WHAT WE BELIEVE

Below is a basic summary of what we believe. A fuller explanation of our beliefs is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

 

What We Believe about God

The Bible teaches us that there is one God who eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is the maker, sustainer and redeemer of all things. He is infinite and unchangeable. He is holy, just, good, merciful, loving, compassionate and perfect in every way. He is beyond comprehension, yet he has been pleased to draw near and make himself known in ways we can comprehend. We are truly amazed with our awesome God.

What We Believe About People

The Bible teaches us that human beings are created in the image of their creator to enjoy God and honor Him in their entirety. The human race, however, is estranged from its creator through the overwhelming power of sin that originated from Adam and Eve. Left to ourselves, we would not fulfill the magnificent purpose for which we were created, but instead perish forever.

What We Believe About Jesus

We believe Jesus is fully God and fully man. Jesus took on human flesh and entered the world as a small baby. He lived a sinless life, obeying God’s law completely, suffered the wrath of God and died on the cross. On the third day he rose from the dead. All of this was for us and for our salvation, to atone for sin and to offer the free gift of eternal life.

What We Believe About Salvation

From beginning to end, salvation is of the Lord and is received by faith in Jesus Christ alone, not by good works — although good works are evidence of faith. Salvation is a free gift, won by Christ and applied to believers by the Holy Spirit. It is also holistic in that it encompasses every aspect of human life.

What We Believe About the Church

The people of God from all ages, all walks of life and from every nation and tongue who are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ are part of the true Church. Jesus is the head of the Church while believers are part of “the body of Christ.” Christians join together in local communities or churches to worship the Lord, to grow together in his likeness, and to enjoy serving Him together.

What We Believe About Scripture*

1. God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order thereby to reveal Himself to lost mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is God’s witness to Himself.

2. Holy Scripture, being God’s own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it affirms: obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises.

3. The Holy Spirit, Scripture’s divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds to understand its meaning.

4. Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God’s acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God’s saving grace in individual lives.

5. The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible’s own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.

*Taken from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

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