What We Believe
Ecclesia Reformata et Semper Reformanda
The Church Reformed and Always Reforming
“To the praise of the glory of His grace…”
In a day of doctrinal confusion, we desire to be clear and precise. We believe that a person cannot have a stable and balanced Christian life without a solid doctrinal foundation. Like the early New Testament churches, we seek to “continue steadfastly in the apostles” doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and prayers.” (Acts 2:42) We believe in those doctrines that are sometimes called the ‘Doctrine of Grace’. By this expression we mean the doctrines of total depravity and inability, unconditional election, definite and particular redemption, effectual and irresistible calling, and the final perseverance of the saints. We rejoice in these glorious truths that uphold the sovereignty of God in the salvation of men and affirm the reality that salvation is all of grace and is all of the Lord. We delight in those Reformation truths of: Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura), by grace alone (Sola Gratia), justification through faith alone (Sola Fide), in Christ alone (Solus Christus), and to God alone be the glory (Soli Deo Gloria)!
Below you will find a brief statement of our beliefs.
We believe in the one true and living God, in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who is invisible, personal, omnipresent, eternal, dependent on none, unchanging, truthful, trustworthy, almighty, sovereign, omniscient, righteous, holy, good, loving, merciful, longsuffering, and gracious.
We believe that Almighty God has revealed all that is necessary to life and salvation in the sixty-six books of Holy Scripture which are the Word of God. All Scripture was given by inspiration of God, is infallible and inerrant, and is the final arbiter in all disputes. Its authority is derived from its author and not from the opinions of men.
We believe that God made our first father Adam perfect, holy and upright. He was appointed representative and head of the human race thereby exposing all his offspring to the effects of his obedience or disobedience to God’s commands.
We believe that Adam fell from his original righteousness into sin and brought on himself and all of his offspring death, condemnation, and sinnership.
We believe that it is completely beyond the power of fallen man to love God.
We believe that God sent His Son into the world, conceived of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, unchangeably sinless, brought God’s righteousness on behalf of His people.
We believe that God’s Son died upon the cross to effect propitiation, reconciliation, redemption, and atonement for His elect people. God bore testimony to His acceptance of His Son’s work by raising Him from the dead. The Lord Jesus Christ is now seated at the right hand of His Father and is enthroned in glory where He intercedes on behalf of His people and rules over all things for their sake.
We believe the elect, who are called by grace, are justified in the sight of God on account of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ which is received by faith alone.
We believe that such are regenerated, called, and justified shall persevere in holiness and never finally fall away.
We believe that baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are gospel ordinances belonging only to believers.
We believe that the local church is under the authority of Christ alone. Nevertheless, He has appointed pastors (as His undershepherds) and deacons (as His ministers of mercy) to represent Him as they care for His body.
We believe that the local church is an assembly of baptized believers covenanted together for the furtherance of the Gospel and their mutual edification and fellowship. The worship and ministry of the church finds its primary expression in the exposition and application of the Word of God through preaching.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ shall personally and visibly return to judge this sinful world, and that the righteous shall enjoy everlasting life and the wicked endure everlasting punishment.
As a matter of doctrinal and historic identification, our church holds in general to the historic Baptist Confessions of Faith. A more complete doctrinal statement of our church may be found in the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. We believe that is one of the most accurate expression of the system of doctrine taught in the Bible. We do not hold any of the Confessions of Faith to be above or equal to the Word of God. Rather, we accept them as a confirmation in faith, an assistance in controversy, and an instrument of edification and instruction. A free copy of the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 is available upon request.