We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life. We affirm three creeds—the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed—as ecumenical expressions of the Christian faith. We also affirm three confessions—the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort—as historic Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, whose doctrines fully agree with the Word of God.

Along with these historic creeds and confessions, we recognize the following Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, adopted by synod as contemporary testimonies: the call for unity, justice, and reconciliation of the Belhar Confession and the witness of Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony. To learn more about our beliefs, explore the sections below.

Doctrinal Standards:

   The Christian Reformed Church subscribes to the following confessions:

          The Belgic Confession

          The Canons of Dort

          The Heidelberg Catechism

Ecumenical Creeds:

   The Christian Reformed Church subscribes to the following three creeds:

          The Apostles' Creed

          The Athanasian Creed

          The Nicene Creed

For more information, please visit our denominational home page here.