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Creeds & Confessions

Christ URC is a confessional church whose foundation is Scripture alone. We believe the teaching of the Bible is faithfully summarized in the Ecumenical Creeds and our Reformed Confessions. We celebrate our Confessions and look to them as a source of comfort, guidance, and strength. They also serve as a guide and tool for the instruction of both adults and youth. We regularly recite our Creeds and Confessions together in public worship.

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SCRIPTURE

We believe that Holy Scripture contains the will of God completely and that everything one must believe to be saved is sufficiently taught in it. At the heart of our view of the Bible is the belief that God has spoken His Word to all humanity in His law and His gospel and that Jesus Himself is that Word. Both the Old and New Testaments contain this Word (Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,  Hebrews 1:1-3) and we look to Scripture as the only rule for faith and practice.

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ECUMENICAL CREEDS

We cherish and voluntarily submit to the ancient Creeds of the church as faithful summaries of God’s Word. These Ecumenical Creeds we take as faithful statements of the catholic faith confessed by all Christians everywhere, especially describing the nature and acts of the triune God, whose name we take in our baptism, and the glorious mystery of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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REFORMED CONFESSIONS

We are a Protestant Church rooted in the tradition of the 16th century Reformation and therefore confess the Three Forms of Unity. These three confessional documents written in the 1500s serve as a standard for what we believe, a norm to be upheld by both office bearers and members of the church, and a tool for the instruction of adults and youth. We teach Scripture as it is summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism in our afternoon Catechism Service on the Lord’s Day.