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Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

The Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary has its own website that you can visit online at www.prts.edu.

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary was born in May of 1995, with classes officially commencing in August 1995. Students of the Heritage Reformed Congregations and the Free Reformed Churches attend for their theological training; students outside of these denominations are accepted on the basis of adherence to the Three Forms of Unity or the Westminster Standards and meeting the basic admissions requirements.

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is distinctive because of its Reformed, experiential emphasis and its academy model of education. Ministry in the church of Jesus Christ—whether it be preaching, teaching, counseling, or administration—must be theologically informed. Therefore, our seminary strives to fully equip students for a variety of forms of gospel ministry, always remembering that the Holy Spirit’s unction and blessing is requisite to make men “able ministers of the New Testament.”

Several seminaries in North America today teach Reformed doctrine, but few such institutions have a deep respect for Reformed, experiential preaching. By experiential preaching, we mean Christ-centered preaching which stresses that, for salvation, sinners must have a personal, experiential, Spirit-worked knowledge of Christ (John 17:3, 1 Cor. 1:30), and, by extension, of all the great truths of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:14-17). Thus we stress, as the Puritans did, that the Holy Spirit causes the objective truths about Christ and His work to be experienced in the heart of sinners.

Experiential preaching is therefore applicatory. It explains how matters do go and how they ought to go in the Christian life. It aims to apply faith in Christ to all of the believer’s experience, as an individual and in all of his relationships in the family, church, and world (Rom. 7:24-25; Col. 2:6-7). Experiential preaching is also discriminatory. It defines the difference between believers and unbelievers, opening the kingdom of heaven to believers and shutting it against unbelievers (Matt. 16:19).

In dependency on the Holy Spirit, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary trains men who are called by God to be pastors and feel kinship with this Reformed, experiential emphasis in preaching.