Theology: What We Believe

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching"

Theology (what we believe) is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God. As a “confessional” congregation we believe having written statements of faith are valuable in a time of “mile wide, inch deep” Christianity. As a "confessing" congregation we continue believing these statements are relevant and necessary.

  • The Holy Scriptures

    What we believe finds its source in God's revelation of himself to humanity: the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Old and New Testaments—the Holy Scriptures.

  • Ancient Creeds

    As a Christian church rooted in history, we identify with the orthodox creeds the ancient churches confessed—the Apostles’, Nicene (pictured to the left), Chalcedonian, and Athanasian Creeds. These creeds confess the mystery of the one true God who exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and who in time creates, redeems, and sanctifies. They also confess the mystery that the Person of the eternal Son assumed to himself a true human nature and so exists as one Person yet in two natures with two wills.

  • Reformation Confessions

    As a Protestant and Reformed church, we also whole-heartedly believe what are called the “Three Forms of Unity”—the Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and Canons of Dort (pictured to the left). These Reformation confessions are rooted in the truth of Scripture and build upon ancient truths to confess that the Triune God made an eternal plan in which the Father demonstrated his love for a sinful world by sending his Son to become a man and that by the work of the Holy Spirit sinful humanity might have eternal fellowship with their Creator. Thus sinners are saved from eternal wrath only by God’s grace alone, which we receive through faith alone that is placed in the perfect person of Jesus Christ alone. This truth was confessed by all the Reformed churches of the 16th-17th centuries in other confessional documents we esteem such as The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, Second Helvetic Confession, Westminster Confession, and Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms. 

  • Explore Our Faith

    We invite you to explore our faith by reading Pastor Danny's, Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims (Reformation Trust, 2010). All visitors to OURC get a free copy or you may click the image to the left for the Amazon page.

  • Contemporary statements

    The leadership of our church has also adopted the following contemporary statements: