Brookfield Christian Reformed Church

The Bible

We believe that God inspired the Bible’s authors to write so that he could accomplish his purpose. That purpose is “that [we] may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing [we] may have life in his name” (John 20:31). The Bible is authoritative because it’s God’s Word. It’s necessary because without it we would not know Jesus. It’s clear because through it the Holy Spirit shows us the way of life in Christ.

We show our deep belief in the Bible in at least five ways: in our worship, in our confessions, in our education, in our mission, and in our homes.

The Bible is central in our worship. From opening greeting, to a prominent sermon, to songs from the Psalms, to parting blessing, God’s Word is the matter from which we shape worship. Take away the Word of God, and there’s little left of most Christian Reformed worship services.

The Christian Reformed Church has at least two sets of confessions. The more familiar Ecumenical Creeds we share with all other Christian churches; the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed confess the great biblical truth that God is Trinity, one God yet three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The other confessions, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort, came out of the Protestant Reformation. These are not substitutes for, but serious testimonies to, the truth of God’s Word. Our World Belongs to God, a contemporary testimony, is also used in many of our congregations.

Our program of church education is another evidence of the Bible’s importance in our church life. Bible study groups are provided for all ages. Children and young people are required by Church Order to receive instruction “in the teaching of Scripture as formulated in the creeds.” A Bible-based educational program is one of the distinguishing features of the Christian Reformed Church.

Our sense of mission prevents us from becoming spiritually fat with all our Bible study. For the Bible insists that we tell the gospel news to others.We continue to expand our mission work at home and abroad, and our world relief activity. The mission of our church shows our allegiance to God’s Word.

A final evidence of the Bible’s importance for us is its place in our homes. For many of our people praying and reading the Bible in personal and family worship has become an ingrained habit.

Why all of this emphasis on a book? Because it’s God’s Word, given so that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, and that believing we might have life in his name. What could be more important and more reliable than that?

For more information on our beliefs and positions on contemporary issues, visit our denominational Web site’s Beliefs section.


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