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Our Beliefs:  The Christian Reformed Faith

Christian…

We believe that there is one, all powerful, all knowing God who has created all things and continues to hold everything in his divine care. We believe that God has been revealed to us in the design and beauty of creation, so that humanity is without excuse for not knowing that God exists. We also believe that he has been further revealed to us in his infallible word, the 66 books of the Bible.

Our faith which we hold in common with Christians around the world, is summarized in the words of three creeds. These creeds, adopted by the worldwide church centuries ago are, the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.

We believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God. It contains all that people in any age need to know for their salvation. We call the Bible God’s Word, believing that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, God speaks to us through this book.

The Bible contains two sections, known as Testaments. The first section, known as the Old Testament, reveals God’s work in creation, our fall into sin and God’s unfolding plan of redemption through his chosen people Israel. The second section, the New Testament, reveals how God’s plan of salvation has been carried out through the life, death and resurrection of his Son Jesus, and how the Holy Spirit has come to gather believers from all nations into his earthly body, the church.

Reformed…

As Reformed Christians, we have certain doctrinal themes that are prominent in the way we interpret God’s word. These themes include the sovereignty of God, the covenantal relationship that God calls us into and the kingdom of God.

Sovereignty

All of life is about God. He is sovereign over everything. It’s all about God’s plan, God’s will and God’s power. Nothing happens anywhere in the universe, except that which is ultimately under God’s sovereign control.

Covenant

God calls his people into a covenantal relationship. A covenant is a relationship, or partnership, between two or more, that involves promises and commitments from each partner. In the relationship between God and his people, he does the calling while we do the responding. He redeems sinners and calls them to be his people. In return, he shows us how to live in response to what he has done for us.

Because it is God who calls us, we in the Reformed faith, believe that he also calls our children into a relationship with him. This is why we baptize the children of believing parents, indicating God’s claim on their lives.

Kingdom

God is king over all things. His influence and power are everywhere. While he allows us to live in ways that do not please him, ultimately, we are all his and we are all a part of his kingdom. As Reformed Christians, we see our purpose in life to extend the rule of God to all parts of our lives.

We believe that we have been called to serve as his stewards. Even though all things belong to him, he gives us authority to act on his behalf in our work, in our recreation and in all our relationships.

This kingdom emphasis means that we see all of life as something to be lived for God. We do not make a distinction between spiritual and secular. It all belongs to the kingdom of God.

As our sovereign, covenantal king, we trust God to keep us safe and to restore all of life to the way it was intended to be at the creation. Jesus came to release us from the curse of sin and to initiate his kingdom in this life. He will come again to finally fulfill his promise to make everything new. We look forward to that day, knowing that nothing will ever be able to take us away from the God who loves us. In the mean time, we pray for his return and we are busy doing the work of his kingdom.

If you want to know more, or if you have any questions about what you have read here, please call the church and ask for the pastor. We’d love to get to know you.

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We believe that the Bible is the inspired and error-free Word of God, our guide for faith and life.

We believe that Jesus is God the Son and took on Himself a human body when He was born of Mary.

We believe Jesus died on the cross in our place so that our sins against God might be forgiven if we place our trust in Him alone for our forgiveness. The result of trusting Jesus as our life’s leader is eternal spiritual life with God. This gift of eternal life cannot be earned or deserved in any way. It is given to us by God’s grace through faith in His Son.