What We Believe

The Reformed View of Christian Faith

In the Reformed view, the final authority is the Bible — known as the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God.

The Reformed perspective is centered in the overwhelming love of God toward us. We believe that God is three in one — God the father, God the son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.

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.

The Reformed Church in America (RCA) celebrates two sacramentsbaptism and the Lord’s Supper. They remind us of God’s promises to us and help us to claim those promises as our own.

The RCA is confessional, which means that together we have statements of belief, called creeds and confessions. These statements guide our understanding of faith and shape its practice.

The RCA is “Reformed and always reforming,” earnestly seeking to know the mind of Christ as it strives to be faithful in a changing, complex, and often troubled world. The RCA’s position papers on contemporary issues provide guidance to the members of the church and are a part of the church’s witness in society.