We are a congregation that has her roots in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century. We believe and live according to the five solas of the Reformation; namely that scripture alone is our rule for faith and life, and that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, on the ground of Jesus Christ alone and for the glory of God alone.
As a confessional Reformed, Christian church, we adhere to several faithful summaries of biblical doctrine.
Creeds. Along with true Christians in all times and in all places, we adhere to the historic Christian creeds:
•The Apostles Creed
•The Nicene Creed
•The Athanasian Creed
Confessions. As a Reformed church, our spiritual heritage is traced back to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. The Protestant Reformation recovered the supreme importance of the Bible’s authority for faith and life and the truth of God’s sovereignty in salvation. To defend the biblical truth against error and to unite faithful Christians in the confession of that truth, the Reformed churches adopted confessional documents to serve as faithful summaries of biblical truth. The three historic confessional documents of the Reformed churches are:
•The Belgic Confession
•The Heidelberg Catechism
•The Canons of Dort
These documents are often referred to as the Three Forms of Unity because they serve as the basis for the confessional unity of the members of Community, as well the unity among the churches in our federation, the United Reformed Churches in North America. We confess that these documents accurately summarize the fundamental truths of Scripture.
Liturgy refers to our worship. We acknowledge that we stand in a rich tradition of biblical worship. A number of keys features are:
- Our worship is a dialogue between God and His people. God speaks and the congregation responds.
- All worship must be regulated by the Word of God. If an element of worship cannot be found in the Word of God it is therefore unallowable.
- The Preaching of the Word of God is to be central in worship. All of the other elements of worship are leading up to or flowing out of the preaching of the Word.