What We Believe 

 

“these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”         

John 20:31


The Trinity

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness and is worthy to receive all glory and adoration.

Revelation & Scripture

God has graciously disclosed Himself in creation, and has supremely revealed himself in the person of his Jesus, the incarnate Word. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

Creation

We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life.

Fall

We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original union with God by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all humans are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect and condemned to death apart from God’s own gracious intervention.

The Gospel

We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ, centering on the cross and resurrection. This good news is biblical, theological, historical, apostolic and intensely personal, where it is received, believed, and held firmly, individual persons are saved.

Redemption

We believe that, moved by love, the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified and died, rose on the third day and ascended into heaven as our representative and substitute. On the cross, he canceled the debt of sin and reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death, defeated Satan, and brought everlasting life to all his people. By his ascension he has been exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else

Reconciled to God

We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for our sins. By his perfect obedience, he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God.

Power of the Holy Spirit

We believe that salvation by Christ is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit and is present with and indwells in all believers to guide, instruct, equip, revive, and empower believers for Christ-like living and service. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith.

The Kingdom of God

We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant. Because we are citizens of God’s kingdom, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God. The kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God’s sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation.

God's New People

We believe that God’s new covenant people is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the Head. The church is the body and bride of Christ, distinguished by her gospel message, ordinances, discipline, mission, and, above all, by her love; for God, one another and for the world. The church is the corporate witness to God in the world.

Baptism & The Lord's Supper

We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by Jesus himself. The former is an announcement of saving faith in Christ and entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant commemoration to His Gospel and the promise of His return.

Restoration

We believe in the personal and bodily return of Jesus Christ, and his kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the resurrection of both the just and the unjust—the unjust to judgment and eternal punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its wretched effects forever banished, to the eternal praise of His glory.