Reformation Church. Unicoi, Tennessee.
About Reformation Church

Our name is Reformation Church because the Christian Reformation of the 16th Century was the most important event in world history since Christ accomplished the salvation of his people and the apostles established the Christian church two thousand years ago. Five hundred years ago the Reformers - men such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox - preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Europe, and God caused many to understand and believe that Gospel. After dwelling in spiritual darkness for centuries, Western Europe saw the light of the Gospel, and that message saved millions of souls and reformed church, state, and society. We are the heirs of that Reformation. 

Reformation Church began meeting weekly in 2004 in Unicoi County for the purpose of proclaiming the same message of salvation that the Apostles and the Reformers taught. There is no other Reformed congregation in Unicoi County, a population of 18,000 souls. You are welcome to join us each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. for Bible study and worship.

We are a Presbyterian congregation not affiliated with any denomination. On the first Sunday of every month you are welcome to stay after for a fellowship dinner. We celebrate the Lord's Supper on the third Sunday of every month.

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Augustine John Knox Gordon H. Clark


  • Reformation Chapel is an assembly of Christians gathered under the truth, authority, and sufficiency of the Bible as the only Word of God.
  • The 66 books of the Bible are the truth, all the truth men can know on Earth, and nothing but the truth. God the Holy Spirit, who wrote the Bible, convinces those who have been chosen by Christ that the Bible alone is the Word of God.
  • The Bible is authoritative because it is the only infallible guide for our faith and life. Nothing – church tradition, private revelation, secular philosophy, or personal opinion – is to be added to the Bible at any time.
  • Scripture is sufficient in its directions for the doctrine, worship, and mission of the church. God repeatedly warns men neither to add to nor to subtract from the Bible.
  • The only infallible interpreter of Scripture is Scripture itself. When there is any question about the meaning of a verse, the question must be settled by other verses that speak more clearly.
  • The supreme judge in all controversies is the Holy Spirit speaking in the Bible alone.

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  • God is three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • God is all-powerful and all-knowing, and has planned and knows everything that happens, from the greatest to the least.
  • God created the universe, including mankind, in six days.
  • Man was created in the image of God in knowledge and holiness; but through Adam’s disobedience to God, men have become sinners.
  • Jesus Christ is one individual, both God the Son and sinless man, the only mediator between God and man. Jesus Christ lived and died for the sins of his people, and since he is God and cannot fail, his people will inevitably be saved from their sins and taken to Heaven to live with him forever.
  • All salvation, from election to glorification, is a gift of God and is an act of his free grace; no credit is due to sinners.
  • A person is saved through belief of the truth alone, and that belief is a gift of God, not through any of his own works, or the works of any other mere creature, "saint", or angel.
  • Jesus Christ, now in Heaven, is coming to Earth again, not as a baby, but in judgment on all who have not believed his Gospel.

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  • Worship by Christians takes place in the congregation, in families, and in individual devotions.
  • All practices which are not found in Biblical worship should not be part of Christian worship.
  • Congregational worship in the New Testament and the early church included reading, teaching, and discussing God’s word; praying and singing praise to God; and observing the Lord’s Supper.
  • Congregational worship in the Bible included all God’s people, believers and their children. There is no Biblical warrant for dividing the congregation into gender, age, racial, or social groups for worship.
  • It is especially important for families to be together in congregational worship so that they can discuss the teaching of the Word at home.
  • The family should worship in the home. The head of the household should lead his wife and children in Bible study. It is one task of the Elders in the church to equip the men of the congregation to be spiritual teachers in their families.
  • Individual Bible study should be a daily part of every Christian’s life.

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  • Jesus commanded the church to teach the Gospel to all men, to baptize those who believe the Gospel (and their children), to make disciples, to counsel and instruct one another, and to care for the poor of the congregation.
  • The only means provided by the Lord for spreading the good news of redemption in Christ is the Word of God.
  • Only God can convert a sinner, and Jesus assures us that his sheep will hear his voice in the Gospel and be saved.
  • Church growth based on some other means – attracting people with programs, services, elaborate and impressive rituals, art, and entertainment, for example – may increase the number of church members, but not the number of Christians. A church composed of unbelieving members will not and cannot carry out Christ’s commands.
  • The church is God’s household. The church exists to help believers better conform to the image of God’s Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, first in knowledge, and then in action. One way this may be done is by caring for members who are poor, sick, widowed, or otherwise in need and unable to work, as those who are part of Christ’s family.

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  • The government of the church is under the head of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other head of the church, and no one may assume powers reserved to the Lord speaking in his Word.
  • Heads of families who are Elders (presbyters) of the church governed God’s people in the Old and New Testaments and in the early church.
  • Elders are men elected by the men of the congregation and ordained to office by other officers.
  • Elders govern the church by and under the Word of God. They do not have the right, even for allegedly good reasons, to add to or subtract from the Word. The principles of the Word are to be observed in all decisions of the Elders.
  • The primary means by which the Elders rule is by teaching of the Word of God. All Elders must be able to teach God’s Word accurately and effectively, in order to equip the saints for Christian service.
  • Deacons are also servants of the church who must be believers, knowledgeable in the Bible, and godly heads of their own family. Men are encouraged to become teachers in their homes and in the congregation.

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