We believe the church to be the family of God and that relationships are the key to spiritual growth and understanding. Therefore we rely on the Holy Spirit to unite us in prayer, in worship and in fellowship.
We believe that Truth is Relevant and essential in living life with a complete joy (John 15:11). Therefore we preach and teach from the Bible, praying for the Holy Spirit to make God’s Word relevant and transformational in our lives.
We believe that the Apostles' Creed is simplest statement of Christianity and what we refer to as a standard statement of the Christian faith. It is a faith statement that Christians across denominational lines have agreed upon throughout the centuries and across the continents which unites us with all believers through all the ages.
- We believe in the Triune God: one God revealed in three distinct Persons.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he was born of the virgin Mary, that he came and died as atonement for our sins and that he rose from the dead.
- We believe the Bible to be the fully inspired Word of God and the ultimate and final authority for faith and daily living.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells in all who profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior, transforming them from the inside out into the likeness of Christ.
- We believe the church is a group of people who provide a spiritual family for support and encouragement. As a group we strive to provide each other with accountability, opportunities for growth in our relationship with God and in our gifts, and to worship God with passion and enjoyment.
- We believe people are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation and love. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience towards God called “sin”. This attitude separates us from God until the relationship is restored through a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.
The Heidelberg Catechism is a fundamental teaching tool in the RCA and has inspired many other denominations formation of Catechism materials. It’s most famous question and answer is number 1:
1 Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I am not my own,1
body and soul,
in life and in death—2
to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.3
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,4
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.5
He also watches over me in such a way6
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven;7
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.8
Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life9
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.10
- 1 Cor. 6:19-20
- Rom. 14:7-9
- 1 Cor. 3:23; Titus 2:14
- 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:2
- John 8:34-36; Heb. 2:14-15; 1 John 3:1-11
- John 6:39-40; 10:27-30; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:5
- Matt. 10:29-31; Luke 21:16-18
- Rom. 8:28
- Rom. 8:15-16; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14
- Rom. 8:1-17