We are Disciples of Jesus Christ – Christians
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came to exchange the penalty for our sin for the perfection of his righteousness. He died for us, and we live through him. We are saved not because of what we do, but because of what Christ has done for us. Good works are the natural byproduct of having transformed hearts. The beliefs of the church were standardized long ago in the creeds:
We are Reformed
The Protestant Reformation was a pan-European phenomenon of the 16th century, in which certain persons arose to protest against the corruptions they saw taking place in the church. They were hoping to see reformation according to the Word of God within the existing establishment, but for various reasons decided to take their leave and form new churches. These gatherings of believers took on various forms as they faced different challenges in different places. German protestant churches were called “Lutheran.” English protestant churches were called “Presbyterian.” Dutch protestant churches were called “Reformed.” That’s where we come from.
The historic Reformed beliefs are contained in the Three Forms of Unity, which include:
We belong to the Reformed Church in America (RCA)
The RCA was established in 1628 in what is now New York City, when the Dutch founded the first of its colonies in the new world. Naturally, they brought over their own ministers to serve the people, and eventually broke ties with the church in the Netherlands, creating their own “denomination” in America. Many of the RCA churches in the United States are well over 300 years old.
The establishment of the Faith Reformed Church in the Kingsville area came as a felt need among the new wave of Dutch immigrants to the area in the early 1950’s. When the Second World War was over in Europe, many people decided for various reasons that they wanted to come to Canada. In little pockets all over the country, these immigrants wanted their own churches in their own language and with their own familiar customs. They were given that opportunity when they became member churches of the RCA.
For more of the history of the RCA, see www.rca.org.