Central to our faith is the belief that Holy Scripture, or the 66 books of the Holy Bible is the Word of God. This Word has no equal because it is:
- Inspired by God the Holy Spirit who caused many different men to write it over a considerable period of time.
- Infallible in that it is a completely reliable and trustworthy book which should not and need not be doubted;
- Inerrant, meaning that whatever is revealed in it is without error, contradiction or misrepresentation;
- Sufficient because it fully contains the will of God and reveals all that we need to believe in order to be saved.
This Word represents the final authority on faith and life in our church. We receive it for regulation, foundation and confirmation of our faith.
Based on Scripture
We believe that the Trinity, which is made up of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, is at the same time three and one.
We believe that God created the world, including all that exists in the heavens and on earth, and that man was created in His image.
We believe that we are all conceived and born in the original sin that we have inherited from the first humans, Adam and Eve, and that we also commit actual sins each and every day. Sin has separated
humanity from God.
We believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world, born of a virgin named Mary, to redeem humanity from the power of sin.
We believe that Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross to rescue us from the power of sin. Christ’s death and resurrection conquered sin and restored the relationship between humanity and God,
which we were powerless to do on our own.
We believe that Christ’s death brought about God’s free gift of salvation, a display of His wonderful mercy and grace. Salvation is offered to all who believe in their heart and confess with their mouth
that Jesus is their Saviour. This faith is brought about by the work of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Christ will return one day to judge the people of the earth and the righteous will go to live with Him in heaven, while the wicked will live eternally outside of God’s presence in hell.
The word “Reformed” is indeed essential for today. It simply means “back to the original form,” that is the form which God Himself intended and revealed in His Word, the Bible. This classification points to the Word of God as the solid foundation and Jesus Christ as the only Head of the Church. That foundation was again discovered during the years of the great reformation of the 16th century. From this reformation sprung confessions to which we still subscribe today:
The Belgic Confession of Faith 1561
The Heidelberg Catechism 1563
The Canons of Dordt, 1618 – 1619