1. Our Creator made the world in love and continues to sustain and provide for it. In fact, God created a perfect world. In the beginning, there was no sin–no hatred, no disunity, and no death. But God also allowed humans to make their own choices. The first humans, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God, allowing sin to enter God’s perfect world. From then on, every human has been born with sinful desires that lead to separation from God. The heartbreak in the world arises primarily from a human tendency toward idolatry, where we give priority to realities other than God. We worship, in part, to hear the truth about life so that we can reorient ourselves to God.
2. In his life, death and resurrection, Jesus was able to reconcile the world to God. When we look at Jesus’ great love and faithfulness, we see most clearly who God is.
3. The Holy Spirit is among us when we gather in God’s name. The Spirit comforts us in our pain, challenges us when we grow too comfortable, and guides us as followers of Christ.
4. Scripture is our primary witness to God’s history with the world. We believe that God inspired the people who wrote the Scriptures and that God still speaks deep truths through it today.
5. The church is “the body of Christ” and is gathered together for many purposes, which include worship, education, fellowship, and caring for others.
6. God’s people are chosen as much for service as for salvation. When we accept Jesus’ sacrifice for us and commit our lives to following him, God sees us as perfect, the way we were first created to be. We cannot manufacture such faith on our own; it is the result of God’s Spirit working within us. Both men and women have been called to serve God as ministers, elders, deacons, and teachers.
7. To be sure, we believe that we are saved by grace alone through faith, not by what we think or do to earn God’s favor. Our good works do not earn our salvation, but are a way to thank God for this free gift of salvation.
8. We observe two sacraments: baptism and communion.
Communion, also called “The Lord’s Supper” or “The Eucharist,” is the sign and seal of eating and drinking with the crucified and risen Lord. We are nourished and shaped by God as we share this foretaste of God’s heavenly banquet. At Community Reformed Church, all who trust in Christ are welcome to the table.
We baptize infants and adults. We believe that God loves us and our children, and that parents and the faith community are to educate and support the child together in such a way that she or he will always be aware of God’s love and acceptance. Baptism is God’s way of saying to us and to our children, “You belong!”
9. We are a confessional church, which means that together we have statements of belief, called creeds and confessions. These statements guide our understanding of faith and shape our practice. No one individual knows more than the community.
10. In the Reformed view, the final authority is the Bible–known as the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God.
Pastor Steve Pierce teaches about the meaning of life and death from a Christian perspective in the cemetery.
In memory of Bridget Hegeman wife of Cornelius Hegeman; who departed this life 20th, December 1816; in the 84th year of her age.