About First Reformed Church
What We Believe
Since the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, man has been plunged into sin and misery. Adam’s actual guilt was put on our account before the judgment throne of God (Romans 5:12). For this reason, men and women are born guilty already, and continue to sin with both hands earnestly (Psalm 51:5). Men and women are now without hope, willing slaves of sin, and subject to death (Ephesians 2:12).
God cannot be unjust (Nahum 1:3). The soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:4). And yet, God is also merciful Psalm 103:8). Because of His mercy, God has appointed a substitute for man: our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. God’s eternal, only-begotten Son became flesh in the womb of the virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:20-21). He suffered under Pontius Pilate, the Roman judge appointed by God to declare Jesus innocent and deliver Him to be crucified. This happened exactly as God had determined before He had even created the world (Acts 2:23). While on the cross, Jesus suffered the full weight of God’s judgment against sin (1 John 2:2). He truly died and was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea (Matthew 27:57-58).
On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead, testifying to us all that He truly was a righteous man and His sacrifice for sin was accepted by God (Romans 4:25). Since He was obedient, even to the cross, God highly exalted Him (Philippians 2:5-11). He ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of God, reigning over all things until the final day when He will come again – but the next time it will be to judge the living and the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-25).
We confess and acknowledge freely that these things are true, for they have been revealed to us on the pages of Holy Scripture, which we confess to be the very words of God, who cannot lie (Hebrews 6:17-19). Since God cannot lie, we hold His words as given to us in the Bible to be infallible and inerrant, sufficient for all things necessary for faith and life (2 Tim. 3:15-17).
When Jesus entered into heaven and sat on the throne of God’s power, He poured out His Holy Spirit upon His Church, opening the eyes of His people and drawing them by His power to repentance and faith (Acts 2). The Holy Spirit will never be taken from the Church, but continually works in our hearts making us more and more like our Savior, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:10). He continually assures us of eternal life and makes us heartily willing and ready from now on to offer our lives as sacrifices of thanksgiving to God (Romans 12:1-2).
And thus God is our only savior, loving and entering into fellowship with His people in such a way that His justice is not violated (for Jesus paid the penalty completely) and His mercy is not violated (for He is merciful and loving to wretched sinners), as the Scripture says,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Therefore we confess and believe that we worship One True God, who exists eternally in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Father is the creator and sustainer of the earth. He is also the source of every good thing. We believe that the Son is the eternally begotten Son of the Father – our only Prophet, who teaches us the will of the Father concerning our salvation; our only High Priest, who offered Himself as the perfect Lamb of God for the sins of His people; and our eternal King, who gathers, defends and preserves for Himself a people. We believe that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, and testifies of the Son, bringing new life and new birth to the Church of God, the Bride of Jesus Christ, giving us a new nature. Where we were once in slavery to sin and misery, we are now set free by the power of God (Ephesians 1) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
We believe that Jesus Christ, through the public preaching of the word of God, is commanding all men everywhere to repent and believe this good news (Acts 17:30): that their sins are forgiven and that the righteousness of Jesus Christ is put on their account as if they had never had nor committed any sin, if only they accept such benefit with a believing heart (Romans 3:21-25; John 3:16-18).
We hold without reservation to the historic creeds of the Church: the Apostles' Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the Nicene Creed. We further hold without reservation to the confessions of the Reformation: the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt.
We invite all who are weary, abandoned, abused and suffering to join with us and learn the joy of sins forgiven. We urge all who are burdened by the weight of sin to come to the cross of Christ and know the freedom of the Gospel. We invite all who have been driven from the fold of God by false shepherds and wolves to once again come to the fold and find rest.
Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mat 11:28-30).
About First Reformed Church
First Reformed Church, Yuba City, is a confessional, Reformed congregation of the RCUS (Reformed Church of the United States).