Creeds & Confessions

The Reformed Church in America is a confessional church. This means that, as a denomination, we affirm specific statements of belief called creeds and confessions.

Along with most Christian churches, the Reformed Church accepts three creeds that were written in the first few centuries after Jesus’ death:

In addition, four “standards of unity” tell what the Reformed Church believes:

In 1978 the Reformed Church approved Our Song of Hope as a contemporary statement of faith.
 

The Apostles’ Creed

 
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
 
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church*,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
 
*meaning the universal Christian church–all believers in Jesus Christ