What We Believe

What We Believe

We are part of the Christian Reformed Church of North America, read about our Reformed Accent to understand some of our beliefs. We tend to empathize basic doctrinal teachings from scripture centered on JESUS in ways that transform how we live.

The Bible 

We believe the Bible is the Word of God in its entirety; infallible, verbally inspired, and inerrant in all that it affirms as originally written, and fully authoritative.

Humanity

We believe that our first parents, Adam and Eve, fell into sin through disobedience to God’s will, and that all people are sinners by nature as well as by choice. Apart from the saving grace of God, we are eternally lost and destined for hell.

The Church 

We believe the local church is a body of believers in Jesus Christ, whose purpose it is to exalt God in worship; to edify the saints through biblical instruction, prayer and fellowship; to evangelize the lost by testifying to the grace of Christ; and to extend the reach of God’s kingdom through missions. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus left two ordinances to be outwardly observed by the church namely, baptism and the Lord’s Table (Communion).

The Triune God 

We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe this God is the Creator of all things, including man, for His own pleasure and purposes.

Salvation 

We believe that all who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by grace through faith are born again into the family of God and from that moment on possess an eternal home in the heavenly kingdom that awaits them.

Jesus Christ 

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as our substitute and sin-bearer, rose bodily from the grave, ascended into heaven, and is coming again. We believe in the imminent, visible and physical return of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures.

The Holy Spirit 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God and regenerates everyone who humbly repents of sin and believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. Every believer, from the moment of regeneration, is baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ, is indwelt by the Spirit, and is sealed by the Spirit as a guarantee of eternal salvation that cannot be lost. By yielding control of the life to Christ, on a daily basis, the believer is filled with the Spirit and empowered for Christian service.


Creeds and Confessions

Three creeds adopted by the worldwide church centuries ago summarize the most important tenets of our faith…

APOSTLES’ CREED 

  • ATHANASIAN CREED 
  • NICENE CREED 

There are also three confessions which the Christian Reformed church holds to be standards… 

  • BELGIC CONFESSION 
  • CANONS of DORT
  • HEIDELBERG CATECHISM