What do we believe?
The Bible is the first and final authority for our lives and the life of the church. Though we do not believe that any man-made document is our authority, we do see the value in such statements of faith that summarize biblical teaching. Our over-arching doctrinal beliefs can be summed up with the five “battle cries” of the Protestant Reformation. In brief, these five terms are:
Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
We believe that the Scripture alone is our ultimate authority for faith and practice, since it alone is without error and God-breathed. The Word of God through the power and work of the Holy Spirit is sufficient for all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
We believe that all men have sinned in Adam’s disobedience and therefore, stand condemned before God and have wholly lost all ability of will to perform any spiritual good necessary for salvation. Therefore, in the salvation of sinners, the convicting, regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary. Salvation is entirely of the grace of God and is not caused by any merit of our own or from anything foreseen in man (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
We believe that men are justified by faith alone and not by works in addition to faith. Yet, the faith by which we are saved is a living faith which works through love. This living faith is empowered by the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. As a result, the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, minister in the Body of Christ, and evangelize (Romans 3:28).
Solus Christus (Christ Alone)
We believe in the deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present, as well as future victorious kingdom, and in His personal, visible return in power and glory.
By His fulfillment of the Law and obedience unto death on the cross, He did fully discharge the debt of all those that are justified by faith in Him. There is salvation in no one else since His work and merit alone provide for our righteousness before a holy God; not by infusing righteousness in us, but by pardoning our sins, and by accounting and accepting our persons as righteous (Acts 4:12).
Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be the Glory)
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is all-powerful and all-knowing. Because He is the Author and Finisher of our faith it is our ultimate and overarching purpose to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Every act in the life of the church and each individual Christian is to be brought under His Lordship and carried out to His glory (1 Peter 4:11)
We believe in the one true and living God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Bible as God’s inspired, infallible and inerrant Word to mankind. It is the source of our faith, revealing all that is necessary for life and salvation.
We believe God made Adam, our first father, the representative head of the human race, holy and upright.
We believe Adam sinned and brought death, condemnation, and a sinful nature on himself and his offspring.
We believe man does not have the power to love and serve God, or trust in Christ on his own. Everyone is a sinner in need of salvation and a restored, reconciled relationship to God.
We believe God elected innumerable men and women to eternal life apart from His foresight of human faith and merit, for His own glory.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That He came in human form, that He was born of a virgin by the power of the Spirit, that He was perfect, and that He is God and man. He was crucified – dying for the sins of all who trust in Him by faith. We believe that He rose from the dead on the third day, and that He continues to live eternally.
We believe that Jesus is the only way to know a restored relationship with God the Father, that Jesus will return again in body, and He now rules and intercedes for His people.
We believe that the Spirit uses the Word of God to regenerate the elect to faith in Christ, the Savior.
We believe God justifies the elect by grace, through faith, on the basis of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the local church as part of born-again believers throughout all the world and throughout all time given the ministry of sharing the good news about Jesus to their community and to the world.