Beliefs

The Belgic Confession

First Cutlerville Christian Reformed Church is a confessionally Reformed Christian church.

We are a Christian church. We are shaped first of all by God's Word in Holy Scripture, as summarized in the ecumenical creeds of the early Christian church. Because we are part of the one, holy, catholic (universal) and apostolic church, we confess the teachings in these creeds along with all true Christian churches of various traditions throughout the world. These creeds are:

 

We are a Reformed church. Reformed churches have their roots in the protestant Reformation, particularly in that branch of the Reformation known as the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition. Reformed churches have their roots in the protestant Reformation, particularly in that branch of the Reformation known as the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition. One of the best-known leaders of this tradition was John Calvin (1509-1564), a lawyer with a renaissance humanist education who was exiled from his native France and turned to theology and the exposition of the Bible as he led the reform movement in Geneva, Switzerland. As a Reformed church we subscribe to documents called confessions that define the boundaries of our teaching, including a confession that summarizes our faith (The Belgic Confession), a catechism designed to teach the Reformed faith (The Heidelberg Catechism), and a set of canons (doctrinal clarifications) that correct errors that arose in the early Reformed church regarding salvation (The Canons of Dordt).

 

In addition to the above creeds and confessions, with are authoritative for our churches, we have also adopted additional statements, including a Contemporary Testimony, Our World Belongs to God, which addresses modern issues of concern to the church. The Christian Reformed Church also adopted The Belhar Confession in a new category of "Ecumenical Faith Declaration." This document, which came out of the South African churches' struggle against apartheid, was not adopted as an authoritative confession because of concerns that some of its content was more political than biblical; nonetheless it stands as a powerful Reformed witness against racism.

We are a congregation of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, a bi-national church that spans the United States and Canada. You can read an introduction to the Reformed perspective on the Christian faith, entitled "The Reformed Accent." The Christian Reformed Church has also made a number of position statements on ethical and doctrinal issues.