In terms of my Systematic Theological position I am a Calvinist - it is a pure and simple fact that I nether try to hide nor flaunt.
Why am I a Calvinist?
Because I took the time to investigate Calvinism and other systematic theological positions so as to assess them in light of the Bible. In my case this investigation eventually gave birth to a Calvinist.
To state it negatively, I became a Calvinist not because I was trained in it from childhood (I wasn't). I became a Calvinist not because I had friends or family who were Calvinists (I didn't and they weren’t). I became a Calvinist not because I started my theological training at a Calvinistic Bible College (I didn't). I became a Calvinist not because I was desperately seeking a guru to follow other than Jesus (I wasn’t).
I became a Calvinist because I actually took the time to read Calvin in his own words and to weigh his teaching in light of the Bible. And so morning by morning on a big British double-decker bus between the village of Kirkintilloch and the city of Glasgow, I read Calvin's Institutes, and by the end of that winter I became convinced that the things I read were true and profoundly helpful in so far as they accurately represented the teaching of the Bible.
I highly recommend this sort of exercise to anyone willing to read and wanting to grow in their Christian understanding. Try it and see if you don’t experience a similar result.
I am fully convinced that if a solid theological foundation can be discovered within a public bus on its way to Glasgow, Scotland it can be discovered anywhere.
A helpful and easy to read encapsulation of Reformed teachings can be explored here .