What It Means to be Christian
We call ourselves Christian because we are followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He is the center of human history.
We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life. We afﬁrm three creeds—the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed—as ecumenical expressions of the Christian faith.
What It Means to be Reformed
We’re called Reformed because we grow on a branch of the church tree that emerged from the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe.
We also afﬁrm three confessions—the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort—as historic Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, whose doctrines fully agree with the Word of God.
Along with these historic creeds and confessions, we recognize the following Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, adopted by synod as contemporary testimonies: the call for unity, justice, and reconciliation of the Belhar Confession and the witness of Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony.
We also hold true to the 5 Solas. Sola is Latin for “alone” or “only.” The five solas are:
- sola gratia (by grace alone),
- solo Christo (on the basis of Christ alone),
- sola fide (through the means of faith alone),
- soli Deo gloria (to the ultimate glory of God alone),
- sola Scriptura(as taught with the final and decisive authority of Scripture alone).
“By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
What It Means to be the Church
We’re a Church because we believe God has called us together to be a people who belong to Him and live for Him.