Our core values and what we believe

Our Congregational Core Values are that we:


Confess our Faith that Jesus is Lord;

Nurture our Faith through life-long learning;

Reflect our Faith through worship and witness

Carry Out our Faith believing that everyone is called to honor God and serve others.


These are the four stakes that secure our identity as the Colts Neck Reformed Church. We are foundationally Trinitarian, meaning that we understand God as revealed through scripture as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


The "Reformed" in our name means that we are Christians who are reformed, or remolded, reshaped by the Word of God, the Bible.


Life is a challenge. As members of the Colts Neck Reformed Church, we do our best to be a caring, accepting, and helpful group of people. We think it's important to provide meaningful worship, supportive relationships, and a solid program of Christian education. We think preaching must be biblical, relevant and practical. We strive to build strong youth ministries and a community of people who support each other when the going gets tough. We strive to keep a balance between local autonomy and denominational services, between clergy and lay people, between individualism and structure.


As the Colts Neck Reformed Church, we proclaim the Bible as God's Word for our time, the only reliable guide for our convictions and our lifestyle. We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of those who believe in him. We believe the historic Christian faith as stated in the Apostles' Creed. We regard the Heidelberg Catechism, a sixteenth-century statement of faith, as an excellent tool for understanding the Christian faith and acknowledge the particularly important role it has played in our Reformed Church history.

Reaching out

Believing that God loves the world (John 3:16), believing that Jesus has commissioned us to go into all the world and to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), and believing that a reconciling God has entrusted us with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18), we, who belong to the Colts Neck Reformed Church reach out for Christ to our neighbors down the street, to our neighbors across town, to our neighbors across the continent, to our neighbors around the world.


We reach out to share the love of God; to share the good news of Jesus Christ; to share the transforming power of the Holy Spirit; to share the healing touch of the Master; to share God's good gifts of food and water; to share God's vision of justice and peace.


As we reach out, we also receive. We learn as well as teach, we are inspired as well as being called to inspire others; we are encouraged in addition to helping those who need support; we are blessed as we fulfill our mandate to be a blessing to others.


  • We reach out in love, for love is the summary and the spirit of all that God requires. (Matthew 22:35-40)
  • We reach out in unity, thankful for our partnership in the gospel, both here and around the world. (Philippians 1:5)
  • We reach out in faith, confident that the God of the seed-time will bring about an abundant harvest. (Luke 8:8)
  • We reach out in humility, for we are a servant people following the example of a servant Lord. (Philippians 2:3-8)
  • We reach out in hope, for we look to the day when people will come from the east and west, and from the north and south, and will sit at the banquet of God. (Luke 13:29)

Summary

We in the Colts Neck Reformed Church proclaim the Bible as God's Word for our time, the only reliable guide for our convictions and our lifestyle. We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of those who believe in him. We believe the historic Christian faith as stated in the Apostles' Creed. We regard the Heidelberg Catechism, a sixteenth-century statement of faith, as an excellent tool for understanding the Christian faith and acknowledge the particularly important role it has played in our Reformed church history.