Scripture, as God’s written word, serves as our sole infallible rule of faith and practice. We also have standards, subordinate to Scripture, which present our beliefs in greater detail. At ordination, church leaders vow to uphold the doctrine of our subordinate standards “under the continual illumination and correction of the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scriptures”. These are the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Declaration of Faith Concerning Church and Nation and Living Faith. Also, as a part of the broader Reformed tradition we recognize the Second Helvetic Confession, Belgic Confession, Gallican Confession, and Heidelburg Catechism as parallel secondary standards.Church membership requires faith in Jesus Christ in accordance with the Apostles’ Creed.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
Note: The creed’s use of the word “catholic” (from the Greek καθολικός/katholikos) means “according to the whole” and does not refer to any one branch or denomination but to the entire global Christian Church.