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.
To learn more, read about the beliefs that churches share in our denomination, the Christian Reformed Church.
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")
We love God. And we love our neighbors. As an illustration of some of the ways we love our neighbors, here are the organizations we support as a church:
Ministries of our denomination, the Christian Reformed Church:
Back to God Ministries International
Calvin Theological Seminary
World Renew (CRWRC)
Bethany Christian Services
A nation-wide non-profit adoption and family services agency.
Care-Net Pregnancy Center
A network of pregnancy resource centers which provide practical help and emotional support to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
A Christian college in the Reformed tradition located in Sioux Center, IA.
East Palmyra Christian School
A Christian school located next to the church.
A ministry dedicated to Bible distribution and evangelism.
Habitat for Humanity
A nonprofit Christian housing organization which builds housing in partnership with people in need.
A worldwide ministry which supports indigenous health professionals in providing medical care, health education and the gospel to the poor.
Marion Food Pantry
A food pantry serving those in need in our area.
A nonprofit behavioral health center in Grand Rapids, MI with a psychiatric hospital and 18 outpatient clinics.
Williamson Come-Unity Center
A ministry which provides emergency help and assists in finding long-term solutions for those suffering from hunger and poverty in our area.