We warmly welcome you to the web site of the Heritage Reformed Congregation of Burgessville, Ontario.
Out of the Protestant Reformation came the Latin phrase ecclesia semper reformans, semper reformanda, meaning "the church is always reformed and always reforming." We strive, by God's grace, to be such a church.
We bear a clear and distinctive witness to the biblical and Reformed faith as summarized in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt—our official creeds. We hold two worship services each Sunday, various catechism classes as well as mid-week services and mens, ladies and family Bible Studies.
We wholeheartedly invite you to worship and study God's Word with us and that you would be blessed by God in your life and bring glory to His great name. "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!"
"I am my beloved's"
This is a speech of reflection, second in nature, though first in place and in discovery to us. Sometimes we can know our own love, when we feel not so much the love of Christ, but Christ's love must be there first 'I am my beloved's,' 1 John iv 19
How are we Christ's beloved?
1. We are his, first of all, by his Father's gift; for God in his eternal purpose gave him for us, and gives us to him, as it is in the excellent prayer, 'Father, thine they were, and thou gavest them me,' John xvii. 6. I had not them of myself first, but thine they were before all worlds were. Thou gavest them me to redeem them, and my commission doth not extend beyond thy gift. I die for all those that thou gavest me. I sanctify myself for them, that they may be sanctified. So we are Christ's in his Father's gift. But that is not all, though it be the chief, fundamental principal ground of all.
Holding to the Reformed tradition, our faith is centered in Christ. Every need of ours finds its answer in Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, the final authority in the Reformed faith is Holy Scripture, the living Word of God, spoken to everyone through the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit takes this Word and makes it real and actual in our lives. This has always been and will always be the authentic wellspring of Reformed faith.
The following confessions and creeds are statements of our beliefs:
Three historic confessions - the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Confession, and the Canons of Dort.
Three historic creeds - the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.
The Westminster Standards of the 1640s: The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism.