What We Believe
We are a people who see the Bible as God's inspired Word and so our ultimate authority for all things, especially for theology, morality and spiritual life. We are in two historic streams which have at times been in conflict. We are both calvinistic and charismatic. And while not all our members would call themselves calvinists, or charismatics, both are an essential part of who we have come to be. This means that we understand that God is sovereign over all, and sometimes exercises that sovereignty through the giving of spiritual gifts. We, along with our denomination, accept for today all the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible (Romans 12, 1Corinthians 12, for example).
We believe God wants to reconcile all kinds of people to Himself. We don't believe that people need to get their lives straightened out before coming to Him, and therefore before coming to our church. There's a saying about Jesus making us fishers of people: "We catch 'em; He cleans 'em." And while a part of that cleaning happens in community, being conformed to the likeness of Jesus, is primarily a work of the Holy Spirit.
As a part of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (www.crcna.org), we hold to these three historic creeds: The Athanasian Creed, The Apostles Creed, and the Nicene Creed, and to these three historic confessions: The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, and The Canons of Dort. These historic creeds and confessions give our forebears a voice in our conversations, and while as a denomination we can disagree with them (and have at times). We understand ourselves as heirs of a movement that is much older than our own lifetimes.