharist. Baptism is administered to children of believers as the sign of the covenant. In the Eucharist Christ is really present, although notphysical but spiritual.
PRCC believes that believers should live their lives in sanctification in Christ and in fellowship with other believers in their parish church.
PRCC believes in one, universal Christ’s church on earth, and that all believers who follow Christ are called to participate in the Eucharist feast together.
Protestant Reformed Christian Church in Croatia is liturgical Church. The church uses the Book of Common Prayer, 1662, and liturgically follows the form of the Anglican reformation of the 16th century.
Mission – Evangelism
PRCC holds that important task of the church is mission and evangelism, and the church is active in proclaiming the Word of God and planting new churches.
At the Synod held on 19, May 2011 PRCC entered into fellowship with the Reformed Episcopal Church and accepted the Episcopal Church structure. Bishop Ordinary is Rt. Rev. Royal U Grote, and Assistant Bishop is Rt. Rev. Gerhard Meyer. Bishop Grote appointed the Superintendent of the PRCC to the position of Archdeacon, and so the PRCC became under the jurisdiction of the REC thus in fellowship with the Anglican Church in North America lead by Archbishop Robert Duncan.
PRCC has four ordained minister and one deacon. In Croatia the Church has three parishes, one mission church and one church in founding. In Serbia we have two mission churches.
What the Reformed Episcopal Church believes...
Built upon the foundation of the authoritative Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, the Reformed Episcopal Church declares her commitment to the work of evangelism, the bold and unadulterated proclamation of salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 8:4). In keeping the faith once delivered to the saints, the Reformed Episcopal Church, however, does not believe evangelism to be the end, but rather the beginning of her divinely given vocation. Thus, she is deeply committed to discipleship, the work of training evangelized men and women in Christian living (St. Matthew 28:20}. This inescapably means that the Reformed Episcopal Church sets her highest priority on biblical worship. When the gospel is truly proclaimed and the mercies of God are made known, redeemed men and women must be led to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice, which is their spiritual service of worship (Romans 12:1). Thus, the Reformed Episcopal Church understands the Christian life to be necessarily corporate.
The Gospel call of salvation is not only to a Saviour but also to a visible communion of those who have been saved (1 Cor. 12:27), which communion, being in-dwelt by Christ's Spirit, transcends both temporal and geographic bounds. Therefore, the Reformed Episcopal Church is creedal, following the historic Christian faith as it was affirmed by the early undivided Church in the Apostle's (A. D. 150) and Nicene Creed (A. D. 325); sacramental, practicing the divinely ordained sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper as outward and visible signs of His inward and spiritual grace; confessional, accepting the doctrines and practices of the English Reformation as found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion; and episcopal, finding unity with the Church of the earliest Christian eras through submission to the government of godly Bishops. In this fashion, by embracing the broad base of doctrine and practice inherent in the historic Church of the Reformation, the Reformed Episcopal Church has a foundation for effective ministry in the name of Christ to a world which is lost and dying without Him.
REC mission statement can be found at http://rechurch.org/recus/?MIval=/recweb/foundations.html&display=ms
REC resolution of sexual ethic can be found at: http://rechurch.org/recus/?MIval=/recweb/foundations.html&display=rse
The REC Declaration of Principles can be found at: http://rechurch.org/recus/?MIval=/recweb/foundations.html&display=dop