First Reformed Church exists in order to set people free to:
Listen to the Spirit.
We expect the Holy Spirit to lead us in concrete ways that will transform both us and the world. (Acts 10; John 14:15-31)
How do we listen to the Spirit?
- Learning and practicing lives of prayer. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)
- Reading and studying the Holy Bible personally and together. (Heb. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16)
- Discerning and sharing in God's reconciling activity in the world. (2 Cor. 5:18; Col. 1:20; Rom 12:2)
Follow the Son.
Growing in the knowledge that Jesus is who He says that He is, that we are who He says that we are, that we can become who He says we can become, and living a life that reflects those beliefs. (Eph. 3:14-19; John 10:27-30)
How do we follow the Son?
- Growing in the fruit of the Spirit by walking in step with the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-25)
- Defending and providing for those who can't defend or provide for themselves. (Micah 5:8; Luke 4:18-21)
- Offering mercy, grace and forgiveness to all people just as God offers it to us. (Luke 6:37; Eph. 4:32)
- Being and making disciples who serve God with our whole hearts, souls, minds and strength. (Deut. 6:4-9; Matt. 22:36-40; 28:18-20)
- Living in unity as the Body of Christ. (Eph. 2:11-22; 4:1-3)
Exalt the Father.
We serve an almighty, holy and loving God and, as thankful children, we strive to glorify him in everything we do. (Romans 11:36; 12:11; Eph. 3:20-21; 1 Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Revelation 4:11)
How do we exalt the Father?
- Celebrating God's holiness and nearness through corporate and private worship. (Luke 19:37-40)
- Offering sacrificially of our time and treasure. (Matt. 22:36-40; Deut. 6:4-9; 1 Pet. 2:5-9)
- Living lives of humility, thankfulness, reverence, joy and service. (Micah 6:8; 1 Thess. 5:16-18)
- Regarding all of life as an act of worship. (Romans 12:1)
Our Vision over the next 3-5 years is to envelop every new person who moves into sioux center and every person who is far from jesus into the life and ministry of First Reformed Church. Furthermore, we are going to expand the reach of the kingdom, locally, regionally, and globally and become a multi-site ministry.
We believe in the transforming power and love of Jesus Christ. We believe that we exist for the sake of the kingdom...beyond ourselves. And we will do whatever it takes to make Christ known.
Missional engagement—to be a Christian is to engage in God’s missional work in the world, that all people may know him and love him. God’s church does not have a mission; God’s mission has a church!
Discipleship—discipleship is the pathway to Jesus Christ, whereby we are taught by him, our lives oriented to him, and our gifts unleashed for him and for the sake of the world.
Worship—God calls all people to our first and truest vocation: to be worshipers and to commit our lives to him in obedience, gratitude, and praise.
As we seek to live into our mission and vision, we will continually ask:
- Does this coincide with Biblical Christianity?
- Will this support intergenerational engagement?
- Are we empowering others to use their God-given gifts?
- Have we and how will we continue to surround this in prayer?
In Regard to AFFIRMATION OF FAITh...
- The Bible is the word of God;
- There is one true and living God who exits in three person: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
- God created all things for His glory;
- Men and women were created in the image of God;
- God alone is the architect and finisher of our salvation;
- The Holy Spirit gives gifts to His children;
- The church consists of all who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation;
- Heaven and hell are real places;
- Jesus Christ will one day return to establish His Kingdom forever.
- For a fuller elaboration on our shared faith, please refer to the following historic creeds and confessions: