doctrinal statement

OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Our doctrinal statement is adapted from B.B. Warfield’s statement of faith. We consider ourselves firmly within the evangelical Protestant tradition and are committed to promoting evangelism, discipleship, and church planting from this perspective.

THE BIBLE – We believe that our aim in life and death should be to glorify God and enjoy him forever; and that God teaches us how to glorify and enjoy Him in His inerrant Word, that is, the Bible, which he has given by the infallible inspiration of His Holy Spirit in order that we may certainly know what we are to believe concerning Him and what duty he requires of us.

GOD – We believe that God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth; incomparable in all that He is; one God but three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Sanctifier; in whose power, wisdom, righteousness, goodness, and truth we safely put our trust.

THE CREATION – We believe that the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, are the works of God’s hands; and that all that He has made He directs and governs in all their actions, so that they fulfill the end for which they were created, and we who trust in Him shall not be put to shame, but may rest securely in the protection of His almighty love.

MAN – We believe that God created man after His own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, and entered into a covenant of life with him upon the sole condition of his obedience: so that it was by willfully sinning against God that man fell into the sin and misery in which we have been born.

THE FALL – We believe that, being fallen in Adam, our first father, we are by nature children of wrath, under condemnation of God and corrupted in body and soul, prone to evil and liable to eternal death; from which condition we cannot be delivered save through the unmerited grace of God our Savior.

GRACE – We believe that God has not left the world to perish in its sin, but out of the great love with which He has loved it, has from all eternity graciously chosen to himself a multitude which no man can number, to deliver them out of their sin and misery, and of them to build up again in the world His kingdom of righteousness; in which kingdom we may be assured we have our part, if we hold fast to Christ the Lord.

CHRIST – We believe that God has redeemed His people to Himself through Jesus Christ our Lord; who, though He was and ever continues to be the eternal Son of God, yet was born of a woman, born under the law, that He might redeem them that are under the law; we believe that he bore the penalty due to our sins in His own body on the tree, and fulfilled in His own person the obedience we owe to the righteousness of God, and now presents us to His Father as His purchased possession, to the praise of the glory of His grace forever; therefore renouncing all merit of our own, put all our trust only in the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ our redeemer.

THE LORD – We believe that Jesus Christ our redeemer, who died for our offenses was raised again for our justification, and ascended into the heavens, were He sits at the right hand of the Father Almighty continually making intercession for his people, and governing the whole world as head over all things for His Church; so that we do not need to fear evil and may surely know that nothing can snatch us out of His hands and nothing can separate us from His love.

THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe that the redemption made by the Lord Jesus Christ is effectually applied to all His people by the Holy Spirit, who works faith in us and thereby unites us to Christ, renews us in the whole man after the image of God, and enables us more and more to die to sin and to live to righteousness; until His gracious work having been completed in us, we shall be received to glory; in which great hope abiding, we must ever strive to perfect holiness in the fear of God.

THE GOSPEL – We believe that God requires us, under the gospel, first of all, that, out of a true sense of our sin and misery and apprehension of His mercy in Christ, we should turn with grief and hatred away from sin and receive and rest upon Jesus Christ alone for salvation; that, so being united to Him, we may receive pardon for our sins and be accepted as righteous in God’s sight, only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to us and received by faith alone; thus, and thus, only, do we believe we may be received into the number and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God.

GOOD WORKS – We believe that, having been pardoned and accepted for Christ’s sake, it is further required of us that we walk in the Spirit whom He has purchased for us, and by whom love is shed abroad in our heart; fulfilling the obedience we owe to Christ our King; faithfully performing all the duties lad upon us by the holy law of God our heavenly Father; and ever reflecting in our life and conduct the perfect example that has been set upon us by Christ Jesus our leader, who has died for us and granted to us His Holy Spirit that we may do the good works which God has predetermined that we should walk in them.

THE CHURCH – We believe that God has established His Church in the world, one and the same in all ages, and now, under the Gospel, has endowed it with the ministry of the Word and the holy ordinances of Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and prayer; in order that through these means, the riches of His grace in the gospel may be known to the world, and by the blessing of Christ and the working of His Spirit in them that by faith receive them, the benefits of redemption may be communicated to His people;therefore also it is required of us that we attend on these means of grace with diligence, preparation, and prayer, so that through them we may be instructed and strengthened in faith, and in holiness of life and in love; and that we use by best endeavors to carry this gospel and convey these means of grace to the whole world.

WITNESS – We believe that disciples of Jesus Christ are called to be His witnesses in the world, proclaiming the justice and mercy of God to all men, and making evident His wise and righteous rule over every aspect of human culture. And we believe that it is our privilege and duty to pursue a vocation in this world that employs our gifts to the glory of God, and for the good of our family, our congregation, our community, and, as God brings opportunity, to any who may be in need.

THE FUTURE – We believe that as Jesus Christ has once come in grace, so also is He to come a second time in glory, to judge the world in righteousness and assign to each his eternal reward; and we believe that if we die in Christ our souls shall be at death made perfect in holiness and go home to the Lord; and when He shall return in His majesty we shall be raised in glory and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoyment of God to all eternity; encouraged by which blessed hope it is required of us willing to take our part in suffering hardship here as a good soldier of Christ Jesus, being assured that if we die with Him we shall also reign with Him.