Our Confessional Standards are:

Who We Are & What We Believe

 

1) Why are we named, “Trinity”?

We are named, “Trinity” because we believe in the

triune God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who

are one in essence, in three persons.

 

2) What does “Christian Reformed Church” mean?

When we say that we are Christian, it means we believe & confess in the three creeds of the Christian church, which are:

The Apostles’ Creed,

The Nicene Creed and

The Athanasian Creed.

When we say that we are Reformed,

it means that we believe and confess the three forms of unity, which are:

The Heidelberg Catechism,

The Belgic Confession and

The Canons of Dort.

When we say that we are the Church,

it means that we are part of the universal church that professes Jesus Christ as the Son of the living God & that He is our personal Lord & Savior. We seek to live a life of growing faith and repentance as we grow in our love of our Savior & we seek to serve & love our neighbor out of our desire to fulfill what God teaches us in His Word.

3) Why do we call the Bible, “God’s Word”?

We call the Bible, “God’s Word,” because we believe the Bible teaches us:

1) that the foundation for all that the church believes and teaches, both in faith & practice, is the infallible & inerrant Word of God that was written, the Holy Scriptures of the Old & New Testaments.

2) that the Scriptures possess absolute authority & that the Creeds and the Three Forms of Unity possess authority subordinate to the Scriptures in our churches &

3) that the Holy Spirit will lead, guide, and direct His church always in accord with & never in ways which run contrary to the Word of God.

The Bible & our forms of unity teach us these truths in: John 17:17

Matthew 4:4

Matthew 5:17-20

II Timothy 3:14-17

Hebrews 4:12

Psalm 119:103

Belgic Confession Articles 2,3,5,7,29

4) What do we believe about Salvation?

The Bible teaches us:

1) that we are sinners, who are spiritually dead to God & in rebellion to Him.  The consequence of our sin is death & separation from God in hell.  However, we are made right with God by grace alone through faith alone on account of Christ alone.

2) That the redemptive work of Jesus Christ who is fully God and fully man, was unique and He remains the only way of salvation.  Jesus Christ is our only comfort in life and death.

The Bible & our forms of unity teach us these truths in: Acts 4:12

I Timothy 2:5

John 14:6

II Timothy 1:8-12

Hebrews 10:11-14

Romans 3:1, 2, 9-11,

Romans 8:1-4

Ephesians 2:1-10

Belgic Confession Articles 20, 21, 22, 23, 26; Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 1

5) What does the Bible teach us about Worship in the

Church?

The Bible teaches us that when we meet together with God & His people, we are to give Him the glory due His name.  We seek to do that by worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth by following the Biblical Pattern of: Adoration & Praise, Confession of Sin, Assurance of Salvation, Giving of Gifts, Hearing God’s Word Preached & frequently celebrating the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.  All activities in worship must be done for the glory of God & the strengthening of the believers as prescribed by the Word of God.

The Bible & our forms of unity teach us these truths in:

I Samuel 15:22, 23

John 4:23, 24

I Corinthians 14:40

Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 96

Belgic Confession Article 32

6) What does the Bible teach us about the Offices in

the Church?

The Bible teaches that there are three offices within the church: pastors, elders & deacons.  We hold to and practice the biblical qualifications of pastors, elders & deacons as outlined in the Bible.  We encourage men, women & children to use their spirit-given gifts to build up Christ’s church and advance His mission as they are in accordance with God’s Word.  Trinity C.R.C. belongs to Classis Minnkota, which maintains the biblical qualifications for pastors, elders & deacons.

The Bible & our forms of unity teach us these truths in:

I Timothy 2 & 3

Titus 1

I Corinthians 14

Belgic Confession Articles 30, 31

7) What does the Bible teach us about the

Sacraments of the Church?

The Bible teaches us that there are two Sacraments;

the Lord’s Supper & Baptism

so that by the faithful use of them, He might make us understand more clearly the promise of the gospel and might put His seal on that promise.  We believe that the Bible teaches:

1) that baptism should be given to believers & their children in keeping with God’s gracious and covenantal dealing with sinners saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us this in:

Genesis 17

Romans 4:9-11

Galatians 3:26-29

Isaiah 44:1-3

Acts 2:38-39

Acts 10:47

Acts 16:31

Colossians 2:11

I Corinthians 10:1-2

I Corinthians 7:14

Matthew 28:18-20.

2) We believe that the Bible teaches that the Lord’s Supper should be observed frequently by all those who have publically professed their faith in Jesus Christ as the only One who can save them from their sins, are truly sorry for their sins, earnestly desire to lead a Godly, holy life in Christ & have properly examined themselves, their faith, hope and love for God and neighbor as I Corinthians 11:23-29 calls the church to do.

7) What does the Bible teach us about Marriage?

The Bible teaches us marriage is defined as a covenant relationship for life between one man and one woman.

The Bible teaches us this truth in Matthew 19:4-6 & Hebrews 13:4

8) What does the Bible teach us about the Value of

Life?

The Bible teaches us that God’s gift of human life is so precious in God’s sight that He is the only one who may decide when human life shall end.  As a result, we believe that the unborn child, from conception, is a human being, made in the image of God.  The consequence then of an intentional abortion is a grievous sin.  However, like all sin, there is forgiveness through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.  The church is called and committed to restoration and renewal of all sinners through the grace and Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Bible teaches us this truth in:

Genesis 1:26-27

Psalm 139

Psalm 51

Jeremiah 1:5

Exodus 20:13

 


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