God’s Written Word and Scriptural Truth
We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the infallible Word of God, verbally inspired by God, and without error. We believe that God’s intentions, revealed in the Bible, are the supreme and final authority in testing all claims about what is true and what is right. In matters not addressed by the Bible, what is true and right is assessed by criteria consistent with the teachings of Scripture.
The Trinity: One God in Three Persons
We believe in one living, sovereign, and all-glorious God, eternally existing in three infinitely excellent and admirable Persons: God the Father, fountain of all being; God the Son, eternally begotten, not made, without beginning, being of one essence with the Father; and God the Holy Spirit, proceeding in the full, divine essence, as a Person, eternally from the Father and the Son. Therefore, each Person in the Godhead is fully and completely God.
God’s Purpose and Election
We believe that God upholds and governs all things, all in accord with His eternal, all-wise purposes to glorify Himself, yet in such a way that He never sins, nor ever condemns a person unjustly; but that His ordaining and governing all things is compatible with the moral accountability of all persons created in His image. We believe that God’s election is an unconditional act of free grace which was given through His Son, Jesus Christ before the world began. By this act God chose, before the foundation of the world, those who would be delivered from bondage to sin and brought to repentance and saving faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
God’s Creation of Man and Everything
We believe that God created the universe, and everything in it, out of nothing, by the Word of His power. We believe that, although God created man morally upright, he was led astray from God’s Word and wisdom by Satan’s deceit, and chose to take what was forbidden, and thus declare his independence from, distrust for, and disobedience toward his all-good and gracious Creator. Thus, our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original innocence and communion with God.
God’s Son, Jesus Christ
We believe that God sent forth His Eternal Son as Jesus the Messiah, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. We believe that, when the eternal Son became flesh, He took on a fully human nature, so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one Person, without confusion or mixture. Therefore, Jesus Christ was and is truly God and truly man, yet one Christ and the only Mediator between God and man. We believe that Jesus Christ suffered in fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan, that He was crucified, that He died, was buried and on the third day rose from the dead to vindicate the saving work of His life and death, and to take His place at the right hand of the Father, interceding for His people.
Salvation and The Holy Spirit
We believe that, apart from the effectual work of the Spirit, no one would come to faith, because all are dead in trespasses and sins; that they are hostile to God, and morally unable to submit to God or please Him, and because the pleasures of sin appear greater than the pleasures of God. We do not believe that there is Salvation through any other means than through receiving the Gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit and professing our faith in Jesus Christ.
God’s Act of Justification
We believe that in righteous grace God justifies the ungodly by faith alone apart from works, pardoning their sins, and reckoning them as righteous and acceptable in His presence. Faith is thus the sole instrument by which we, as sinners, are united to Christ, whose perfect righteousness and satisfaction for sins is alone the ground of our acceptance with God. We believe, however, that the faith, which alone receives the gift of justification, does not remain alone in the person so justified, but produces, by the Holy Spirit, the fruit of love and leads necessarily to sanctification. This necessary relation between justifying faith and the fruit of good works simply expresses the crucial truth that faith that does not yield the fruit of good works is dead, being no true faith.
Christ’s Great Commission
We believe that the commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations is binding on His Faithful Elect to the end of the age. This task is to proclaim the Gospel to every tribe and tongue and people and nation, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey the word of God to fulfill their Christian calling.
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