1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
2. And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord;
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary;
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell;
5. The third day He rose again from the dead;
6. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
7. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit.
9. I believe a holy catholic Church, the communion of saints;
10. The forgiveness of sins;
11. The resurrection of the body;
12. And the life everlasting. AMEN.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. AMEN.
(1) Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith; (2) Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. (3) And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; (4) Neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance. (5) For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son and another of the Holy Spirit. (6) But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal. (7) Such as the Father is, such is the Son and such is the Holy Spirit. (8) The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Spirit uncreate. (9) The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible. (10) The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. (11) And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal. (12) As also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensibles, but one uncreated and one incomprehensible. (13) So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty; (14) And yet they are not three almighties, but one almighty. (15) So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; (16) And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. (17) So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord; (18) And yet they are not three Lords, but one Lord. (19) For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every person by himself to be God and Lord; (20) so are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say: There are three Gods or three Lords. (21) The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten. (22) The Son is of the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten. (23) The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. (24) So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits. (25) And in this Trinity none is afore, nor after another; none is greater, or less than another. (26) But the whole three persons are co-eternal, and co-equal. (27) So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped. (28) He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
(29) Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. (30) For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man. (31) God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man of the substance of His mother, born in the world. (32) Perfect God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. (33) Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood. (34) Who, although He is God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ. (35) One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the manhood into God. (36) One altogether, not by the confusion of substance, but by unity of person. (37) For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ; (38) Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead; (39) He ascended into heaven, He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty; (40) From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. (41) At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies; (42) And shall give account of their own works. (43) And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire. (44) This is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.
Born into a loving Christian home, it was my deep privilege to know Christ as my Saviour from my early youth. The faith God planted in my heart was nurtured by His Word and Spirit in a faithful, God-honoring home and church. In the words of the Psalmist, I received a goodly heritage! The sense of His nearness and sovereign control held me through some early struggles with covenant theology and baptism. After graduating in Classical Studies at York University in Toronto, I traveled a diverse path of theological preparation which began at Toronto Baptist seminary, a school solidly committed to the doctrines of grace. The counsel of godly men such as the late Rev. Harry VanDyken brought a renewed and strengthened appreciation of the theology of covenant. Under the auspices of a newly created Pastoral Training program in the Orthodox Christian Reformed Churches, I enjoyed the privilege of studying under the tutelage of a number of ministers, while enrolling in additional courses at T.B.S., at the Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches, and at Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Orange City Iowa.
During my theological studies, my life became immeasurably enriched with the love of my wife Christine. We were married in 1988 and then the Lord called us to serve His church in Lynden, Washington, where He planted a small, but vibrant, church. We were blessed there for 7 and a half years as the church grew and multiplied. The first three of the five "arrows" the Lord has given us (Psalm 127:4) were born there. In 1996 the Lord called us to Nobleton, Ontario, where we have been deeply privileged to be part of serving and building His congregation. As we continue serving our Saviour here today, and as we look to the future ahead, our hearts and hopes are stirred by the words of Jeremiah,
"Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!" The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him! (Lamentations 3:22-25)
The following is a list of the various programs that we host. You are invited to come and join our events. Please see the Event Calendar for times and locations of these programs.
We are currently studying Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. Lessons are voluntarily led by members of the church. All men are welcome to come and join in the meaningful and fulfilling discussions that occur at these meetings as we strive to ever increase our faith and knowledge of our Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords.
Meets every other Wednesday at 7:30pm at the church
We are currently studying Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. Lessons are voluntarily led by women of the church. All women are welcome to come and join in the meaningful and fulfilling discussions that occur at these meetings as we strive to ever increase our faith and knowledge of our Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords.
Meets every other Wednesday at 7:30pm at the church
Adult Bible Study meets the second Sunday of each month following the 4:00pm service at the homes of voluntary members. The official start time is 7:30pm, but a potluck dinner precedes the Bible Study for any who wishes to spend additional time fellowshipping prior to the start of the lesson.
Young Peoples meets every Sunday evening and alternates between Bible Study and Coffeehouse at the homes of congregational members or at the church building. Young Peoples is open to young adults ages 16+. During the summer months, Young Peoples meet every Wednesday night at 7:00pm for volleyball, location to be announced.
Cadets is comprised of boys aged 9 - 15 years and meets every other Friday evening from 7pm - 9pm at the church, September - May.
The Cadets are affiliated with the Calvinist Cadet Corps and are divided into two cadres, the Hawks and the Eagles. Opening exercises are done together after which we break into our separate cadres for Bible study.
Kingdom Seekers is comprised of girls aged 9 - 15 years and meets every other Friday evening from 7pm - 9pm at the church, September - May.
Every season a badge is completed as a group, and the girls are encouraged to work on earning additional ones in their spare time. In addition to the Bible Study and badge work, a craft or some other other type of activity (bowling, tobogganing, mini golf, etc.) is organized for each meeting.
Our theme is "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)
Meets every Tuesday morning 9:30 to 11 a.m. from September to May.