Hammond Christian Reformed Church

What We Believe

Our Beliefs:
First, our beliefs are Christian - best understood through knowing God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit Creator, Savior and Friend.

We Believe in God, the Father
God the Father is the creator of this world. He knows, sustains, and directs everything in the universe. He created us to be in fellowship with Him and each other. But our sins have broken that fellowship.

We Believe in God, the Son - Jesus Christ
God's justice requires payment for sin. He loves us so much that He sent His own son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life, yet pay for our sins by death. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. It is given to us as a free gift of love through God's grace.

We Believe in God, the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts as a friend. When we hear His call, we recognize God's salvation for us. He prompts us to serve God with our spiritual gifts as an expression of our thankfulness and gratitude.   He comforts, convicts, guides, and seeks to increasingly have Christ's image reflected in our lives.  

We Believe In Prayer
God has given us a wonderful gift called prayer.   Because of the saving work of Jesus, we can now approach God in confidence.   James 5:16 reminds us that "the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective."   Prayer's power does not come from us, it comes from God which we tap into as we pray. A growing, effective church is a praying church.

More information about our denomination is available at the Christian Reformed Church website.

Creeds and Confessions:
Our congregation believes it is the responsibility of every Christian to understand God's will for their lives as shown to us through God's word. Tools to help us understand these words of life are summarized for us in the creeds and confessions that our church holds to. These include:

  • The Nicene Creed :  This fourth century Trinitarian creed boldly emphasizes the  biblical teaching that Jesus is truly, fully God.

  • The Apostles' Creed : This other fourth century creed simply and elegantly summarizes the historic Christian belief in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It also affirms the place of the church, the forgiveness of sins and the resurrection of all believers.

  • The Belgic Confession : This document summarizes what we believe about the bible, sin, salvation, the person and work of Christ, the church, civil government and our Lord's promised return. This document also defines many essential Christian terms.

  • The Heidelberg Catechism : This document was intended to teach children and those new to the church the biblical plan of salvation.  It begins by describing our need for a savior. It then discusses who our savior is and how we are saved. Then it present us with a good way of saying thank-you to God for the rest of  our lives.

  • The Canons of Dort :  This document outlines 5 key elements specifically focused on our understanding of how  anyone comes to saving faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.  The emphasis throughout the document is the primacy and significance of our Sovereign God initiating and completing the work of salvation in us by the power of his Word and Spirit.