Our Statement Of Faith:
Bethel Christian Reformed Church is part of a denomination known as the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Each of these words tells something about who we are:
We call ourselves Christian because we are followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus was the Son of God, that he is the center of human history, and that he should be the center of our own lives.
We are called Reformed because we are part of a church that emerged from the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe.
We are a Church because we believe that God has called us together to be a people who worship and glorify Him in all that we do.
North America tells you where we are located but also tells you that we are connected to other Reformed denominations around the world.
What binds these churches across the country together is a common perspective. We believe in the five great truths of the Reformation:
Scripture Alone—We believe that the Bible is the ultimate authority for faith and life and the inspired Word of God.
Christ Alone—We believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Jesus fully paid the penalty for our sins with his perfect life and his death on the cross, and nothing we can do can add to the work of Christ for us.
Grace Alone—We believe that we can do nothing to make ourselves right with God. Only God deserves credit for our salvation. Through his mercy and grace alone we are made right with God and restored to fellowship with him and with each other.
Faith Alone—We believe that by faith alone we receive the benefits and blessings of Christ’s death. We must receive in trust all that he has accomplished for our salvation. Our good works do not earn us salvation; rather they are a grateful response to our salvation.
Glory to God Alone—We believe that we now live to bring glory to God. Both as individuals and as a church, we seek in all that we do to bring honor to the God who made us, redeemed us, and loves us with an everlasting love.
In addition to these five basic truths, our perspective is shaped by three confessions that find their roots in the Reformation. They are:
The Heidelberg Catechism. This document explains and discusses the Apostle’s Creed, the sacraments, the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer.
The Canons of Dordt. This is a defense of what is sometimes known as the “Five Points of Calvinism”.
The Belgic Confession. This is a defense and explanation of the Reformed understanding of salvation.
In addition to these historic truths and confessions which shape our life together, Bethel CRC has recently adopted a vision, mission, and statement of core values which shape the ministry we carry out.
"A People Set Free to Serve Fully"
Bethel CRC exists to encourage people to take their next steps into maturity and service in Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit and for the glory of God the Father.
As a people set free in order to serve fully, we uphold the following as our care values...
God-Centered Worship: Our Service to God begins with Spirit-filled and heartfelt worship.
Loving Service: Our Service is expressed in service to the world and our neighbors.
Spirit Empowered Ministry: Our Service is expressed in "Every Member Ministry."
Transforming Community: Our Service takes place in the context of meaningful Biblical community.
Hospitable Outreach: Our service seeks to draw others into the community of God's people
Total Discipleship: Our Service should be expressed in every stage and every dimension of our lives.