Statement of Faith

WE BELIEVE:

1. God. We believe in one eternal, knowable, sovereign God. He knows all things and providentially oversees all things. He is merciful and just, loving and holy, great in power and good in purpose. His glory is our chief concern.

2. Trinity. We believe that the one true God exists in three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three are uncreated, coeternal, and equal in power, glory, and honor. They are rightly worshiped as the one true God: three in one.

3. Scripture. We believe, that while God has revealed Himself in His creation, He has spoken to us most clearly in His Word. The sixty-six books comprising the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, collectively known as the Bible, are breathed out by God, holy, complete, and entirely without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is our final authority in life, doctrine, and godliness.

4. Creation. We believe God created the entire universe out of nothing. Man and woman were the crown of God’s good creation, being created in His own image. As image-bearers, we were created to worship God and reflect Him in true knowledge, righteousness and holiness.

5. Fall. We believe that Adam and Eve, our first parents, rebelled against God and plunged themselves and all their offspring into ruin. Because of Adam’s sin as our covenant representative before God, the entire human race stands guilty of rebellion against its Creator. Human nature is corrupt from the very beginning of life.

6. Person of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Son of the Living God, and the second Person of the Trinity. He is fully God and fully man. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life in absolute obedience to the fullness of God’s law, taught the way of God’s kingdom, worked miracles, suffered, died, and bodily rose again.

7. Work of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, wholly without sin and entirely in full and absolute conformity to the will and commands of God, and died on the cross on behalf of His chosen people, the Church, that we might be counted righteous and forgiven of our sins. He was our sacrificial substitute. He removed our guilt and absorbed the wrath of God.

8. Salvation. We believe that salvation is wholly the electing and regenerating work of a sovereign God. We are unable to turn to God unless He first turns to us. We are justified (declared righteous before God) through faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone. The only way to be adopted into God’s family is through union and communion with His Son, Jesus Christ.

9. Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit, working through the Word, supernaturally converts (regenerates) the hearts of God’s people by making alive what was spiritually dead. The Spirit causes us to grow in holiness, seals us for the day of redemption that we might be assured of our salvation, and equips us with spiritual gifts for the building up of the body.

10. Church. We believe the church is the communion of God’s people drawn from every tribe, language, people, and nation. This invisible body, of which Christ Jesus is the head, exists locally, and imperfectly, as the visible church. Jesus Christ has given His church two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus Himself. The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. We believe that baptism is an ordinance of the Lord by which those individuals or families who have repented and come to faith (individually or by virtue of their familial federal head) express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection, by being immersed in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a sign of belonging to the new people of God, the true Israel, and an emblem of burial and cleansing, signifying death to the old life of unbelief, and purification from the pollution of sin. Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of His return and of the consummation of all things.

11. Marks and Mission. We believe God’s people should be marked by Christlikeness, prayerfulness, joyful obedience, and love of God and love of neighbor. We believe the mission of the Church is one of word and deed. As salt and light, we seek to save the lost, make disciples, work for righteousness and justice, and care for the hurting and needy.

12. Last Things. We believe the study of eschatology should give hope and comfort to the elect, and challenge them to live for the glory of God as they look forward to the consummation of His eternal plan, while the reprobate who die outside of Christ will spend eternity away from the presence of God in eternal judgment. We believe that God’s new covenant people have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem; they are already seated with Christ in the heavenlies. This universal Church is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus each “local church” is, in fact, the Church, the household of God, the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of the truth. The Church is the Body of Christ, the apple of His eye, graven on His hands, and He has pledged Himself to her forever. The Church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by her love for God, and by her members’ love for one another and for the world. Crucially, this Gospel we cherish has both personal and corporate dimensions, neither of which may properly be overlooked. Christ Jesus is our peace: He has not only brought about peace with God, but also peace between alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. The Church serves as a sign of God’s future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. The Church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world.

Creeds and Confessions

As a church we ascribe to the historic creeds and confessions of the Reformed tradition: The Apostle’s Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Athanasian Creed, The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Canons of Dordt. Note: As with all documents that are a product of man we may disagree with certain teachings within some of these documents. We only hold the Bible as the absolute source of truth.

A version of the Statement of Faith with all corresponding Scripture references is available upon request.