We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This one true God is infinitely perfect in both His love and holiness. He is the immortal and eternal Creator of all things, visible and invisible. He sovereignly rules over all things and is providentially working to redeem and restore His fallen creation. He is worthy to receive all glory and worship.
God has graciously revealed His existence and power in the created order and in the Person of His Son, the Word incarnate. God is a speaking God who, by His Spirit, has graciously revealed Himself in human words through the Scriptures, the books of the Old and New Testaments, which are a record and means of His saving work in the world. These writings alone are the verbally inspired Word of God, which is authoritative and without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of His will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe, and final in its authority over all the realms of knowledge to which it speaks. In short, all Scripture is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God.
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God declared to be “very good”. Both man and woman were created equal in value, and have equal access to God through faith in Jesus Christ. Because we were created in His image, we believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end, and that we should honor the physical, social, and spiritual needs of all people. Following Christ’s example, we believe that each person should be treated with love, dignity and respect.
We believe that all men everywhere are lost and face God’s judgment. We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and lost his original blessedness-for himself and for all who came after him-by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. Now, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death – apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose righteous and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of that same God, the only one who can rescue and restore us to Himself through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
We believe that the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He obeyed His heavenly Father perfectly, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. He sits at the right hand of God and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate.
We believe that through 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, bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all 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 eternal life to all His people; by His ascension, He was exalted forever as Lord and 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. Because God has chosen the lowly things of this world, the despised things, the things that are not, to override the things that are, no human being can boast before Him – Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
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 for our sins, making an adequate, real, and complete satisfaction of God’s justice on our behalf. By His perfect obedience, He satisfied God’s righteous demands on our behalf, since only by faith is this perfect obedience credited to all who trust in Christ alone to be accepted by God. Since Christ was given by the Father for us, and His obedience and punishment were accepted in place of ours, freely and not for nothing in us, this justification is by free grace alone, so that both the exact righteousness and rich grace of God can be glorified in the justification of sinners. We believe that zeal for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification.
We believe that salvation, attested to in all the Scriptures and guaranteed 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 through His powerful and mysterious work He regenerates spiritually dead sinners. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. In Him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, so that they are justified before God by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
Through the agency of the Spirit, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into the family of God. The Holy Spirit Himself is the initial payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christian life and service.
We believe that God’s new covenant people have been saved in the Church, His bride. This universal Church is manifested in the local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus, each “local church” is indeed the Church, the family of God, the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of truth. The Church is the body of Christ, the apple of His eye, engraved in His hands, and He has committed Himself to it forever. The Church is distinguished by its gospel message, its holy ordinances, its discipline, its great mission, and above all by its love for God and the love of its members for each other and for the world. This gospel we cherish has personal and corporate dimensions, neither of which can be properly neglected. Christ Jesus is our peace: He not only brought peace with God, but also peace among alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in Himself a new humanity, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile all people to God through the cross, by which He slew their hostility. The Church serves as a sign of the kingdom of God when its members live for the service of each other and their neighbors, and not for personal focus. The Church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit and the ongoing witness of God in the world. We believe that it is the mandate of the whole church to go into the world and preach the gospel to all people.
We believe in the personal, glorious, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ when He will exercise His role as final Judge and His kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust – the unjust to eternal, conscious judgment and punishment in Hell, as the Lord Himself taught, and the just to eternal bliss in the presence of the One who sits on the throne and the Lamb, in the new Heaven and the new Earth, the home of righteousness. In that day, the Church will be presented faultless before God through Christ’s obedience, suffering and triumph, all sin cleansed and its wretched effects banished forever. God will be in everything and His people will be in the presence of His holiness, and everything will be to the praise of His glorious grace.