12th Avenue Church is a congregation that belongs to the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Our church calls itself Christian because it forms one small part of Christ's church on earth. It recognizes as fellow Christians all people who accept the teachings of the Bible as they are summarized so beautifully in the Apostles' Creed.
Together with other Protestant churches our church teaches that
- the Bible is our only reliable guide to what we should believe and how we should conduct our lives (2 Tim. 3:14-17).
- God saves us by grace, by his acts of kindness and love that we do not deserve. Our own efforts cannot rescue us from sin. Only Jesus' sacrifice on the cross can make us right with God (Eph. 2:8-10). The good we do is the result of our salvation, not its cause.
- we can be saved only by faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18).
Our church calls itself Reformed because it stands in the tradition of the Reformed churches. These churches follow the teachings of the sixteenth-century church reformer John Calvin. Calvin struggled valiantly to return Christianity back to its biblical roots. CRC teachings are closely akin to Presbyterian and other Reformed churches.
Our church shares three creeds in common with most other Christian churches:
The Apostles' Creed
The Nicene Creed
The Athanasian Creed
Our church shares three confessions with other churches of the Reformed faith:
The Heidelberg Catechism
The Belgic Confession
The Canons of Dort
Our church also has a Contemporary Testimony called Our World Belongs to God which focuses on our faith and practice in the 21st century.