What We Believe

What We Believe

We are a congregation in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) who trace our roots to the Protestant Reformation and to Dutch immigrants who made their way to the United States back in the 1600s.

We believe:

  • God created the world and everything in it.
  • Human beings are created in God's image and that God gave human beings the ability to make choices.
  • Genesis 3 tells the story of Adam and Eve whose choice to disobey God brought sin into the world. The sinful desires of human beings separate us from God.
  • Yet God loved the world so much that he made a plan to reconnect us and to reconcile the guilt of our sin.
  • God sent Jesus Christ, his only son, to be fully human and fully God here on earth. Through his death on the cross Jesus reconciled all our guilt, allowing God to now see us through Christ as forgiven and made whole again.
  • Three days after Jesus' death on the cross, God brought Jesus back to life, defeating the power of death and evil. Jesus still lives today, eternally in heaven with God the Father. One day he will come back to earth to put an end to evil--sin, death, and pain--and renew all things. He will gather all who have believed in him from every time and place to live with him forever.
  • The Bible (Holy Scripture) is the Word of God. God's Word teaches us how to live and tells us the story of God's plan of salvation.
  • God is three in one (Trinity)--God the father, God the son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
  • We are saved by grace alone through faith, not by what we think or do to earn God's favor. Our good works don't earn our salvation, but are a way to thank God for this free gift of salvation.

We celebrate two sacraments: baptism and the Lord's Supper. They remind us of God's promises to us and help us to claim those promises as our own.

We are a confessional church, which means we have statements of belief, called creeds and confessions. These statements guide our understanding of faith and shape its practice.

  • Three Creeds: The Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed
  • Four Confessions: Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, Canons of Dort and the Belhar Confession.

The RCA is "Reformed and always reforming," earnestly seeking to know the mind of Christ as it strives to be faithful in a changing, complex, and often troubled world.