We love to study God's word at Christ Reformed, mining the depths for all that we need for life and godliness. Here is a summary of what we believe, the guiding principles that inform our study of the Word of God.
The Bible. Scripture alone is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God; and therefore, it's our ultimate and final authority in all matters of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12).
Ecumenical creeds of the early church: the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. As a confessionally Reformed Church, we also subscribe to the historic Three Forms of Unity: the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), Belgic Confession (1561), and Canons of Dort (1618-9). These confessions derive their authority by their agreement with, and submission to, Scripture (Deut. 6:4, 20ff; 2 Tim. 6:3, 20; 1 Tim. 1:13ff).
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Belonging to Jesus is our only source of comfort in life and death. He provided the sole means of satisfying God's justice by paying for our sin with His precious blood. Through the person (fully God and fully man) and work of Christ alone, we have been accounted righteous, reconciled to God, restored to covenantal fellowship, and enabled to respond to God in faith, love and obedience. We joyfully say with the Apostle Paul, "To live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21; 2:5-11; Col. 1:18).
God-centered Worship. Christ Reformed Church is committed to worshipping the Triune God according to His Word. Congregational worship should be a God-centered time, not a man-centered production. “How does God call us to worship Him?” is the first question, instead of “What are our preferences?” (1 Cor. 10:31).
Thus, we come before our Holy God with a joyful reverence and awe, aiming to glorify the Lord and enjoy Him. Worshipping God Almighty is not a form of entertainment, nor do we craft worship merely to evoke an emotional response or to conform to the latest fads.
We believe that in worship, the living covenant God enters into a divine dialogue with His people—a dialogue in which we humbly bring our adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplications to Him through prayer, songs, and offerings; and He speaks to us in His Word to comfort, encourage, strengthen, instruct and correct us for our good (Psalm 2:11; 1 Cor. 14:40; Heb. 12:18-29).
Expository Preaching. The Preaching of the Word is the primary means of grace, whereby God calls sinners to salvation and feeds His sheep unto eternal life. We believe preaching should encompass the whole counsel of God while also being Christ-centered. Thus, preaching ought to be the central part of congregational worship. Not only is this practice God-honoring and biblically mandated, but it also nourishes and equips the saints (Jonah 3:2; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 20:27; Rom. 10:14-17; 2 Tim. 4:2; 1 Peter 1:22-2:2).
The Family. Throughout the Sciptures we see God has chosen to ordinary work among covenant lines, so the family is very important (Gen. 17; Acts 2:38). Families are the building blocks of society. We've seen what happens in society when family values are severed from biblical norms. Where God transforms families by the gospel of Jesus Christ, there society is transformed. Read about families remaining together in worship.
Christ-centered Education. We believe that Christ should be at the center of education – not only in post-worship classes, but also in the daily education of our children. To that end, we support and recommend Christian day schools and home schooling (Deut 4:10; 6:4-9, 20-25; Prov. 22:6; Ezek. 16:20-21). (However, participating in Christian day schooling or home schooling is not a requirement for joining us.)
Sharing our Faith. In addition to growing in our own understanding of the faith, the Scriptures exhort us to share it with those outside the church. We must not only be prepared to give to everyone an answer for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15), but we must be zealous to see that our non-Christian friends, families and neighbors hear the message of Christ crucified (Romans 10:14-15) with the prayerful and confident expectation that God will be pleased to call many to faith in His Dear Son through the ministry of Christ Reformed Church (Matt. 5:16; 28:18-20).
Accountability. Our elders are called by God to oversee and protect the flock entrusted to them (Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:17). We believe that our submission to Christ requires our submission to the elders, as they guide and lead us in accordance with God’s Word.
Genuine Fellowship. Through our personal interaction, both at Church activities and at daily life, we long to see the communion of the saints exercised in the Spirit of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-13; 20-27; 1 John 1:3), as we are built up together into a living temple in which the Lord Himself dwells (1 Pet. 2:4-10; 2 Cor. 6:16).
Celebrating the Sabbath Day. While we worship God with our lives everyday, we believe our God has set apart Sundays as a special day of the week. We strive to honor the God who rested on the Sabbath (Ex. 20:8-11) by gathering twice on Sunday to worship our Him--with one sermon ordinarily focusing on the Heidelberg Catechism as a summary of Christian doctrines (Ex. 20:8-10; Is. 58:13; Heb. 10:25).