Faith Reformed Church has its roots in the movement of the Holy Spirit who breathed new life into the church during the time of the Protestant Reformation under such men as Martin Luther, John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli. The Reformed Faith, sometimes called “Calvinism,” is simply the biblical faith. Our faith has been summarized in three documents that are called the “Standards of the Reformed Church.” They are the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort. The Reformed Church also acknowledges the witness to the Bible message as summarized in the Ecumenical Creeds of the Church-the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. We also acknowledge the profound truth and beauty of the Westminster Confession of Faith.
While much more can be said, the following are core beliefs of the Faith Reformed Church:
- We believe in the Holy Trinity; there is One God in Three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that God created the universe and everything in it and that He sovereignly governs all things.
- We believe that our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created good, in perfect righteousness and purity, but they fell from that blessed state through disobedience to the command of God. Their disobedience (sin) brought death into the world both for themselves and their descendants.
- We believe that God, not content to let man perish in his sin, set into motion His eternal plan of salvation. He would, at the right time, send a Messiah to take away man’s sin.
- We believe that in Jesus of Nazareth the eternal Son of God took upon Himself a human nature. Jesus was fully human and fully God, both natures being perfectly united in His one Person.
- We believe that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness and obedience. He offered up that perfect life as a sacrifice for sin. On the cross, as the representative of his people, a double transfer took place. Jesus took away all the sins of all His people and imputed to them His perfect righteousness.
- We believe that sinful man must be born again if he is to escape eternal condemnation and live eternally.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit sovereignly, freely and graciously brings to life those appointed unto life.
- We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone and to the glory of God alone.
- We believe that living faith is ever accompanied by good works. These works are necessary but are in no way meritorious.
- We believe that the Holy Bible is the very Word of God, true and without error and the perfect rule of faith and life-of what we are to believe and how we are to live.