What we believe

We believe that the Bible is used by God: that He “makes Himself more clearly and fully known to us by His holy and divine Word as far as is necessary for us in this life, to His glory and our salvation.” (Belgic Confession, Article 2).

Although the Bible takes precedence over all man-made work, we subscribe to a number of Creeds and Confessions:

You can read about these Creeds and Confessions by clicking on any of the links above.

The five solas

The five solas are five Latin phrases that emerged during the Protestant Reformation and summarize the Reformers’ basic theological beliefs in contradistinction to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church of the day. The Latin word sola means alone” or “only” in English.
The five solas articulate the five fundamental beliefs of the Reformation, the pillars which we believe to be essentials of Christian life and practice.

Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”)

The Bible is the inspired word of God and is the primary way in which we can learn about our creator and Father.

Sola fide (“by faith alone”)

Faith is what is needed to be saved: as Paul and Silas testify in Acts 16, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Good works can never make us right with God – because we are inherently sinful, nothing we do is pleasing to God without His help.

Sola gratia (“by grace alone”)

God chooses His people, works faith in their hearts, and ensures that His perfect plan is carried out. It is by His grace alone that we are saved!

Solus Christus or Solo Christo (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”)

Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, is the only way to salvation – not through anyone else.

Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”)

God alone deserves our prayers and glory!

The communion of saints?

The “communion of saints” refers to the belief that believers, all and everyone, as members of Christ have communion with Him and share in all His treasures and gifts. As Lord’s Day 55 of the Heidelberg Catechism states, “everyone is duty-bound to use his gifts readily and cheerfully for the benefit and well-being of the other members.”

What are Christ’s “treasures and gifts”? Of primary importance is His redeeming work, of course! However, there are other aspects: in Christ we form part of the larger “body of Christ”, which is an analogy describing how the Church (the worldwide collection of all Christians throughout time) is similar to a living being.

The second part of Lord’s Day 55 talks about using your gifts readily and cheerfully for the benefit of the other members. What are these gifts? More often than not, they’re everyday things that help other Christians out and strengthen the relationships we have with each other: meals for a family when there’s a new baby; picking up some groceries; babysitting so that someone can have a free evening; volunteering together on a committee – and many other practical ways. In this manner, the congregation learns to work together and forms a ‘safety net’ around members when they need help.

This communion of saints isn’t constrained to the local congregation, however; mission trips to urban areas, needy parts of the USA, or overseas are occasionally undertaken, and regular support of relief efforts such as by the Canadian Reformed World Relief Fund (CRWRF) are a concrete example of how the world-wide Church is able to work together.

What is the “communion of saints”?

“People living together in harmony, mirroring a small glimpse of things yet to come!” A.V.

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