What We Believe About the Bible
The Canadian Reformed Churches accept the Bible as the infallible Word of God and the final authority for life and teachings. By this divine Word, God clearly reveals Himself to us, as far as is necessary for us to know in this life, to His glory and our salvation. The Bible therefore clearly explains to us the way of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Since the Bible is the guide for our daily life, we will now let the Bible speak to you.
Why do we need the Word of God?
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Why do we use the Holy Scriptures?
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
II Timothy 3:16,17
Why were the Scriptures written?
“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
What will God’s Word do in us?
“If you hold on to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31, 32
But who do you say that I am?
For nearly two thousand years the world has puzzled itself over this challenge of Christ. Some may say he was a very good man, one to be imitated. Others feel that his attitude of love and kindness would do much to change the world today. The more religious say that he was a prophet, truly a man sent from God. While all these statements are true in themselves, they do not really satisfy the intent of the question. The question itself was originally asked to the apostle Peter and was intended to evoke a personal response. It was not sufficient that Peter might merely repeat the hearsay of the crowds or wise men when questioned about the identity of Christ.
And so Peter replied “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” (Matt 16:16) This was the answer Christ sought, that he was the Saviour, the promised Messiah. And it had to be an answer that Peter personally believed. It must be the same for each of us.
The question, “But whom do you say I am?” is meant to address each person individually because our eternal destiny depends on our reply. If you have not personally sought out Christ so that you might know the answer and then confessed him as the Son of God and your Saviour, you must not delay.
Please come to our Church and learn of the Christ of God so that you may have the faith that Peter had to confess Christ as the Son of the living God.
Why is the Message of God’s Word So Important?
It explains the way of salvation in Jesus Christ. “And there is salvation under no one else, for there is no other name under heaven among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
What is the Message of the Bible?
The threefold message of the Bible is:
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks for God, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do no be conformed to this world, but he transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:1, 2
Why is “Reformed” Included in Our Name?
The word “reformed” is indeed essential for today. It simply means “back to the original form,” that is the form which God himself intended and revealed in His Word the Bible. The word “Reformed” points to the Word of God as the solid foundation and Jesus Christ as the only Head of the Church. This foundation was again discovered during the years of the great reformation by Martin Luther and John Calvin, among others.