What We Believe
We believe in Jesus Christ and the gospel (good news) that he not only brings, but that he is! We strive to be gospel-centered in all we think, say and do. We allow the Bible (God's revealed Word) to be the guide for our faith and practice. Does this mean we always agree and think the same way as how to apply Biblical principles? No! We know there will be diversity in perspectives and opinions, just like in any family. We are thankful that our tradition allows and encourages that kind of diversity. What we affirm is this:
- In essentials, unity
- In non-essentials, liberty
- And, in all things charity (or love)
Now what are the essentials agreed on by this church family?
These are some of the pillars of our faith. We are part of a larger denomination called the Christian Reformed Church of North America which hold to a number of creeds and confessions.
We afﬁrm three creeds—the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed—as ecumenical expressions of the Christian faith. We also afﬁrm three confessions—the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort—as historic Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, whose doctrines fully agree with the Word of God.
Along with these historic creeds and confessions, we recognize the following Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, adopted by synod (our annual assembly) as contemporary testimonies: the call for unity, justice, and reconciliation of the Belhar Confession and the witness of Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony.