What We Believe
The Bible is God’s inspired and inerrant Word. For us as a community of believers, the Bible is our ultimate and infallible authority in faith and practice.
There is one God, eternally existent in three Persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We refer to God’s Triune nature as the Trinity.
The triune God is omnipotent, and all powerful. He is omnipresent, that is, He is present throughout all Creation but not limited by it. He is omniscient, that is, nothing is hidden from His sight. In all things God is limited by nothing other than His own nature and character.
The triune God we serve is perfectly holy, righteous, just, good, loving and full of mercy. Out of nothing God created the heavens and earth, and everything in them, in the space of six normal days, and all very good. God is the Creator, and continues to sustain and govern everything which He created.
Christ Jesus is Immanuel – God with us in human flesh – one person with two natures, truly divine and truly human. We confess Jesus Christ’s virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory.
The Holy Spirit is God, but He is not God the Son or God the Father. As proof of this, John 14:16 refers to the Holy Spirit as “another Helper.” Here, the word “Helper” translates the Greek word paraklétos, which in 1 John 2:1 is translated as “advocate” and is a title applied to “Jesus Christ the righteous.” As Dr. R.C. Sproul has often noted, the Holy Spirit is not the only or even the first paraklétos in Scripture; rather, God the Son, Jesus Christ, is the paraklétos and the Holy Spirit is another paraklétos alongside Him. The Spirit and the Son are one in essence, but They subsist distinctly within that essence (Ligonier Ministries).
Adam’s sin made mankind guilty and rebellious against God. Man is guilty with Adam and adds to his own sin daily. For the salvation of such lost and sinful men, conversion and repentance worked in the heart by the Holy Spirit is essential.
Our salvation is all of grace through faith alone, and that faith without works is dead.
The Holy Spirit, who lives in the hearts of believers enables them to live a godly life in the service of the Triune God.
The resurrection of the body. Those who are saved are resurrected to eternal life, and those who are lost are resurrected to eternal judgement.
That all true believers in our Lord Jesus Christ will be in spiritual unity.
three forms of unity
The “Three Forms of Unity” is a collective name for the Belgic Confession of Faith, the Canons of Dort, and the Heidelberg Catechism, which are accepted as official statements of doctrine by many of the Reformed churches, including the URCNA.
Our church holds to the historic creeds which summarize the message of the Bible: that we are saved through Jesus Christ and we need to live in thankfulness before him. This is the message we live by and this is the message we want to share with others.