We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life. We afﬁrm three ancient Christian creeds—the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed—as ecumenical expressions of the Christian faith. Simply put, this means members of The Table affirm words like those from the Apostles' Creed, which Christians throughout history have embraced:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will 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. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
We also afﬁrm three confessions from the time of the Reformation (the 1500s to 1600s)—the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort—as historic Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, whose doctrines fully agree with the Word of God. This means we read Scripture in light of the events and theology that emerged during the Protestant Reformation.
Along with these historic creeds and confessions, we recognize the following Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, adopted by the Christian Reformed Church synod as contemporary testimonies: the call for unity, justice, and reconciliation of the Belhar Confession and the witness of Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony.
To learn more about our beliefs, check out the Our Faith page from the Christian Reformed Church.