What We Believe

We belong to God’s family only because of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Christianity is not something we do but something Jesus did for us. He made us God’s children.

We believe our world belongs to God. God made this world good. But human beings want to live without God and turned their backs on Him and His plan for their lives.

We believe God did not give up on human beings that He had created. In fact, God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to lead people back to their loving Father.

We believe God gives new life through Jesus Christ and empowers us to live this life by the activity of the Holy Spirit. In a world where people often confront pain, suffering, and problems, God wants us to show His world what this new life is.

Biblical Standard
The beliefs and doctrine of the Christian Reformed Church are based on the Holy Bible, God’s infallible written Word contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.

Doctrinal Standards
The Christian Reformed Church subscribes to the following confessions:

Ecumenical Creeds*
The Christian Reformed Church subscribes to the following three creeds:

Over time, the Christian Reformed Church has clearly stated its position on a variety of contemporary topics.

* Article 9 of the Belgic Confession names three writings, dating from the first centuries of the Christian Church, that we willingly accept as creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. The adoption of the Belgic Confession by the synods of the Reformed churches in the Netherlands during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries implicitly approved the three creeds mentioned above. They are called ecumenical (general, universal) because they have been approved and accepted by nearly all Christian churches.

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