Beliefs & Standards

Core Beliefs

The Bible
Consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the infallible, inerrant and inspired Word of God. It is our only authority for faith and life.

God reveals Himself as three persons in one eternal, divine being – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Everyone's Need
Everyone needs salvation due to the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve, and are unable to save themselves, except by the mercy of God.

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him for salvation, which is ours only by grace through faith in Him.

God has established His gracious covenant with us and our children.

Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and strengthens them to trust and follow Christ.

Second Coming
Jesus will return bodily and visibly as judge of all mankind and receive His people to Himself.

    Doctrinal Standards

    Our denomination, the Reformed Church in the United States, affirms the great creeds of the early church, the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, which define historic Christianity.

    We also subscribe to the key doctrinal statements of the Protestant Reformation, that being the Belgic Confession of Faith, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort. These documents, commonly referred to as the Three Forms of Unity, are recognized as excellent statements of the reformed faith, serve as an aid for instruction and properly set forth the doctrines of grace as to our salvation.

    Read the Three Forms of Unity (pdf).