On a denominational scale, we are a Christian Reformed Church (CRC), part of the CRCNA. As a denomination, our mission is as follows:
We gather to praise God, listen to him, and respond. We nurture each other in faith and obedience to Christ. We love and care for one another as God's people. We commit ourselves to serve and to tell others about Jesus. We pursue God's justice and peace in every area of life.
Reformed Christians are a small part of a much larger body of believers who love and serve Jesus Christ. Reformed teachings are shared by denominations other than the Christian Reformed Church. What’s different is the emphasis that we might place on them.
We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life.
We affirm three creeds—the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed—as ecumenical expressions of the Christian faith. We also affirm three confessions—the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort—as historic Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, whose doctrines fully agree with the Word of God.
Along with these historic creeds and confessions, we recognize the following Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, adopted as contemporary testimonies: the call for unity, justice, and reconciliation of the Belhar Confession and the witness of Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony.
On the local level, Oak Harbor Christian Reformed Church's mission and values all come from what the Bible has to say about the Kingdom of God. Our mission in action reveals God to the world, and shows us the work, sweat, and tears of Jesus. To love and serve his good world following his example of denying ourselves and picking up our cross. We believe the church is called to actions of redeemed image-bearing humans done for the sake of the gospel. We believe our mission will reveal who Jesus is to ourselves and others. And in knowing Jesus, we will know how to do church properly. The Bible teaches us that what makes churches work is an intimate understanding of their kingdom priorities.
God’s kingdom grows and expands in response to how its priests share the good news of its light to the nations. We grow as a body, we grow as individual believers, we grow as a church- when we ourselves walk in the cruciform light of the kingdom of God. So we value:
- every human being as made in the image of God
- community as a reflection of the unity of the triune God; we value the diversity of God's family as an expression of God's image in human beings
- scripture as a faithful revelation of God and his heart for our world
- interpretation of scripture that is consistent with the message of the good news of God's Kingdom
- faithfulness to our call as a priests, shining the kingdom light of cruciformity in our actions and decisions
- feeding the hungry and thirsty, sheltering the homeless, visiting the prisoner, protecting and advocating for the helpless, leadership through service
- the fruit of the spirit as the evidence of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers
- the love of God as his hope for the world and living out this love in sacrificial service for it and one another without conditions or restrictions
- the continuing work of the Holy Spirit both in the individual believer and in the Church- ecclesia semper reformanda est - the church is always reforming.