What We Believe

As members of the  Christian Reformed Church in America, we hold the Reformed view that all people are born into a sinful state in which it is impossible to please God or obtain salvation independently of God's gift of grace, which He gave us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  God sent His Son to live, die and be raised to remove the barrier of sin between us and God.  Jesus was punished for our sins, because He never committed any.  Because He was sinless, His death has atoning value for all who believe.  Because He was raised from the dead, those who believe in Him need not fear death.

We express our beliefs about the nature of man, God, and salvation through an acronym called TULIP, which is explained below:

T

Total Depravity

We are completely unable to please God through our own efforts. Although we may not be as bad as we possibly can be, we are never good enough to be acceptable to God because of the sinful state into which we are born.

U

Unconditional Election

We cannot do anything to merit our salvation. We are chosen by God according to His will and not according to anything we do or do not do. We do not receive salvation on our own merits but based on the fact that Jesus has already been punished for our sins, thus satisfying God's justice and restoring our fellowship with God.

L

Limited Atonement

Not all people are called to be saved, but only God's elect. God is free to choose whomever he wishes, and He does not choose some.

I

Irresistable Grace

Those whom God chooses will not be able to resist the call of God. It is impossible for a member of the elect to reject God.

P

Perseverance of the Saints

Once saved, always saved. It is impossible for a member of the elect to lose his or her salvation.

We hold to the ancient Christian faith as set forth in the Holy Bible. We also use in worship the earliest creeds of the church, specifically the Apostles' Creed , the Nicene Creed , and, to a lesser extent, the Athanasian Creed . We hold to three Doctrinal Standards: the Belgic Confession , the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort .

We feel that these writings aid us in worship and in our understanding of our faith and most clearly and faithfully express the tenets of Christianity. They are subordinate to the Bible and are useful only to the extent they confirm and organize what the Bible says.

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