1 | Scripture
We believe that the Bible—consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments—is God’s very Word, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, entirely true and without error in its original writings, wholly sufficient and clear for faith and practice, and supremely authoritative for what is true and right. We believe that through the Bible God makes known to us Himself, our own condition, and the way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. As God’s Word, we affirm that the Bible is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it commands, and trusted in all that it promises.
2 | The Triune God
We believe in one God, the Creator, Sustainer, Ruler, and Judge of all things visible and invisible to whom all love, reverence, and obedience is due. He is living and personal, a spirit whose essence is incomprehensible. He is gloriously infinite in His essence and unchanging perfections: He is eternal, self-existent, self-sufficient, all-powerful, everywhere-present, and absolute in knowledge—including all things future. He is the perfection of beauty, holiness, and moral goodness: wholly just, loving, merciful, patient, gracious, slow to anger, faithful, forgiving, and one who unwaveringly executes judgment on evil. This one God eternally and splendidly exists in three persons (one in essence, distinct in person)—Father, Son, and Spirit—who equally share in the divine perfections. These three persons execute distinct but harmonious offices in the divine work of creation, providence, and redemption.
3 | Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is God incarnate—the eternal Son of God become man (truly God, and truly man). He was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, withstood temptation, lived a sinless and fully-obedient life, performed many miracles, taught with authority, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, rose bodily from the dead, appeared to many, and ascended into heaven. We believe that as our representative His work was substitutionary and atoning, that through His death and resurrection He inaugurated the New Covenant and defeated sin and death for us—bearing our guilt, reconciling us to God, restoring us from corruption. Our Savior is now seated at the right hand of the Father, from where He reigns, unceasingly intercedes for us, and will come to judge the living and the dead when He returns to consummate His saving mission. He is God’s promised Messiah, our Lord, and the Savior of all who trust in Him. Redemption can be found nowhere else.
4 | The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully divine. We believe that He convicts the world of its guilt, effects regeneration, indwells believers, cultivates Christian character, empowers believers for godly living, equips them for faithful service, testifies to their divine adoption, and seals them unto final salvation.
5 | Humanity & Its Fall
We believe that God uniquely created humanity in His image. On account of Adam’s transgression he incurred death (both physical and spiritual). With Adam as their representative, all humans are now sinners from conception—yet not in violation of their will, but in agreement with it—and that, apart from God’s gracious intervention in Christ, humanity finds itself alienated from God, under His wrath, without excuse (having sufficient knowledge of God to make one culpable), rightly condemned, and incapable of remedying its predicament.
6 | Salvation
We believe that salvation is entirely by God’s grace, based wholly on the work of Christ, and is received solely by trusting in Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. We believe that this salvation concerns the redemption of the whole person and involves regeneration, in which God grants believers new life in Christ, justification, in which God imputes to believers Christ’s righteousness based on His sin-bearing work, sanctification, in which God sets believers apart from sin and unto His purposes, and glorification, in which God brings believers’ salvation to completion through physical resurrection and the eradication of sin. We believe that the believer’s good works are an indispensable evidence of this saving grace and serve as an authentication of saving faith.
7 | The Church
We believe in the one, holy, universal, and apostolic Church composed of all those who, in every time and place, are united to Christ by the Spirit through faith. She exists to display the unsearchable wisdom of God to the praise of His glorious grace. This body—of which Christ is head—is manifest in local churches. They are distinguished by their Gospel message, their Gospel-depicting ordinances (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), the exercise of church discipline, its Biblical offices, and their members’ express love for one another. Christ has commissioned his Church to carry on His mission by spreading His Gospel with the aim of making disciples of all peoples.
8 | Christian Conduct
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of their neighbor, and that they should be marked by holiness, evangelism, prayer, care for the vulnerable, God-honoring diligence in their work, purity from all sexual immorality, active involvement in a local church, and whole-hearted devotion to Christ stemming out of new desires and joy in him.
9 | Angels
We believe that God created angelic beings to worship Him and serve as His ministering spirits. We believe in the existence of Satan, an angelic being who rebelled against God, has been decisively defeated through Christ’s death and resurrection, and at the end of the age will be cast forever into the lake of fire.
10 | Last Things
We believe that in God’s own timing our Lord Jesus Christ will personally, bodily, visibly, and suddenly return to this earth in glory to consummate His kingdom and bring this world to its appropriate end, making all things new. We believe in the resurrection of the body and the final judgment: the righteous being raised to everlasting life, the unrighteous to everlasting torment. We believe that prior to then those who die in Christ are made perfect in holiness and consciously dwell with our all-satisfying savior, Jesus Christ.