What We Believe
We are UNITED around the Bible, the written revelation of God's Word, that reveals all that we need to know for salvation and life. We confess and believe that it bears witness to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only Savior and hope for sinners.
We are REFORMED in our faith and practice. This means we are a confessional church, founded on the Scriptures alone. We believe the teaching of the Bible is faithfully summarized in the Reformed Confessions: The Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort. These confessions, together called "The Three Forms of Unity," unite us to believers of the past as well as today, and are a source of comfort, guidance, and strength. They also serve as a guide and a tool for the instruction of both adults and youth. Our minister and all our officers are sworn to uphold these confessions, and all our members agree to them as a faithful summary of Scripture. We believe that we come into a saving relationship with God only because of His gracious work in our hearts, and therefore He deserves our praise in every area of life.
We are a CHURCH belonging to the one holy universal and apostolic Church instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ for the ministry of the Word (preaching of the law and the gospel), the ministry of the sacraments (baptism and the Lord's Supper), and the shepherding of God's people by the pastors and elders. As a historic Christian Church we hold dear and profess the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.
Coram Deo is born out of the Reformation of the 16th Century. The Reformation reclaimed some very important truths that, over the previous centuries, had been obscured or lost completely. We believe that these same issues, now 500 years later, need to be reclaimed for our day. Sharing the conviction of faithful preachers and theologians in history, we labor for a modern reformation.
The following ancient Christian creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, Athanasian) and Three Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort) contain the doctrinal standards, or publicly confessed faith, of the United Reformed Churches in North America. Yet this faith is not peculiar to us, but is the faith of our broader Reformed tradition dating back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and even further back, of the ancient Christian church.
As Christian churches, our foundational text is the Bible, the inspired and infallible Word of God. The basic beliefs of the Bible—that there is only one God who exists eternally as a Trinity and that Jesus Christ our Savior is both God and man—were expressed by the early Christian church in the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. The Belgic Confession says, “we willingly receive” these three creeds (art. 9), since they are ecumenical (general, universal) and have been accepted by a large portion of the churches of Christendom. As churches rooted in the past, therefore, “We hold that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all” (Vincent of Lerins).
Requirements for Profession of Faith:
Those who wish to confess their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior will publicly accept and confirm what was sealed in their baptism, confess their faith in the Lord Jesus, and commit themselves to God as his willing servants, answering truthfully the following questions:
First: Do you wholeheartedly believe the doctrine contained in the Old and the New Testament, and in the articles of the Christian faith, and taught in this Christian church, to be the true and complete doctrine of salvation, and do you promise by the grace of God to continue steadfastly in this profession?
Second: Do you openly accept God’s covenant promise, which has been signified and sealed unto you in your baptism, and do you confess that you despise and humble yourselves before God because of your sins, and that you seek your life not in yourselves, but only in Jesus Christ your Savior?
Third: Do you declare that you love the Lord, and that it is your heartfelt desire to serve Him according to His Word, to forsake the world, to die to your old nature, and to lead a godly life?
Fourth: Do you promise to submit to the government of the church and also, if you should become delinquent either in doctrine or in life, to submit to its admonition and discipline?
When the profession has been made, the individual will be welcomed to all the privileges of full communion and to full participation in the life of the church – to its responsibilities, its joys and its sufferings.