THE APOSTLES’ CREED:
I believe in God the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only-begotten Son, our Lord;
he was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell.
On the third day he arose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand
of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
I believe a holy catholic Christian church,
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Canadian Reformed Churches profess and believe one holy universal Church which has been from the beginning of the world and will be to the end of times, preserved and supported by the Lord God through His Son, our Redeemer Jesus Christ, who gathers and guides the Church by His Spirit and Word.
We further believe that the true church is to be recognized by the following marks:
- It practices the pure preaching of the gospel
- It maintains the pure administration of the sacraments as Christ instituted them
- It exercises church discipline
In short, it governs itself according to the pure Word of God, rejecting all things contrary to it and regarding Jesus Christ as the only Head.
Historically, we trace our roots to the time of the great reformation in the 16th century and we subscribe to the following Confessions:
- The Belgic Confession of Faith (1561)
- The Heidelberg Catechism (1563)
- The Canons of Dort (1618 – 1619)
Why is “Reformed” included in our name?
The word “Reformed” is indeed essential for today. It simply means “back to the original form,” that is the form which God Himself intended and revealed in His Word, the Bible. The word “Reformed” points to the Word of God as the solid foundation and Jesus Christ as the only Head of the Church. This foundation was again discovered during the years of the great reformation by Martin Luther and John Calvin, among others.