Beliefs are important to us at Grace Church. They shape who we are as individuals and as a faith community. Beliefs provide the foundation for a strong, and vital relationship with God. Beliefs combined with faith can become a source of strength, comfort, and hope during difficult times. Beliefs can also dramatically affect the quality and future of our lives. It’s no wonder, then, that Jesus called his followers again and again to believe in Him!
In summary …
We believe God created the world good (Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:31), but that the entire human race and all creation suffers because we turn away from God (Genesis 3:1-19, Romans 3:23, Romans 8:18-25).
We believe that Jesus Christ offers hope to our broken, hurting world, and that persons must have a personal relationship with him in order to be saved from sin, receive eternal life after we die, and enjoy abundant life here on earth (John 3:16, John 10:10, John 14:6, Romans 3:21-24, Romans 6:22-23, Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe that Jesus Christ has the power to heal broken lives, mend broken relationships, forgive sins, reconcile us to God, and bring renewal, restoration, and rejuvenation into our lives (Mark 1:29-34, Mark 1:40-2:12, John 3:1-8, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19).
We believe the Bible is the Word of God and the ultimate authority for faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12).
We believe that God through the Holy Spirit is calling believers into a community known as the Christian Church to be a sign of God’s reign in our world today (Acts 2:42-47, Romans 6:16, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 4:6).
We believe Jesus will return to earth again some day to judge all persons and take his followers to a perfect eternal home called heaven (Hebrews 9:27, John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 22:7-21).
Our beliefs are rooted in the authoritative and inspired Word of God, the Bible. They are also articulated in more detail in the three doctrinal standards of the Reformed Church in America – the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dort, and the Belgic Confession. Like many other mainline Christian churches, our biblical faith is also summarized in the historic Apostles’ Creed.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
For more information about our beliefs and what we believe about the sacraments, visit the Reformed Church in America’s web site at www.rca.org.
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heartthat God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
– Romans 10:9
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved!