The beliefs and doctrine of the Christian Reformed Church are based on the Holy Bible, God’s infallible written Word contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
The Christian Reformed Church subscribes to the following confessions:
The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) is a sacrament (tradition) we celebrate in the Christian Reformed Church. Confessing members take part in the Lord’s Supper five times per year – typically the second Sundays in February, June, September and December, and on Good Friday.
What is the Lord’s Supper all about?
The day before Jesus was crucified, he shared bread and wine with his disciples as part of a meal, and instructed them to ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’ (Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Cor. 11:23–26) The bread and wine we consume during Lord’s Supper symbolize the body of Christ broken for us, and the blood of Christ poured out for the forgiveness of our sins. It’s a powerful and physical way to regularly be reminded of Christ’s loving sacrifice for us.
Holy Baptism: The sacrament of baptism reminds and assures us that, as surely as water washes away dirt from the body, so certainly [Christ’s] blood and his Spirit wash away…all [our] sins” (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. and A. 69)
In the Christian Reformed Church, baptism is performed by the sprinkling of water on the head of the person being baptized. We baptize infants of believing parents, as well as child and adult baptism for those who join but have not previously been baptized in a Christian church.