WHAT we believe

Hancock CRC is a Christian Reformed Church. What does that mean?

We are Christian.

This means that we believe in the Triune God of Scripture, that we are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins, and that we have been made new by the power of the Holy Spirit. We join with the worldwide church in holding to the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed as expressions of our faith.

We are Reformed.

This means that we come out of the time of the Reformation, when men such as Martin Luther and John Calvin sought to reform the church, by restoring it to the teachings of the Bible. Among other emphases, Reformed Christians believe that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone. Specifically, our heritage is the Continental Reformed Church in the Netherlands, and we thus hold to the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort as historic Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, whose teachings fully agree with the Word of God.

We are a Church.

This means that we are a local expression of the body of Christ. We gather together every Lord's Day to worship the Triune God together, to sit under the instruction of the Word, and to fellowship with each other.

We belong to a regional body of churches known as Classis Lake Superior, itself a part of the denomination known as the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA).