Our Beliefs

Above all, our faith is centered in Christ. Every need of ours finds its answer in Jesus Christ.

The final authority in the Reformed faith is Holy Scripture, the living Word of God, spoken to everyone through the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God and makes it real and actual in our lives. This has always been and will always be the authentic wellspring of Reformed faith.

The following confessions and creeds are statements of Reformed beliefs:

Our Song of Hope was approved by the Reformed Church in America's General Synod in 1978 as "a statement of the church's faith for use in its ministry of witness, teaching, and worship."

After several years of study, the 2007 General Synod provisionally adopted the Belhar Confession, which originated with the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa, sending it to the greater church to test over the next two years:

  • In worship through RCA liturgy
  • In teaching through formation and nurture of faith for RCA witness and mission
  • In discernment as a theological foundation for the RCA call "to follow Christ in mission in a lost and broken world"
  • In confessing the themes of unity, reconciliation, and justice by "participating in God's transformation of our lives, our congregations, and the world"

A Belhar Confession Study Center is available online, full of resources to assist congregations in the exploration and use of the Confession.

(taken from the RCA website)