What We Believe

“We believe that God created the world and all that is in it.  We believe that the Bible is the living Word of God and it contains God’s plan for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Church today exists to continue in the work of Christ by sharing the Gospel message of God’s love.  We gather each week for corporate worship and are committed to prayer, Bible study, fellowship, service and mission.  For more information on what we believe, please click the following link”

Here's a summary of what we believe at 2nd Church

1. We believe that the Bible is God’s perfect word, the foundation of truth and that it is our guide for faith and life.  II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21

2. We believe in God the Father, who is both the Almighty God of creation and the author of our salvation. Genesis 1:1, John 3:16

3. We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ, who descended from heaven to be born as a baby, lived a sinless life, died for our sins on the cross, and was raised from the dead.  Jesus is now both our Savior (who saves us from our sins) and our Lord (who reigns from heaven over everything that exists).  John 1:14-18, Luke 24:5-7

4. We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who serves as our Guide and our Counselor in this life.  John 16:7-15, Galatians 5:25

5. We believe that we have all sinned and have fallen short of God’s intentions, but by believing in Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven and that by God’s grace we are granted the free gift of eternal life.  Romans 3:23, Romans 10:9-13, Ephesians 2:8-9

6. We believe that our lives are to be lived in thankful service to God, and our greatest desire is to share His love with others by our actions, words, and attitudes.  Colossians 3:23-24, Matthew 5:15-16

7. We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, fulfills all of God’s promises in scripture and that the church stands upon the Gospel message as its cornerstone and foundation.  In worship, preaching, fellowship and service, our goal is that the love of Jesus Christ would remain central.  Colossians 1:17-20, Ephesians 2:19-20, II Corinthians 1:20 

8. We believe that in spite of the many different denominations of Christianity throughout the world, that there is only one body of believers and that this groups spans across all nations, tribes and ethnicities.  Jesus prayed for unity in the Church and as a result, we make effort to partner with a variety of Christian churches and organizations, both locally and around the world to spread the Good News of God’s love.   Ephesians 4:4-6, John 17:11

9. We believe in a Presbyterian style of church government where the pastor serves alongside of elders and deacons to form the leadership team.  The leadership team meets monthly for prayer, Bible study and to seek and discern God’s will for the church.  Numbers 11:16-17, I Peter 5:1-4, Acts 6:1-6       

10. We believe that the two sacraments of the Church are the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.  The Lord’s Supper has its roots in the Passover meal in the Old Testament as a symbol of God’s deliverance.  Baptism has its roots in the Old Testament practice of circumcision as a sign of God’s covenant faithfulness.  The sacraments are visible reminders that point to deeper spiritual realities that act as a means of grace for believers and their children.  Mark 14:12-24, Colossians 2:11-12, Acts 2:38-39

11.  We believe that belonging to a church family is covenantal.  Fellowship with God and a particular body of believers calls forth a commitment to service and accountability to God and one another.  As a result, each member is encouraged to use their God given talents, gifts and abilities in the life and witness of the church as well as attend worship on a regular basis.  Ephesians 4:11-13, Romans 12, Hebrews 10:25

12. We believe in discipleship and mission.  Throughout the year, there are Bible studies and faith formation programs for all ages in the church.  In addition, each year we plan a variety of local mission projects and every other year we participate in a foreign mission trip.  The last one was to Honduras in 2015 and currently we are planning one to Haiti for this summer.  Matthew 28:19-20, John 20:21-22, II Corinthians 5:18-20

13. We believe in the power of prayer.  The Bible teaches that we are to pray continually and present our requests to God who is sovereign and works in mysterious ways.  All things are possible with God and prayer is a regular practice in the church to help us walk by faith and put our trust in the Lord.  I Thessalonians 5:17, Luke 11:1-4, Philippians 4:6-7

14. We believe that marriage is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman and that one of the roles of the church is to help equip parents to train up their children in the way of the Lord.  Galatians 2:24-25, Malachi 2:13-16, Hebrews 13:4

15. We believe that Christian community can at times be messy and that if a conflict arises, we denounce gossip, slander and divisiveness and instruct members to address their concerns directly with one another with the goals of restoration and reconciliation.  We do not always agree on every topic and issue but strive towards unity, purity and peace in our fellowship with one another. Matthew 18:15-17, Colossians 3:12-14     

3. In addition, 2nd Reformed Church affirms the following creeds and confessions:

The Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Belgic Confession, The Canons of Dort, The Confession of Belhar.  To read any of these historic confessions of the Christian faith, please click here