Grace Reformed Church is a historic, Protestant & confessional congregation.
This primarily means that we agree with the catholic or universal doctrines of Christianity as expressed in three creeds (statements of faith) of the early church. You can view them on our Ecumenical Creeds page.
Despite agreement on the teachings of scripture regarding God and the Trinity, a widespread division erupted in the 16th century church regarding the authority of scripture and the nature of God’s salvation to man. It became known as the ‘Protestant Reformation’. The word Protestant refers to the protesting of believers against the corrupted doctrine and practices of the church. These reformers returned the church to the Bible’s authority and removed the many traditions that had obscured the gospel. As a Reformed church, we believe that this reformation was the work of God and we seek to carry it on in our preaching, worship and daily lives.
These Protestant churches of Europe wrote several confessions or statements of faith in order to distinguish themselves from other confessing bodies. As a Reformed church we have adopted three of these that date from the 16th & 17th centuries to formally express our faith. You can view them on our Reformed Confessions page.
It should be noted, however, that we do not believe these doctrines because of their confessional authority so much as we receive them as a faithful summary of God’s inspired Word which “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.