Our Beliefs

God, the Father - God embodies truth by being supremely loving and just and by calling us into a personal relationship with himself. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God. Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ, the Son - Jesus Christ modeled truth as the Son of God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He was seen by over 500 people and returned to the Father to prepare a place for us. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11

About the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit counsels us in truth and is equal with the Father and the Son (of God). He is present in the world to make humankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily. II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1

The Bible - The Bible is God’s truth to all humankind. The Bible is the Word of God and the only infallible and authoritative rule for faith and life. It was written by human authors who were under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit so that what they wrote is the Word of God. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; Psalm 126; Proverbs 30:5

Humankind - We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although human kind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

Salvation -We are saved only by grace through faith, not by our works. Salvation is a gift from God to humankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sins penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith. The Christian is called to live out the Great Commandment - to love God with all our heart and soul and our neighbors as ourselves; and the Great Commission - to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all Jesus commanded us. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:21; Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 22:37-40

The Church - The Church is the living Body of Christ on earth. He is the head and the source of its life. We believe that all true believers want to be a part of the Church so they can grow in their faith, worship and fellowship with other believers, and make a united impact upon society. Each believer has access to God’s grace and is called to be a holy priesthood. Ephesians 5:23; Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:1-16; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Peter 2:9

Eternity - We all were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal union and eternal life with God. John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15 (Hell); Matthew 25:41; Revelation 21:27

Eternal Security - Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in this salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self effort of the Christian. It is the grace and “keeping power” of God that gives this security. John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14; I Peter 1:3-5

About Final Things - When history has run the course laid out for it in God’s plan, Jesus Christ will return in power and glory to judge the world and to complete the total victory over sin, death and Satan. At that time those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord will enter heaven to be with him forever. Those who have not believed will be eternally separated from God. Acts 1:6-11; Mark 13:24-27; Revelation 1:7; I Peter 4:5; Matthew 24:29-31; 25:31-46

About the Reformed Church of America (RCA) - The RCA is part of the one and holy universal church, established by our Lord Jesus Christ. In the sixteenth Century, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, the Church of Jesus Christ was reformed according to the word of God. This Reformation, led by such men of God as John Calvin and Martin Luther, cleansed the Church of many superstitions and abuses, which had crept in contrary to the teachings of the Bible. It was this Biblical Faith, which our early American forefathers brought to America, when in 1628 the first Reformed Church in America was organized in New York City. This church, still a thriving congregation, is the oldest Protestant Church in America with a continuous history. Patterning its faith and order after the example laid down in Holy Scripture, the Reformed Church is Calvinistic or Biblical in its theology, and Presbyterian or representative in its church government. The faith of the Reformed Church, whose sole authority is the Bible, is in conformity with the great creeds of the Early Church and the confessions of the Protestant Reformation.

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