Voyage Church is an organized congregation within the Reformed Church in America (RCA). Our affiliation with the RCA, as well as the beliefs of our leadership, have helped us define our core beliefs.
We believe in a Triune God who exists in three equally divine persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is "eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, unchangeable, infinite, almighty, completely wise, just and good." (Belgic Confession, Article 1). We believe in a sovereign God who is the creator of all things visible and invisible, who sustains and rules over creation in an active relationship of love.
We believe that God has revealed Himself to us through the beauty of creation and through Scripture. Creation shows us God as creator, but creation alone is not sufficient to know God as Redeemer. The Bible is God's self-revelation, revealing Jesus Christ, who is the "image of the invisible God." (Colossians 1:15).
Human beings started out able to follow God's will perfectly as we were created in His image. However, we chose to turn away from God in an act of disobedience. Original sin is the belief that since the fall of humanity into sin, all humans have inherited a sinful nature. We believe in total depravity - that because of the fall, human nature is deeply corrupted by sin.
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. Through the sinless life and perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are able to have the gift of salvation. We believe that we are justified by faith, not by anything we have done. We believe the words of Jesus Christ that "no one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me." (John 6:44). God gives us the faith to accept salvation as an act of undeserved grace, without any consideration of the things we have done.
The church is Christ's body on earth. Scripture calls the church "the body of Christ" and calls Christ as the head of the church. We believe that the marks of the true church are the proclamation of the Gospel, the administration of the sacraments, and the practice of church discipline. The church is called to embody the gospel of Jesus Christ both in word and in deed.
God has secured redemption through Jesus Christ, however we have yet to experience its fullness. We look forward to the day that God will bring about the ultimate restoration of all things. As believers we are united to Christ, both in his death and his resurrection. We believe that we will be raised to new life in body and in spirit.