What We Believe

At Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, we call ourselves-

  • Christian because we belong to Jesus Christ and want to be his followers. We recognize as fellow-Christians all people who accept the teachings of the Bible as summarized in the Apostle's Creed.
  • Reformed because we're part of that historic branch of the Christian church that follows the teachings of 16th-century reformer John Calvin, who struggled to return Christianity to its biblical roots.
  • Church because God has called us to be a fellowship of his people in the world.

What is distinctive about being Christian Reformed?

The denominational emblem --a cross in a triangle--symbolizes who we are. The triangle represents the Trinity, our belief in the one God we know as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The cross symbolizes our belief in Jesus Christ's sacrificial death on the cross for our salvation. Beyond these basic Christian beliefs:

  1. We believe that all of life is governed by our faith. Not only on Sunday but also every day of the week our faith helps us make the important decisions of our life. Things like whom we marry, for whom we vote, how we do our work, how we study this world in our schools--all of these things should be influenced by our faith and understanding of God's word.
  2. We are genuinely working to be an inclusive church. We appreciate and embrace people of different gifts, races, tongues, and traditions as members of our congregation.
  3. We are a family-centered church. We believe in the importance of the family unit. We encourage worship as families. And we believe that the church is the family of God, a spiritual family. We come together as natural families and as singles to form this spiritual family. We believe God has established a covenant with us, promising to be our God and to love us as a family.
  4. We believe in the priesthood of all believers. By that we mean that all Christians are God's servants, wherever God has placed them. Whether we work in the classroom, the factory, the farm, or the church, whether we attend school or stay at home, we use the gifts of ministry that God has given us to invite others to share with us in the blessings of His kingdom.

Is there a place for me at Hessel Park Church?

Yes, if what you have read about us attracts you:

  • If you believe God's Word is the important guide for our lives...
  • If belonging to a family is important to you...
  • If you are committed to growing in your faith in Christ...
  • If you desire to serve God...
...then we will enrich each other.

(This material has been adapted from "The CRC and You," which can be found here.)