First Christian Reformed Church

Our Beliefs (a brief summary)

We believe the Bible is the holy, inspired and inerrant Word of God. It is the foundation for our lives and for our convictions

We believe in the Triune God who has revealed Himself as one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

We believe that all people are sinners and cannot be restored to fellowship with God by any power of their own.

We believe that God sent His only Son Jesus Christ into the world to die on the cross for our sins, and that Jesus rose from the dead, and is now our intercessor with the Father and that he will return visibly on the last day to judge all people.

We believe that God will accept all who repent of their sins and believe that the finished work of Jesus Christ is the only basis for salvation.


We also embrace several creeds and confessions. One might ask: If God's Word is the foundation of our faith, why do we have the creeds and confessions? That's a good question. We embrace the creeds and confessions as helpful summaries of the Bible to be used as teaching devices not only for the young, but also for everyone. We recognize that they are not inspired by God but have been crafted by humans, and they are always subject to the Word of God as the final authority. A summary is provided below with internet links to the full texts. These creeds and confessions can also be found in the back of the hymnals in our church.The Apostles' Creed dates from no later than the fourth century. It is one of the shortest creeds, but also the most widely accepted ecumenical Christian Creed. This translation of the Latin text was approved by the Christian Reformed Churches in 1988:

I believe in God, the Father almighty creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

A second ecumenical creed we hold to is called the Nicene Creed. It was completed somewhat later than the Apostles' Creed, and it is a fuller statement of the full deity of Jesus, than the Apostles' Creed.

A third ecumenical Creed is the Athanasian Creed. It is a careful statement of what we call the Trinity: One God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We also hold to and heartily embrace three Confessions of Faith. They all came about at the time of the Protestant Reformation, in reaction to the perceived abuses of the faith and persecution of those who protested.

The oldest one is called the Belgic Confession and was written in 1561 in response to the persecution and imprisonment by the Catholic church and government. It consists of 37 paragraphs or articles, summarizing and defending the biblical faith against the abuses seen in the church.

The second one was completed only two years later in Germany. It is called the Heidelberg Catechism because it was written in Heidelberg, Germany, and it is a catechism because it is written in question and answer form. Many of it answers are memorized and treasured today by a wide range of churches and Christians. The catechism begins with the following question and answer.


Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

The last confession, the Canons of Dort, was written in 1618-19 in answer to the question: How are we saved from our sin? Is it part of the action we take in human responsibility, or is it the gracious sovereignty of God that effectively draws us to himself? We urge you to read for yourself the fascinating answer to that question.

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