We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and having supreme authority in all matters of faith and life. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32.
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5, 6.
We believe in God the Father, infinite, personal, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that will come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Luke 10:21, 22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1, 2; 2:5, 6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9, 10; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and to sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. John 14:16, 17, 26; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26.
We believe that humans were created by God in His own image; that they sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God, that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. Salvation is a work of God. It is not a human work. Therefore, no one earns salvation. No one deserves salvation. Yet, in God’s gracious plan, he chose some to respond to his offer of salvation. No human being has the ability to turn away from sin and toward God. It is only possible if God first draws a person to himself by regeneration. Genesis 1:26; 5:2; 3; 2:17; Ecclesiastes 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelations 19:3, 20; 14:15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 9:13-16.
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all elect are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost world, the consistent and proper administration of the Sacraments, and church discipline. Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25.
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of all people; a Christian’s conduct should be blameless before the world. Every believer should be a faithful steward of possessions and should seek to realize for self and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1, 2; John 14:15, 23, 24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9, 10.
We hold to the historic, Christian teaching on sex and marriage. We believe that God has designed sex exclusively for marriage, between a woman and a man. Everything outside of this standard falls into what the Bible calls "sin:" including lust, pornography, polygamy, polyamory, promiscuity, same-sex sexual activity, or any other sexual behavior performed before or outside marriage. Genesis 1:27-28; Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-12; Ephesians 5:28-33
(For CRC’s Statement on Human Sexuality, click HERE.)
We believe the Sacraments are an important means by which believers are reminded of the work Jesus Christ has done on their behalf. They are external symbols of an inward reality. There are two Sacraments instituted by God: baptism and communion. Baptism is a sign of God’s promises (covenant). It reminds us that while we are by nature sinful and guilty before God, we are also saved from sin’s consequences, included in God’s family, and given the gift of eternal life by our faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that Communion was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two sacraments should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Titus 3:4-7.
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and eternal separation from God for the wicked. Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15.
This information is a summary of what we believe which is based on Scripture and reflected in the following documents: three catholic creeds: Apostles, Athanasian, and Nicean, and these doctrinal standards: Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and Canons of Dordt. For more information, please refer to these documents as a comprehensive statement of what we believe about what God has revealed through Scripture and creation. They are available upon request and can be easily found on the internet. (www.rca.org/aboutus/beliefs/index.html)