Brookfield Christian Reformed Church

The Christian Life

We believe God’s Ten Commandments not only shaped the life-style of Israel, but should also shape the life-style of today’s covenant people.

In the first commandment God says, “No other gods before me.” He wants us to live under his authority and his authority alone.

The second commandment forbids image worship. God wants us to worship him as he has revealed himself, not as we may imagine him.

In the third commandment we are warned not to take God’s name in vain—either through cursing and profanity or by swearing to irresponsible oaths.

Most Christian Reformed people are sensitive about proper Sunday observance. In the fourth commandment God tells us to keep the sabbath day holy. So we see Sunday as a day for worshiping together, for family and friends, for physical and spiritual rest, and for kindness towards the needy.

In obedience to the fifth commandment, our church accents the importance and value of the Christian family. We believe that in God’s covenant our individual families are caught up into his everlasting family.

The sixth commandment forbids killing. By implication, it forbids reckless living, for it celebrates God’s gift of life. In the light of the rest of Scripture we have concluded, first, that the Bible permits wars of self-defense, second, that the Bible forbids abortion unless the life of the mother is genuinely threatened, and third, that although the Bible doesn't require capital punishment, it does allow governments to practice it.

The seventh commandment forbids adultery, all impurity, pornography, and the practice of homosexuality. Positively, this commandment insists that we respect the sacredness of marriage. God requires that marriage be permanent. When marriages are broken, only God’s grace can heal us. He calls us to humility, repentance, and forgiveness. In the anguish of a troubled marriage, we must remember that “with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).

Paul interpreted the eighth commandment for us. “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need” (Eph. 4:28).

In the ninth commandment God tells us not to lie but to speak, love, and live the truth for Jesus who is the Truth (John 14:6).

The tenth commandment forbids coveting. While we may strive, hope, and dream, we must be content to live with the blessings God gives us.

The sum of Christian living is, as Jesus said, “Love God above all, and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37-39).