GGrace is a beautiful word that captures God’s heart for us, His people made in His image. Philip Yancey calls grace “’the last best word’ because every English usage . . . retains some of the glory of the original. Like a vast aquifer, the word underlies our proud civilization, reminding us that good things come not from our own efforts, rather by the grace of God.”[1] We are born because of God’s grace. Our lives are sustained through God’s gracious provision. And when we die, it is God’s grace through Jesus Christ that carries us into eternal life. The word ‘grace’ eloquently reminds us of what God has done, is doing and will do for us. And the word grace teaches us how to live in response to God’s grace.

[1] Yancey, Philip, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997, p 12.

CChristian fundamentally means that we are in Christ and Christ is in us.

We belong to Jesus Christ and we want to be his followers. We don’t stand alone, but recognize our unity with Christians throughout the ages. As such, Grace Christian Reformed Church subscribes to the historic Christian faith. We hold the Bible to be the Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and practice and our ultimate point of reference (Hebrews 4:12). From the bible we know that Jesus Christ alone is to be trusted for salvation. There is no salvation outside Christ (Acts 4:12). This salvation is by grace alone which is received through faith, and not by good merit or good deeds (Ephesians 2:8-9). As recipients of such amazing grace we seek to glorify our Triune God alone. We believe that ultimately all things must work together to bring glory to God alone (Jude 25).

RReformed naturally means, formed again. Historically this brings us back to the time of the protestant reformation when theologians like Martin Luther, and John Calvin saw a need for the church to re-form. Some of the fundamental “Christian” beliefs were not being practiced by the church of the time. Men like Martin Luther and John Calvin saw the need for the church to form again on the foundations of what it means be a Christian. They came up with five pillars: Scripture alone, Christ alone, Grace alone, Faith alone, and Glory to God Alone, and these statements have helped us understand how to live as Christians in our world today.

To be reformed is much more than connecting with a period in history, to be a reformed Christian is to have a certain perspective on life. CRC North America: Beliefs

CChurch can mean many different things to many different people. While church often refers to organizations, institutions or buildings, we believe that the word church refers to groups of people who have committed themselves to follow Christ.  In New Testament Greek the word is ‘ekklesia’ which comes from two words ‘ek’ meaning ‘out’ and ‘kaleo’ meaning to ‘call.’ So a literal translation of the word is ‘the called out ones.” Therefore, the church is a gathering of people who have been “called out” to follow Christ.

In article 29 of The Belgic Confession, the church is defined with these words — “The true church can be recognized if it has the following marks: The church engages in pure preaching of the gospel; it makes use of the pure administration of the sacraments as Christ instituted them; it practices church disciple for correcting faults. In short, it governs itself according to the pure Word of God, rejecting all things contrary to it and holding Jesus Christ as the only Head. By these marks on can be assured of recognizing the true church – and no one ought to be separated from it.”

Leadership

Mike Vandyk

Mike Vandyk

Pastor
905-714-4230

Deacons

  • Pauline Bennink
  • Coreen Steen
  • Hilda Vanlochem
  • Linden Nieuwold
  • Linda Rynberk
  • Wendy Langenberg

In addition to our staff, our church is led by a board of elders and deacons who take spiritual responsibility for the community, and inspire faithful stewardship in the community.

Elders

  • Richard Saari
  • George Sportel
  • Ryan Boverhof
  • Mike Huizinga
  • John VanDenBoogaard
  • Peter Vedder
  • Marten Zwier
  • Jake Krikke

Heather Snippe

Secretary
905-732-9942

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