That I am not my own, but belong-body and soul, in life and in death-to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ...
(from the Heidelberg Catechism)
What We Believe
We know that what God teaches in the Bible is true, and we trust that God has given to us what he promises in the gospel: to grant us forgiveness of sins and eternal life by grace because of Christ's one sacrifice accomplished on the cross.
Our faith is the same Christian faith of the church around the world and throughout history. The Biblical Christian faith is summarized by three historic creeds of the Christian church: the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.
The Christian faith is described in different ways by different people. Churches in our tradition profess a common understanding of the Christian faith using three doctrinal documents with roots in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries: the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort. The interpretation of the Bible found in these documents is the traditional theology of "Reformed" and "Presbyterian" churches around the world.
Our hope for a new creation is not tied to what humans can do, for we believe that one day every challenge to God’s rule will be crushed. His kingdom will fully come, and the Lord will rule. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
We long for that day when our bodies are raised, the Lord wipes away our tears, and we dwell forever in the presence of God. We will take our place in the new creation, where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, and the Lord will be our light. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
On that day we will see our Savior face to face, sacrificed Lamb and triumphant King, just and gracious. He will set all things right, judge evil, and condemn the wicked. We face that day without fear, for the Judge is our Savior, whose shed blood declares us righteous. We live confidently, anticipating his coming, offering him our daily lives— our acts of kindness, our loyalty, and our love— knowing that he will weave even our sins and sorrows into his sovereign purpose. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
With the whole creation we join the song: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” He has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God, and we will reign on earth. God will be all in all, righteousness and peace will flourish, everything will be made new, and every eye will see at last that our world belongs to God. Hallelujah! Come, Lord Jesus!
(from "Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony")