The Bible teaches that "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Christianity is more than a religious experience or a sense of the divine. It involves faith in the truth of Scripture and the obedience to God's will that results from such faith. Truth is communicated to us in a variety of ways in the Bible to give us a coherent understanding of God and ourselves, a body of truth that provides the content of what we believe.
THE BIBLE IS OUR FINAL AUTHORITY
The Bible alone is our final standard for all that we believe and do. It is inspired of God and therefore communicates God's truth and authority; it is inerrant and infallible in all matters, including history and science. The whole counsel of God in Scripture is our standard and authority for every area of faith, life, and thought. We recommend the New King James Version as a reliable translation of the original languages. We recognize that it is the Holy Spirit of God who sovereignly enables us to understand that revealed truth when we receive it humbly by faith.
SUBORDINATE CREEDS AND CONFESSIONS
When asked, “What does the Bible teach?” or “How do you interpret it?” we respond with a unified voice by referring to the historic creeds and confessions of the Reformed church which faithfully and systematically summarize the message of Scripture. Our statement of faith includes the Apostle’s Creed and the historic confessions of the churches of the Reformation. We affirm and teach that system of doctrine which is set forth in the Three Forms of Unity: the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort. These three doctrinal statements, born of the Protestant Reformation, define what it means to be “reformed.”
JESUS CHRIST IS OUR SAVIOR AND LORD
There is only one name under heaven, given among men, whereby we are saved—Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. By His death and resurrection, Christ has merited the forgiveness of sins, perfect righteousness, and everlasting life for sinners who trust in Him. These gifts are ours only when we put all our confidence in Him alone for salvation.
Since man is by nature dead in sin, it is only by God’s sovereign grace and power that we are enabled to believe the promises of the Gospel. Then we are set free by His Holy Spirit from slavery to sin and the devil, and we seek to love and serve God with all of our heart. While our good works can never merit our salvation, they are the necessary fruits of faith.
It is only by the sustaining power and grace of God that we can persevere in true faith until the glorious appearing of Jesus. Then He will come again to judge the living and the dead and make our bodies like His glorious body, to live and reign with Him forever.
OUR REFORMED & PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE
Grace Reformed Church is a member of the Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS). The name Reformed goes back to the 16th century Protestant Reformation. We are indebted to Almighty God for causing such men as Luther, Zwingli, Knox, Ursinus, and particularly John Calvin to redirect His Church back to the precious truths of Holy Scripture.
We invite everyone to join with us at Grace Reformed Church to study God's Word and come to know and love this glorious God who redeems and transforms repentant sinners who rely on Jesus Christ for salvation.