Vriesland Church is an evangelical, Reformed, and confessional church.
We stand firmly and confidently on the inspired, all-sufficient, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. We believe because the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts, “we believe without a doubt all things contained in them.” (Belgic Confession) The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is our only rule for faith and life.
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - one substance, equal in power, glory, and honor.
We believe this God created all things by His Word and continues to sustain and rule over His creation. He is our creator, redeemer, and sanctifier.
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, fully God and fully human. He took on humanity by being born of a virgin, obeyed God’s law perfectly, died for our sins on the cross, rose again to defeat Satan, sin, and death, and has returned to the Father’s side to intercede for His people.
We believe in Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead, bodily ascension, and eventual bodily return and final judgment.
We believe that God created men and women in His image and likeness to be in fellowship with Himself and one another. We believe that men and women are equal in value and complementary in function. When Adam sinned in the garden, his sin was imputed onto the whole of humanity and we still suffer the effects today. Apart from God’s amazing grace we are fully incapable of living holy lives, serving God, and receiving salvation. Humanity is wholly dependent on Him.
God is merciful in saving those who have been elected and chosen in Jesus Christ without any consideration of their works. Thus salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone, based on the teaching of Scripture alone.
Through the finished work of Jesus, we are given His Spirit who convicts, regenerates, sanctifies, glorifies, and assures us of our salvation.
We believe marriage is a covenantal relationship designed by God, in the beginning, to be between one man, one woman, and God for life.
All sexual activity outside of the covenant of marriage is sinful. Lust, adultery, cohabitating, homosexuality, pornography, etc. are all outside of a covenantal marriage and thus condemned as sin.
Covenant Baptism: Baptism is a rite of initiation which replaces circumcision as the unique mark placed upon God's people and their children. Baptism is a sign and seal of the New Covenant given in Christ Jesus and is our entrance into the visible church.
The Lord’s Supper is a rite of fellowship. By faith in Christ alone, believers are supernaturally fed by Christ and receive spiritual nourishment as they partake of the elements.
We believe the Church is the physical representation of Jesus in the world, thus the Church is the loveliest place. As such, she is to live for the glory of God and have these three marks of a true church: faithful preaching in accordance to God’s Word, faithful administration of the sacraments, and discipline.
Michael Reeves defines the label evangelical as “people of the Gospel.” Evangelicalism is historic, mere, credal, catholic Christianity. Being evangelical does not speak to a denomination, rather an emphasis. We are people who believe in and live by the supreme authority of Scripture. We believe the Gospel should always center its attention on our Savior, not on ourselves.
Reformed theology places great emphasis on the doctrines of God, His work throughout the ages and within our lives, and the doctrines of grace (Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverance of the saints). The emphasis on grace in reformed theology reminds us both of our unworthiness before God and God’s unbelievable saving power and love toward us. Even while we were dead in our sins, Jesus died for us and poured out His blood in order to redeem us - amazing grace.
We are a confessional church, meaning we affirm specific statements of belief called creeds and confessions. These statements are biblically-grounded and were written in response to wrong teaching to articulate what the Church believes regarding a number of topics. We adhere to the Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed. We also adhere to these confessional standards: The Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort, Belgic Confession, Belhar Confession, and Great Lakes Catechism on Marriage and Sexuality.
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