We are a “reformed” church. That means that we go back to the original form that the Lord God has given us in His Word. As such we strive to be biblical, and desire to submit ourselves to the authority of God’s Word alone. We are delighted that God has revealed Himself to us, and that He wants to be in a covenant relationship with all those who humble themselves before Him and trust in Him.
Immanuel Canadian Reformed Church is built on the foundation of the Bible, the inspired and infallible Word of God. Through the Bible and the Holy Spirit, God works repentance and faith in the hearts of his children. Our spiritual roots are in the Reformation, when God used men like Martin Luther and John Calvin to bring the church back to his Word.
We are delighted that God has revealed Himself to us, and that He wants to be in a covenant relationship with all those who humble themselves before Him and trust in Him.
The Reformed Churches have summarized the teachings of the Bible in various confessions. These confessions don’t replace the Bible, but are an aid in understanding the Bible. These confessions can be divided into two groups:
- Ecumenical confessions
- The Ecumenical Confessions were all written during the first 6 centuries A.D. They include:
- Reformed confessions
- The Reformed Confessions include:
- The Belgic Confession: states in a positive way what we believe about God; man and his fall into sin; Jesus Christ and Salvation; the Church and Sacraments; civil government
- The Heidelberg Catechism: uses a question and answer format to explain the basics of the Christian faith
- The Canons of Dort: stresses the sovereignty of God in our salvation, emphasizing it is all God’s work; clearly teaches the fine points of the Reformed faith
At peace with God
The Christian faith is a joyful faith, because you know that through Jesus Christ you are at peace with God. When you believe in Jesus Christ then God is not angry with you, but you fall under His protection, love and grace. But God’s Word is clear: “…there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). And, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3: 16,18)
body and soul,
in life and in death—
to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven;
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.
Creator of heaven and earth.
His only-begotten Son, our Lord;
born of the virgin Mary;
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
and sits at the right hand
of God the Father almighty;
the living and the dead.
the communion of saints;
(1) Whoever desires to be saved must above all things hold to the catholic faith. (2) Unless a man keeps it in its entirety inviolate, he will assuredly perish eternally.
(3) Now this is the catholic faith, that we worship one God in trinity and trinity in unity, (4) without either confusing the persons, or dividing the substance. (5) For the Father’s person is one, the Son’s another, the Holy Spirit’s another; (6) but the Godhead of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is one, their glory is equal, their majesty is co-eternal.
(7) Such as the Father is, such is the Son, such is also the Holy Spirit. (8) The Father is uncreate, the Son uncreate, the Holy Spirit uncreate. (9) The Father is infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite. (10) The Father is eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal. (11) Yet there are not three eternals, but one eternal; (12) just as there are not three uncreates or three infinites, but one uncreate and one infinite. (13) In the same way the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty; (14) yet there are not three almighties, but one almighty.
(15) Thus the Father is God, the Son God, the Holy Spirit God; (16) and yet there are not three Gods, but there is one God. (17) Thus the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, the Holy Spirit Lord; (18) and yet there are not three Lords, but there is one Lord. (19) Because just as we are compelled by Christian truth to acknowledge each person separately to be both God and Lord, (20) so we are forbidden by the catholic religion to speak of three Gods or Lords.
(21) The Father is from none, not made nor created nor begotten. (22) The Son is from the Father alone, not made nor created but begotten. (23) The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son, not made nor created nor begotten but proceeding. (24) So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits. (25) And in this trinity there is nothing before or after, nothing greater or less, (26) but all three persons are co-eternal with each other and co-equal. (27) Thus in all things, as has been stated above, both trinity and unity and unity in trinity must be worshipped. (28) So he who desires to be saved should think thus of the Trinity.
(29) It is necessary, however, to eternal salvation that he should also believe in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. (30) Now the right faith is that we should believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is equally both God and man.
(31) He is God from the Father’s substance, begotten before time; and He is man from His mother’s substance, born in time. (32) Perfect God, perfect man composed of a human soul and human flesh, (33) equal to the Father in respect of His divinity, less than the Father in respect of His humanity.
(34) Who, although He is God and man, is nevertheless not two, but one Christ. (35) He is one, however, not by the transformation of His divinity into flesh, but by the taking up of His humanity into God; (36) one certainly not by confusion of substance, but by oneness of person. (37) For just as soul and flesh are one man, so God and man are one Christ.
(38) Who suffered for our salvation, descended to hell, rose from the dead, (39) ascended to heaven, sat down at the Father’s right hand, from where He will come to judge the living and the dead; (40) at whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies, and will render an account of their deeds; (41) and those who have done good will go to eternal life, those who have done evil to eternal fire.
(42) This is the catholic faith. Unless a man believes it faithfully and steadfastly, he cannot be saved. Amen.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father; through whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and our salvation, came down from heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He arose, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified; who spoke through the prophets.
And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins; and we look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.