Statement of Faith
WE BELIEVE in One sovereign, almighty, all-knowing, all-sufficient God, eternally existing in Three equally divine Persons: the Father; His one-of-a-kind Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life; and we believe God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them from Himself, not by what is visible, but by His spoken word and for His own glory.
WE BELIEVE God has revealed His eternal power and Godhood in creation; that He has revealed Himself supremely in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God; and that He has revealed Himself and His righteous acts in the Holy Scriptures, the completed sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are God-breathed and true, entirely without error in the original manuscripts, having been delivered through human writers carried along by the Holy Spirit, and which are the only normative authority for faith and practice and the supreme standard by which all conduct, creeds, and teachings must be tested.
WE BELIEVE in the existence of Satan and his angels, who were created good, but rebelled against God and were cast down from heaven to earth, awaiting everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire, having already been defeated by and subjected to Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE God directly created Adam from the dust and Eve from his side, the historical parents of the entire human species; and that they were created in the image of God, distinct from all other living creatures, and in an original state of sinlessness; that our first parents sinned by rebelling against God’s revealed will and thereby incurred God’s righteous judgment, both physical and spiritual death; that because of Adam’s disobedience, all human beings were constituted sinners; that as a result, all are born spiritually dead in sin, alienated from the life of God, slaves to sin, unable to submit to God apart from grace, by nature, children of wrath.
WE BELIEVE that every human, from conception, is wonderfully and immutably created in the image of God, male or female, with a gender that accords with his or her biological sex; that God accordingly designed marriage as a covenantal union of one man and one woman; that every human has sinned against the Creator and deserves His righteous judgment.
WE BELIEVE Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, in the line of David, and was true God and true Man, two distinct natures existing inseparably in One Person, neither less than God nor less than Man, yet without sin.
WE BELIEVE Jesus Christ died, according to the Scriptures, in our stead and for our sake, bearing the penalty of our sins, absorbing and satisfying the wrath of God against us, canceling the record of debt against us, disarming and triumphing over the devil and his demons; we believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for us as the reigning Lord, High Priest, and Advocate.
WE BELIEVE Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and Man; that only the ones who repent and believe, before death, that Jesus is Lord, who died for sins and was raised again, will be saved from wrath on the day of judgment; that everyone believing into Him, through grace, has been born again by the Holy Spirit, forgiven their sins, declared righteous, reconciled to God, and adopted as children of God, to the praise of the glory of His grace; that Jesus’ blood of the New Covenant also secured the sanctification, preservation, and glorification of the believing.
WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit gives life, seals, and abides in believers, giving peace, joy, and hope, teaching all truth, illuminating the Scriptures, making known the glory of Christ and transforming them into the image of Christ from glory to glory, sanctifying, working obedience, bearing fruit, empowering witness to Jesus, and manifesting all of the Scriptural gifts, distributed according to His will, for the common good.
WE BELIEVE the one, holy, universal Church is the Body of Christ and is comprised of all who have been gathered into Christ.
WE BELIEVE water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are not requirements for salvation, which is by grace through faith, but they are disciples’ outward expressions of an inward reality, acts of obedience that please God, encouraged and administered after rebirth by the Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE in the happy hope that Jesus Christ will soon return to this earth, personally and visibly, in power and great glory, to raise the dead, gather His chosen ones, judge the nations, and establish the fullness of His kingdom on earth; we believe in the bodily resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous, the everlasting, conscious punishment of the unbelieving, and the everlasting joy of the believing, who will reign forever with Christ as sons and daughters of God on the New Heaven and New Earth.
TO GOD ALONE BE THE GLORY!