Peoria Christian Reformed Church

Our Values

OUR PURPOSE

The purpose of the Peoria Christian Reformed Church is to glorify God through worship, education, fellowship, and witness.

We worship God by meeting with one another on Sundays to hear God's Word, talk to him in prayer, and praise him through music. During the rest of the week we want our lives to show our faith.

We educate one another by Church School for all ages; Cadets for boys; GEMS for girls; Youth Group; and Bible study societies. We also help each other with Christian School education.

We promote Christian fellowship by praying for one another, taking time for each other, participating in fellowship opportunities, and caring for one another in time of need.

We are here to witness by being friends with others and helping them understand the central message of the Bible, which is that Jesus Christ came into the world to make us right with God.

PEORIA CRC's VALUES 

1. We seek to glorify God and follow His leading.
 - holding to our purpose: to glorify God through worship, education, fellowship, and witness
 - prayer, both corporately and personally

2. We are a Christian church in the CRC tradition.
 - faithful to the Scriptures as God’s Word
 - adhering to the Reformed confessions

3. Our worship services are conducted well and in a dignified manner.
 - Biblically faithful preaching
 - worship that is well planned
 - excellent music with congregational singing
 - variety of instrumentation, with the organ as the primary instrument
 - incorporating a variety of music and songs that praise and glorify a holy and righteous God
 - lay participation, especially the youth

4. We provide education and opportunities for spiritual growth for all ages.
 - quality church school, learning the truths of Scripture as reflected in the Reformed confessions
 - in-depth studies for adults
 - small groups among adults
 - spiritual retreats for all groups
 - support for Christian day school

5. We reach out to our neighbors for their benefit.
 - helping with benevolent needs
 - bringing the gospel to those living in Peoria community and to members’ neighbors
 - enhancing community connectedness
 - all church ministries more welcoming and accommodating to newcomers
 - pastoral care to regular visitors and those in the community who are unchurched
 - members regularly go on service and mission trips
 - financial support to classical and denominational ministries and missions

6. We care for each other in structured and informal ways.
 - visiting, especially those going through difficulties
 - pastoral care through the council
 - times of fellowship

7. Our organization and structure support ministries of the church.
 - committees to carry out ministries
 - youth encouraged to participate
 - adequate, quality and safe facilities
 - council supervising the church’s life and ministries
 - training for members to lead and serve
 - regular evaluation of the church’s life and planning for the future
 - financial giving, which is discreet and informed

 THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT

There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.

God the Father is the creator, sustainer and provider of all life.

God the Son is Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin, did miracles, redeemed us by his substitutionary and atoning death, was raised bodily from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will personally return to earth in power and glory.

God the Holy Spirit is personal, and he performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever, and indwells believers, enabling them to live a godly life. All people are created in the image of God, but because of sin they are alienated from God. By accepting God's gift of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, people are made right with God.

The saved and the lost will be raised from the dead -- those who are saved unto eternal life, and those who are lost unto eternal damnation.

All believers are united in our Lord Jesus Christ and his church.

OUR CONFESSIONS