These beliefs are at the heart of all we say and do at The Spotswood Reformed Church.
We've included references from the Bible if you would like to study the Biblical basis for these beliefs.
I. We believe in the historic Christian faith, reflected in these statements:
We believe that God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good, knowing all things, having all power and majesty. God exists as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God passionately desires relationship with us and towards this end continually invites us into a relationship of faith, friendship, learning, and service.
We believe that God expressed himself in human form through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of us all, was buried, rose again from the dead, and ascended to heaven.
Colossians 1:13-23 and Colossians 2:8-14
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
About the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit, sent from God to live inside all who believe in Jesus Christ, teaches, comforts, and empowers us, giving each follower diverse gifts, fostering unity, interdependence, productivity, Christ-like character, and love.
Romans 5:5 and Romans 8
1 Corinthians 12-14
Ephesians 3:16, Ephesians 4:3-4, and Ephesians 5:18
John 14:26 and John 16:7-14
About the Bible:
We believe that God speaks to us in the Bible, and that it is our privilege to seek to understand God's message and apply it responsibly to our lives. The Bible is our standard in all we say and do. God's unchangeable Biblical message ought to be presented in relevant and contemporary ways, free of religious jargon and understandable to the people of our community.
2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 3:14-17
2 Peter 1:16-21 and 2 Peter 3:14-18
Psalm 19:7-11 and Psalm 119:9-16
We believe that all people are created with dignity and value in the image of God, to live in a vital relationship with God. However, through our sin (failing to live by God's moral standards), we break our intended relationship with God and we experience the destructive consequences of that broken relationship, spiritually and socially, in this life and beyond. However, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from those consequences and to restore our broken relationships with God and others, through Christ's death on the cross, a perfect act of redemption for each of us. Salvation comes to people on the basis of God's grace. They receive the free gift of forgiveness through repenting* of their sin and believing in Jesus Christ. Good works and a holy life, although totally unable to save anyone since salvation is a gift, are the natural product of repentant*, believing people. (*Repentance literally means a change in direction, a turning around.)
I Peter 2:24, 3:18
Romans 3:9-28, Romans 6:23, and Romans 10:9-10
John 3:16 and John 5:24
II. We believe in responsible stewardship of all our gifts: time, abilities and money.
We encourage people to handle their finances discreetly, honorably, and responsibly, and to practice regular and generous giving of not just their money, but of the time and the talents God has also given them.
Matthew 6:19-21, 24, 33
1 Corinthians 9:7-14, 16:1-2
3 John 5-8
2 Corinthians 9:5-12
1 Timothy 5:17-18
III. We believe in community.
We express our strong value of community by seeking to reach out and connect with a diversity of people. We want to be personal and caring in a world that is increasingly fragmented and impersonal. We are not afraid to be vulnerable, human, and honest with each other. We believe our spirituality fulfills rather than denies our humanity, and we believe this approach strengthens community.
Galatians 6:1-5, 10
2 Timothy 4:1-5
IV. We believe in unity among Christians.
We recognize diversity among Christians in nonessential areas. We do not press for uniformity in these areas, but rather encourage people to search the Scriptures, seeking balance, mutual understanding, humility and love. Additionally, we seek to respect one another's differences without a quarrelsome, arrogant or divisive spirit, and to return continually to the great commandment, to love God and one another.