Who We Are
The Bible Teaches Us That All People Are Born Lost From A Personal Relationship With God.
However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
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Crete Church Believes
It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.
Creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other.
All people are created in God’s image and matter deeply to Him. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people and invites them to live in communion with Himself and in community with each other.
The second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. He will return to consummate history and fulfill the eternal plan of God.
The one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.
The third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also dwells in all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.
For worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission — reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.
Crete Church was established in the mid-1960’s by families in the Crete/Beecher area. They were eager to plant a church with Reformed/Presbyterian beliefs in this area since there were no other churches of this type at the time.
The church eventually began meeting in a Crete-Monee school and built its first church building between the First United Bank and the school on Exchange Street. The church continued to grow until they exceeded the building’s capacity in the late 1980’s.
The church leaders had a vision to re-plant and expand the church to reach more people with the good news of Jesus. This vision became a reality in the early 1990’s when the original building was sold and land was obtained across from Walt’s Foods. On the new site, near Expressway 394, construction began of a much larger facility. During the two-year construction period, Crete Church occupied space in Village Woods, a retirement center located a few miles south on the expressway.
On June 5, 1994, the church family held their first worship service in the new facility. Since then, God blessed the church in growing the body of Christ with many families, individuals, and new ministries.
In early 2009 the church was central in starting The Edge, a Christian coffee house and roasting company in downtown Crete. Their mission is to serve the community in a non-threatening way while sharing the Gospel.
We believe the Church is not a building. The biblical church consists of a multi-generational and multi-ethnic people who are growing together and reaching out to others who need the love and life Jesus Christ offers.
Summary of Our Beliefs
Crete Church abides by the Westminster standards.
The following PDF documents contain the Confession and Catechisms with full Scripture proofs (several are quite large; please wait for them to load):
Title Page, Table of Contents, and Preface
Westminster Confession of Faith with Scripture Proofs (658K)
Larger Catechism with Scripture Proofs, Part 1 (questions 1-115) (418K)
Larger Catechism with Scripture Proofs, Part 2 (questions 116-196) (379K)
Shorter Catechism with Scripture Proofs