Friendship is an emerging congregation of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. We express the breadth of our faith using the creeds and confessions of the Reformation, meaning our roots are in the 16th century Reformation, and God is not finished with us yet
As followers of Jesus Christ, living in this world— which some seek to control,
and others view with despair—
we declare with joy and trust:
Our world belongs to God!
This world, fallen into the darkness of evil, has lost its created goodness.
Sin is present everywhere— in pride of race, arrogance of nations, abuse of the weak and helpless; disregard for water, air and soil; destruction of living creatures; slavery, murder, terror and war; worship of false gods; the mistreatment of our bodies, and our frantic efforts to escape reality.
Yet God has not turned away from a world bent on its own destruction. God turned to face it in love.
Remembering his promise to reconcile the world to himself, God joined our humanity in Jesus Christ.
Standing in our place, Jesus suffered during his years on earth, especially in the tortures of the cross. He carried God's judgment on sin; his sacrifice removed our guilt. God raised Jesus from death—Lord of Life! We are set right with God, given new life, and called to walk with him in the strength of his Spirit
The Holy Spirit leads us into truth
and helps us to pray,
stands by us in our need
and makes our obedience fresh and vibrant.
Men and women, impelled by the Spirit, go next door and far away into science and art, media and marketplace— every area of life, pointing to Christ Jesus in what they do and say.
As followers of Jesus Christ, living in this world—
we are confident of his return when all creation is made new, when tears are wiped away from every eye, and we dwell forever in the presence of God.