WE CONFESS SCRIPTURE, THE ECUMENICAL CREEDS, AND THE REFORMED CONFESSIONS
Christ Reformed is a confessional church, founded on the Scriptures alone. We believe the teaching of the Bible is faithfully summarized in the ecumenical creeds and our Reformed Confessions: The Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and Canons of Dort. We celebrate our confessions, together called “The Three Forms of Unity,” and we look to them as a source of comfort, guidance, and strength. They also serve as a guide and a tool for the instruction of both adults and youth.
We believe that this Holy Scripture contains the will of God completely and that everything one must believe to be saved is sufficiently taught in it.Belgic Confession, Article 7
The Scriptures are wholly sufficient, yet we read them in community with the church through the ages. We therefore cherish and voluntarily submit to the ancient creeds and confessions of the Church as faithful summaries of God’s word and the church’s reflection on it. Our minister and all our officers are sworn to uphold these confessions, and all our members agree to them as a faithful summary of Scripture in their membership vows. We also regularly recite our creeds and confessions together in public worship and teach from them weekly in our catechetical service.
The following Ecumenical Creeds we take as a faithful statement of the catholic faith confessed by all Christians everywhere, especially describing the nature and acts of the triune God, whose name we take in our baptism, and the glorious mystery of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are a Protestant Church in the Dutch Reformed tradition and therefore confess the “Three Forms of Unity.” These three confessional documents from the Reformation era serve both as a standard for what we believe: a norm to be upheld by office bearers–and as a useful tool for the instruction of adults and youth. The Heidelberg Catechism in particular is regularly preached in our catechism services on the Lord’s Day. As a confessionally Reformed church, these Ecumenical Creeds and Reformed Confessions are embraced by all our leadership and celebrated in our worship.