FIRST REFORMED CHURCH | Sheldon, IA

Building God's Kingdom One Life At A Time

What We Believe

First Reformed Church is one of more than nine hundred congregations in the Reformed Church in America (RCA). We have ministered in our own country and in missionary programs throughout the world since 1628. This gives us the distinction of being the oldest Protestant denomination on the North American continent.

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and it is to be our only rule of faith and practice. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He is God the Son. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity and it is through His power that each of us is equipped to live the Christian life.

We acknowledge that God has encouraged us to participate with Him in equipping His people. We pray that First Reformed is a place where that is taking place. Whether it be through worship or our various programs, we pray that we are a family who is BECOMING what God would want us to be.

Core Values:

  1. CHRIST CENTERED:  We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Savior and serve Him as Lord!  (John 14:6; II Corinthians 4:5)
  2. THE WORD OF GOD:  We proclaim and live according to the Word of God, the final authority for truth and life!  (Joshua 1:8; II Timothy 3:16-17)
  3. HOLY SPIRIT LED:  We are dependent upon and therefore seek the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit to fulfill Christ's mission.  (Acts 1:4-5, 8; John 14:26; Acts 13:1-3 & 16:6)
  4. TRANSFORMATION:  We are a people being transformed by Jesus Christ so that we will transform our community and the world.  (Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 3:18; II Corinthians 5:17)
  5. REACHING OUT:  Through relevant word and action, we shall extend God's love and grace to all.  (Matthew 5:43-46; John 13:34-35; Ephesians 4:32; Romans 6:1-2, 12-14)
  6. UNITY:  We shall always strive for unity and peace within the Body of Christ.  (John 17:23; I Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:3)

Mission Statement:

BUILDING GOD'S KINGDOM ONE LIFE AT A TIME:  The First Reformed Church family is committed to providing a caring environment to worship God and uphold his word.  We strive to equip ourselves and others to grow in Christ through the Holy Spirit while spreading the Good News of eternal life.