We believe the God of the Bible and historic Christianity is the one and only true God. We believe He eternally exists 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. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace.
Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Isaiah 40:25-28; Matthew 10:29-30; Colossians 1:16-17; Psalm 147:15-18; Mark 4:39-41; Psalm 33:10-11; Amos 3:6; Lamentations 3:37-38
We believe that God by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the authoritative Word of God, which are totally true and trustworthy. In the Scriptures, God reveals Himself concerning salvation
and the wisdom necessary to overcome sin in this world and experience victory through Jesus Christ. It is sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, therefore it is the supreme authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks.
Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Psalm 119; Isaiah 40:8 Matthew 24:35; Matthew 22:29; Roman 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21, 25
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good. However, sin entered into and distorted God’s creation by the decision of Adam and Eve in falling to Satan’s temptation. Since that time, all creation has suffered from the effects of sin, severing our relationship with God the creator. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God. The only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself.
Genesis 1-3; Romans 1:18-3:20, 5:1-19, 8:7-8, 8:20; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:21; 1 Corinthians 2:14
ABOUT GOD’S PLAN IN SALVATION
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation. We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them—all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer. And it may truly be said, that all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. This good news is the gospel of Jesus Christ centered upon his death and resurrection in order to reconcile us to God.
John 3:16, 10:25-29; Romans 1:15-17, 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:3-14; Isaiah 46:9-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:3-6; Mark 1:14-15
We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, was crucified, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As the mediatorial King, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate. We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God: on the cross he canceled sin, propitiated God, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.
John 1:1-18; Romans 3:21-26; Philippians 2:5-11, 3:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 2:13-14; Revelation 5
ABOUT THE JUSTIFICATION OF SINNERS
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 place the punishment due us for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction
to God’s justice on our behalf. 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. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners. We believe that a zeal for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification.
Romans 3:26, 4:3-8, 5:1; Galatians 2:16-17; Titus 3:5-7; Philippians 3:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21
ABOUT THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, baptizing them into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God. By the Spirit’s agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God’s family; they participate in the divine nature and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts. The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
John 16:4-15; Galatians 3:5, 5:16-18; Ephesians 1:11-14, 5:18-21; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12; Joel 2:28-32
ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We believe that those who have been saved by grace through faith enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to
glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as light into the dark world, believers are to glorify God among the nations. 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. The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan’s dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God.
Isaiah 58:6-14; Mark 1:15; Matthew 18; Luke 17:20-22; Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 4:19-21; Revelation 12:10
ABOUT GOD’S NEW PEOPLE
We believe that God’s new covenant people form His universal church. This universal church is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head. 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 all peoples 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.
Isaiah 54:1-3, 56:1-8; Galatians 3-4; 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:11-22, 4:1-16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 Peter 2:4-12; 1 John 3:11-24
ABOUT BAPTISM AND LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself to be visible signs of the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. Baptism is the visible sign of a person coming into the covenant family of God. The Lord’s Supper is a sign of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and anticipation of His return and restoration of all things.
Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-27; 1 Peter 3:21-22; Colossians 2:11-15; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23
ABOUT THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
We believe in the physical, imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, glory, and judgment. We believe that all who have died before His Coming will be raised bodily from the dead; believers to eternal peace and joy in a literal, physical Kingdom on earth, and unbelievers to a state of eternal separation from God. In the new heaven and new earth, all sin will be purged and its effects removed forever. God will be with his people and everything will be to the praise of his glorious grace.
Isaiah 65:17-25, 66:18-24; Revelation 21; Romans 8:18-25; Matthew 10:28; 2 Peter 2:4-22; Hebrews 10:26-31