About DRIC

Beliefs

We the church, as followers of Jesus, will love as Jesus loved, teach what Jesus taught, and obey as Jesus obeyed.

Our church exists to be a community that helps each other become more like Jesus in the way we love, teach, and obey, and lives together in a way that proclaims the kingdom of God in Maastricht and draws people in.

Damascus Road values unity and love. Our church is made up of people from many different backgrounds—some grew up in various Christian denominations, some were raised in different religions, and some have no religious experience at all. Everyone who wants to learn about Jesus is welcome in this community. Together, we want to become students, disciples, of Jesus. We hold the creedal basics of the Christian faith in common and respect the many different perspectives that people in this church have on various doctrinal issues. We seek to love and care for each other even when we disagree.

We hold to the Apostles’ Creed, a statement of faith that dates back to the very early church. Christians throughout the centuries have used it to explain and remember our core beliefs.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,the holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 is a statement of the gospel we believe: “Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before… It is this Good News that saves you…I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”

Damascus Road is connected with the VPE, the Dutch Assemblies of God. In accordance with this organization of congregations, we believe that the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit are still working today in the lives of Jesus’ followers, and we believe in the full equality of women and men in the Kingdom of God, with no sex-based limits on opportunities to serve.

What to Expect

Our Sunday meetings start a little after 11:00 in the EuroCenter space in the MECC in Maastricht, Forum 100. Our time together is casual and comfortable–wear jeans if you like. We begin with worshipping God through music. Our band typically includes acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, and keyboard. We pray together for needs in our church and community. We hear stories of what God is doing in our lives. Sermons are usually 25-30 minutes long. Right now we are studying the Gospel of Luke. We end around 13:00.
 
We have childcare available for children ages newborn to 8. Children go to their classes after the greeting time. We also have a preteens class for kids ages 9-12 during the sermon. All the children’s activities are bi-lingual, Dutch and English.

After the service, we share coffee and tea and spend time building and deepening relationships.

Story

Damascus Road started in 2010 when American missionaries were invited to Maastricht to plant a church serving the international population in the area. The church has grown from a small group meeting in a living room to 70 people meeting at the StayOkay youth hostel on the Maas River to 100+ people meeting at the MECC. Our church has been glad to welcome people from over 80 nations into our community.

Maastricht hosts a large international population. Forty percent of students at Maastricht University come from other countries, and ten percent of Maastricht’s 117,500 residents are international. Many of the expats living, working, and studying in our city speak English. Damascus Road is an international church connecting with the English-speaking people in our city.

The name “Damascus Road” refers to a transformative event in the book of Acts in the Bible. A man named Saul traveled from Jerusalem toward Damascus to persecute people who believed in Jesus. He encountered Jesus on the road. Saul became a devoted follower of Jesus. Later he was called Apostle Paul, and he wrote many of the New Testament books of the Bible and took missionary journeys that brought the Good News about Jesus to many people in many nations.

At Damascus Road International Church, our journey is the same as Saul’s. We want to encounter Jesus and follow him together, taking the gospel message all over the world.

Read Saul’s Damascus Road story in the Bible: Acts 9

Every year, we make a video of our story that year. Click to see our story over the years in video.