What We Believe:
We believe God created the world and everything in it, including human beings. In the beginning, there was no sin--no hatred, no disunity, and no death. God created a perfect world. But God also allowed humans to make their own choices.
The first human beings, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God, allowing sin to enter God's perfect world. From then on, every human has been born with sinful desires that lead to separation from God.
But that is not the end of the story. God loves the world and the people in it so much, in fact, that he made a plan to take away the guilt of our sin.
God sent his Son, Jesus, into the world as fully human and fully God. Jesus sacrificed his life to pay the price for sins He didn't commit. Jesus accepted the punishment for our sins, so that we don't have to.
Three days after Jesus was killed on a cross, God brought Jesus to life again, defeating the power of death and evil. Jesus still lives today, eternally in heaven with God the Father. And one day He will come back to earth to put an end to evil--sin, death, and pain and renew all things once again. He will gather all who have believed in Him from every time and place to live with Him forever in heaven.
Our faith is centered in God's love for us, demonstrated in Jesus Christ, His Son. When we accept Jesus' sacrifice for us and commit our lives to following Him, God sees us as perfect, in the way we were first created to be. We are unable to create such faith on our own, for it is the result of God's Holy Spirit working within us.
Since creation, we believe, God created marriage through one man and one woman to be in an exclusive and lifelong relationship. God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed within the commitment of marriage. God uniquely made man and women biologically to be made complete for each other. Changing one’s gender is sin. All sexual activity outside of marriage is not God’s intention for man and woman, thus it is sin. God created marriage for man and woman, and for establishing the foundation for family and the structure to society. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.)
The Reformed View of The Christian Faith
The final authority is the Bible--known as the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God. We demonstrate that the Bible is our only rule of faith and life, and we teach its truth to people of all ages.
The Reformed perspective is centered in the overwhelming love of God toward us. We believe that God is three in one--God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. Everything we do honors and leads people to develop a saving and enduring relationship with Him.
We believe that we are saved by grace alone, through faith, not by what we think or do to earn God's favor. Our good works do not earn our salvation, but are a way to thank God for this free gift of salvation.
We are affiliated with The Reformed Church in America which celebrates two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. They both remind us of God's promises to us and help us to claim those promises as our own.
The RCA is confessional, which means that together we have statements of belief, called creeds and confessions. These statements guide our understanding of faith and shape its practice.
The RCA is "Transformed and Transforming”, devoting ourselves to be transformed as Christ’s disciples in this world.
To access the Denominational website, go to www.rca.org