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First CRC Waupun Statement of Faith and Beliefs

First CRC seeks to be a biblically-based, Christ-focused and God-glorifying community of faith for people of all ages and different backgrounds, and various stages of Christian maturity. We are compelled to proclaim in word and in deed, with the church in all times and places, the Good News that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

First CRC Waupun is a congregation of the Christian Reformed Church of North America, a denomination of some 1,000 congregations throughout the United States and Canada

That we are Christian means we are followers of Jesus Christ. We embrace the teachings of the so-called “ecumenical creeds” (the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed) and believe Jesus to be the Son of God – fully human and fully divine. We believe in the Trinity, that God reveals Himself in the Bible as one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Triune God’s salvation work in Jesus, to save His people from their sin, is the central message of the Bible and the central focus of human history.

That we are Reformed means we are rooted in the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth-century, and in the spirit of the reformation, we are continually seeking to be grounded in Scripture and in the faithful teachings of the church throughout the ages. We are committed to three Reformation-era confessions: The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort. What we believe is similar to historic Presbyterian teaching as articulated in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. We seek to live out and apply what we believe in our personal lives, church life, and beyond, in society and the world.

That we are the Church means we believe God has called us out, together with all believers, from darkness to light to be a people who belong to Him and live for Him, and we want to share the Good News of God’s salvation in Jesus with the world, beginning with our congregation and local communities. 

First CRC Waupun’s core beliefs are consistent with the five great truths of the Reformation:

Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone): We believe that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the only authority for faith and life.

Solus Christus (Christ Alone): We believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. He fully paid the penalty for our sins, making atonement for us, with His perfect life and His death on the cross, and nothing we can do can add to the work of Christ for us. He alone is our Savior, Lord and King.

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone): We believe that we can do nothing to make ourselves right with God. We are saved by grace alone, so that only God deserves credit for our salvation. Through his mercy and grace alone we are made right with Him and restored to fellowship with Him and others.

Sola Fide (Faith Alone): We believe that by faith alone we receive the benefits and blessings of Christ’s death. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone. We are called to receive in trust all that he has accomplished for our salvation. Our good works do not earn us salvation; rather, they are a grateful response to our salvation.

Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God Alone): We believe that we now live to bring glory to God. As individuals and together as a church, we seek in all that we do to bring honor to the God who made us, redeemed us, and loves us with an everlasting love.

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