What We Believe
We believe and confess the truth of the Bible as the church of all ages has summarized it in the three ecumenical (worldwide) creeds, namely, the Twelve Articles of Faith (or Apostles' Creed), the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. These creeds date from the first centuries A.D.
After the Reformation of the sixteenth century, it became necessary to clarify further what the Bible teaches concerning the way of salvation in Jesus Christ. What we confess as a Reformed church is summarized in the Belgic Confession (written in 1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (written 1563) and the Canons of Dort (written in 1618/1619).
Since these confessions particularly teach the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, we not only seek to defend these truths but also to promote them, and we extend the hand of fellowship to all persons and churches who desire to serve God on this foundation.
We are known as a Reformed church because we hold to the truth of the gospel as it was recovered in the Reformation. We are called a Canadian Reformed Church because we want to live, work, worship and witness within the context of our Canadian society.
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We believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God in which God reveals the good news that He gives salvation from sin as a free gift to everyone who believes in His Son, Jesus Christ. “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins . . . But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions . . . . it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God – not by works.” (Ephesians 2:1,4,8,9).
The purpose of the Bible is to tell us about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only Saviour from sin. The Bible says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) In the Old Testament, the saving work of Jesus Christ is promised, and prophesied; in the New Testament, God reveals the fulfilment of those promises and prophecies in the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
By His life and death, Christ provided salvation for all who believe in Him. The apostle John, one of Jesus’ disciples, and an eyewitness of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, wrote a record of the words and actions of Christ, so “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his Name” (John 20:31).
God requires that we put our faith in Jesus Christ for our salvation. The Bible says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.” (John 3:36) The promise of salvation in Jesus Christ is for everyone who believes the gospel, regardless of who you are or what you may have done. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him Who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24) Jesus Christ is the Saviour from sin who came to make it possible for us to serve God again and to save us from condemnation. He did this by fulfilling all righteousness for us and paying the price for our sins.
Because it is God’s Word, we believe that only the Bible can be trusted to teach us what we ought to believe, and how we should live, for His glory and our salvation. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16,17).