About Our beliefs
We are a multi-generational Christian Reformed Church located in Shoreline, WA - just north of Seattle.
We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life. The bulk of what we believe we hold in common with the Christian church around the world and throughout the ages.
The good news of the Christian faith begins with the recognition that you are loved and accepted by the God who created and sustains the world. God knows us intimately and loves us totally. Nothing we have done or could do can make God love us less. The Bible plainly teaches that all human beings have sinned, have lost the desire to serve God, and have no ability to save themselves. Despite this sinfulness, God did not stop loving us or desiring fellowship with us. John 3:16 tells us that "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we gain the right to become daughters and sons of God and receive the sure hope that this new life will continue beyond death, bringing us into heaven.
We believe in the Triune God: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:
God the father: God is not some remote, unknowable spiritual entity. Rather God is our loving, powerful heavenly Father. We profess that God created heaven and earth and all that is in them. This profession affirms the goodness of creation and endows it with meaning and purpose. Further, all that is good and beautiful points to a Creator God. Thus all humans can know something about God through what creation reveals.
God the Son:
We affirm that Jesus of Nazareth was both a human being AND God’s Son, and thus also God himself. As the Christ, Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies about a Messiah who would redeem God’s people. He died on a cross to save us from our sins. After his earthly work of redemption was finished, Jesus took his place in heaven as Lord of all things. He will come again to make all things new.
God the Holy Spirit:
When Jesus ascended bodily to heaven, he promised his disciples a comforter, a source of power; one that would “lead them into all truth.” This gift was the Holy Spirit. Ever since then, the Holy Spirit has dwelled in and empowered God’s people. The Holy Spirit is the presence and power of God with us here and now, leading the church, uniting God’s people, applying God’s forgiveness to our broken lives, speaking to us, and spurring us individually and communally to godly living.
We affirm three creeds—the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed—as ecumenical expressions of the Christian faith. We also affirm three confessions—the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort—as historic Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, whose doctrines fully agree with the Word of God.
Along with these historic creeds and confessions, we recognize the following Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, adopted by synod as contemporary testimonies: the call for unity, justice, and reconciliation of the Belhar Confession and the witness of Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony. To learn more about our beliefs, explore the sections below.