We believe in the triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit cf. Matt 28:19). These three distinct Persons, who are equal in eternity, power and glory are the one, true and eternal God (cf. John 5:23) Concerning God the Father, we confess that He created the universe and all that fills it in six days by His divine command. He also upholds the universe, and so governs all things that nothing happens without His will. Concerning God the Son, we confess that He humbled Himself of His rightful honour (cf. Phil 2:6-8) by taking upon Himself the flesh and blood of man, of the virgin Mary, through the miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit (cf. Matt 1:20). Being at once true God and true man (cf. John 1:1-3, 14; Heb 2:17). He, through His death, made complete payment for the debt which we incurred through sin (cf. 1 John 2:2; 4:10), and through His obedience earned for us the gift of eternal life (John 3:15). He rose from the dead (cf. Matt 28:6), and is now enthroned at the right hand of the Father (cf. Acts 2:33). To Him has been given all authority and power in heaven and earth (cf. Matt 28:18), by which He gathers and defends the Church (cf. John 10:16,28-30) which He purchased with His blood. Concerning God the Holy Spirit, we confess that He is the Author of life, both physical (cf. Psa 104:30; Job 34:14-15) and spiritual (cf. John 3:6,8). Through Him we come to faith (cf. 1 Cor 12:3), to which no man can come of himself (Eph 2:8). Through Him we are being renewed more and more in the image of God (cf. Ezek 36:26; 2 Cor 3:18).
Creation is itself a most wonderful book which portrays God's eternal power and deity (cf. Psa 8; 19). But through the fall into sin man's mind became darkened so that he cannot rightly come to know God through creation (cf Rom 1:18-21) , nor can he come to know the gospel of redemption in Jesus Christ through it. For this reason God revealed the gospel to the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament, and to the apostles in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit inspired men to record this gospel in written form (cf. 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21), which we now call the "Holy Bible." We believe that the Bible is God's infallible Word in its entirety. In the worship services we use the New King James Version (NKJV) of the bible.
God created man good, after His own image (cf. Gen 1:27), in righteousness and holiness. But man, of his own free will, in deliberate disobedience, rebelled against God (cf. Gen 3). As a result man lost the excellent gifts and virtues with which he was created. His mind became dark, his thoughts futile; his heart was hardened and his desires corrupt; his will was enslaved to evil. Every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time (Gen 6:5). Man was dead in sin (cf Eph 2:1,5, Col 2:13), incapable and undesirous of doing anything worthy of merit or favour (cf. Eccl 7:20; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:12).
Redemption is entirely a matter of grace (cf. Eph 2:8). In eternity God chose those whom He would redeem (cf. Eph 1:4), though they had done nothing at all to merit God's favour (cf. Rom 9:11). Through the working of the Holy Spirit, God confers the gift of faith (cf. Eph 2:8, Phil 1:29) upon those whom He has chosen, and as many as are chosen believe (cf. Acts 13:48). In themselves God's children are so weak (cf. Rom 7:14-19) that they could never persevere in faith, but would fall away from God's grace and loose their redemption. But Christ graciously preserves those whom He has chosen so that none are lost (Luke 22:31-32; John 10:28,29). Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our faith (cf. Heb 12:2).
The Means of Grace
Faith and spiritual renewal are worked by the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the gospel (Rom 10:14-17; 1 Pet 1:23). Therefore the preaching of the gospel is an intrinsic element of the Church service. Faith is also strengthened through the use of the sacraments. Christ has instituted two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Supper. Baptism, as a sign and seal of God's covenant promises, is administered to believers who come to faith as adults (cf. Acts 2:38). Baptism is also administered to the children of believers (cf. Acts 16:15,33), since God establishes His covenant with believers and their children (cf. Gen 17:7, Acts 2:39). The Lord's Supper commemorates the death of Christ (Luke 22:19). Only those are admitted to Holy Supper who have publicly confessed their faith, who have placed themselves under the supervision of the consistory, and whose faith is well attested by a godly walk of life.
Communicant members of the Free Reformed Churches must publicly profess their faith in agreement with the three ecumenical creeds (The Apostles' Creed, The Nicene Creed and The Athanasian Creed) as well as the "Three Forms of Unity"
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