Sunrise Church has at its foundation the Christian Reformed Church, a 150-year-old Protestant denomination (also known as the Christian Reformed Church in North America). So what does the name Christian Reformed mean?
We have the word Christian in our name because we confess that we belong to Jesus Christ, and are His followers. We emphasize the centrality of the Bible and the all-powerful care of God.
Our denomination uses the word Reformed in its name because we’re aligned with that historic branch of Christianity that withdrew from the Catholic church in the early 1500s.
This branch has influenced many great historic preachers, such as Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and Charles Spurgeon. In modern times, many Christians are familiar with the books of Reformed writers such as R.C. Sproul, John Stott, and J.I. Packer.
In North America
The church was called Presbyterian in Scotland, and Reformed in continental Europe. In the early 1800s, some of the Reformed people moved to the United States from the Netherlands, and in 1857 they started the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
Today, the Christian Reformed Church is racially and ethnically diverse, and has churches throughout the world, with about 300,000 members in North America in over 900 churches.
The Christian Reformed Church also initiated and cooperated with 20 other denominations in the production of the NIV (New International Version) of the Bible, an accurate translation of the Bible using twentieth-century English.
For more information on the Christian Reformed Church, check out their homepage at www.crcna.org.