Who We Are
Northland Reformed Church is a member church of the Reformed Church of the United States. We exist to worship the Triune God, grow with each other in grace, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke of this in the Gospel of John 4 when he said that "God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" — that is with a spirit of reverence and respect.
Please take a moment to watch the short video below for more information about us.
The Bible is Our Primary Standard and Final Authority
We are a church that believes in the Bible, studies the Bible, preaches and teaches the Bible, and seeks to obey the Bible. The Bible is central to all that we are and do. In it God speaks to us today concerning every area of life and thought. In a day when biblical authority is undermined or neglected in many churches, we seek to be faithful to the Word of God. We place our trust and faith in Christ alone: in his person, work, and Word. The Bible and it alone, as the Word of Christ, is our final standard for all that we believe and do. It is inspired of God and therefore the absolute authority as truth; inerrant and infallible in all matters, including history and science. The whole counsel of God in Scripture is our standard in every area of life and thought. We affirm that the Bible is the Written Word of God.
Subordinate Standards - Creeds and Confessions
We believe what faithful Christians have always believed. These beliefs are not secret or hidden or private, but clearly stated and openly taught. They proclaim the living faith of historic Christianity. They include the Apostles and Nicene Creeds of the early Church, and the creedal statements known as the Three Forms of Unity (consisting of the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort). These three statements were formulated by leaders of the protestant reformation between 1560 and 1619 and have been adopted by faithful churches ever since as the standard or measure of "the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). Before our pastor, elders and deacons can be ordained to serve in office, they must believe these creedal statements fully agree with the Word of God and promise to uphold and teach them accordingly. We believe they accurately summarize the truth of God's unchanging Word, the Holy Scriptures.
After Christ ascended (Acts 1:9-11), He gave officers to oversee the spiritual welfare of His Church. The Apostle Paul describes this in Ephesians 4:11-13a, "And He Himself gave some to be Apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God...." Our pastor, Randy Klynsma, labors under the oversight of the consistory and denomination to which we belong (see Reformed Church in the United States website). We believe faithful Churches will reflect the order and structure of the New Testament. We are to be creedal and confessional which shows we understand God's Word and believe what the Christian Church has always believed. The Christian Faith isn't ambiguous or confusing. It is defined and clear--understandable. It is "the faith once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). We subscribe to the Ecumenical Creeds of the Early Church (Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian) as well as the summaries of the Faith written during the Protestant Reformation (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort). They are still TRUE and ACCURATE because they summarize the unchanging TRUTH of the Holy Bible.
Children are a vital part of the church as they are the next generation who will be tasked with proclaiming the life-giving Word of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, we take our responsibility to partner with parents in training them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. To that end, we have Sunday school classes for children age three through high school. Additionally, we offer classes on Christian doctrine, church history and the creeds and confessions of the church weekly throughout the school year.
Men & Women's Study Groups
At Northland Reformed, our passion is the Word of God, for it alone has the power to change lives. Therefore we make it a priority to offer regular study groups as opportunities for fellow Christians to gather together and grow in both their knowledge of the Word and fellowship with others in the body of Christ.
In response to requests from inmates in the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) in Ft. Leavenworth, KS and Crossroad Correctional Center in Cameron, MO for Reformed teaching and preaching, we lead services at both of these institutions. We often minister to groups of 20-30 men. A normal "service" consists a Psalm selection as a Call to Worship, a Heidelberg Catechism reading (instruction), and a expositional Sermon (preaching). We have been encouraged by the receptiveness of the men to the foundational teachings of God's Word. The USDB Motto is really the goal and hope we have in ministering to these men: "Our Mission... Your Future." The Scriptures give us two directives with regard to those in prison: Remember them and visit them. May the Lord continue to bless this work.
Northland Reformed Church is a member congregation of the Reformed Church in the United States (founded in 1748). Our history goes back to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth-century. The Reformers summarized the teachings of Scripture in several historic confessions that came to be known as The Three Forms of Unity: the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), the Belgic Confession (1561) and the Canons of Dort (1619). Along with the Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds (of the early church) we embrace them as our own. We believe they accurately summarize the teachings of God’s unchanging word, the Holy Bible.