The Bible

We believe that the Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, is the inspireda Word of God.b We believe it is without error in the original manuscripts, and is our supreme, sufficient,c and infallibled authority in all matters of faith and conduct.e

a 2 Timothy 3:15 – 17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; b Isaiah 40:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; c Psalm 19:7-11; Acts 20:32; d Psalm 19:7-11; e Deuteronomy 8:3, Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12

 

The Trinity

We believe that there is one Goda who is the Creator of all things,b that he is infinite,c perfect,d and unchangeable,e and that he exists eternally in a loving fellowship of three persons:f Father, Son and Holy Spirit,g who are co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal.h We believe that each person of the Trinity exercises distinct but harmonious functions in the work of creation, providence and redemption.i

a Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Isaiah 45:5-7; Ephesians 4:5-6; b Genesis 1:1 – 2:3c Genesis 1:1; d Matthew 5:48; e James 1:17; f Matthew 28:19; g Matthew 3:13 – 17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; h Genesis 1:1, 26; i Ephesians 1:3 – 12

 

God the Father

We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity.  We believe that by His word and for His glory He freely created all things and by the same sovereign power sustains, directs and rules over all things and that his plans cannot be thwarted.a We believe He is holy,b justc and good.d We believe He is the author of salvation who, according to His great mercy, saves for Himself those whom he chose in Christ unto salvation from before the foundation of the world, all to the praise of His glory.e

a Genesis 1-2; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Psalm 103:19; b Psalms 99:3; Isaiah 6:3; c Deuteronomy 32:4; d Psalm 100:5; Luke 18:19; e John 1:12, John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3

 

 

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity.a We believe that He is God incarnate,b fully God and fully man,c one Person with two natures. We believe that He upholds the universe by the word of His power.d We believe He was born of a virgin,e lived a sinless life,f performed miracles,g was crucified under Pontius Pilate,h arose bodily from the deadi and ascended into heaven.j

a John 20:31; b Romans 9:5; John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 20:28; c Philippians 2:5-11; d Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:2-3; Colossians 1:15 – 20; e Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:26 – 35; f 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; Matthew 20:28; g Matthew 4:23; Mark 1:34; h Matthew 27; i Romans 5:6-8; Romans 6:9, 10; j Acts 1:9-11

 

God the Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.  We believe He was sovereignly active in creation,a in the incarnationb and in the inspiration of Scripture,c and is active in human history.d We believe He was sent by the Father and the Sone to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.f We believe that the Holy Spirit sovereignly awakens the soul, which is dead in sin,g to be made alive in Christ and seals it for the day of redemption.h We believe He indwells every believeri and that He is the abiding helper, teacher and guide. We believe the Holy Spirit equips and empowers believers for Christian witnessj and servicek and gives gifts for the purpose of building up of the body of Christ, the Church,l and transforms the believer more and more into the likeness of Christ.m

a Genesis 1:2, 26; b Matthew 1:18; c 2 Peter 1:20-21 d Numbers 27:18; Nehemiah 9:30; Psalm 139:7; e John 14:16 – 26; 15:26-27; John 16:7-14; f John 16:8; g John 6:63; Romans 8:10-11; Ephesians 2:1; h Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5; i Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; j Jeremiah 31:34 (cf. Hebrews 10:15-17); Joel 2:28-32 (cf. Acts 2:14-21); k Galatians 5:22-26; l1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4; m 2 Corinthians 3:4-18; Ephesians 2:22

 

Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins.a We believe His atoning deathb and victorious, bodily resurrectionc constitute the only ground for salvation.d We believe He rose from the deade and sat down at the right hand of God the Father where He continually intercedesf for His people as our High Priest and Advocate.g

a Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; 1 Peter 2:24; b Mark 10:45; John 10:15; Acts 20:282 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 4:10,c Matthew 28:1-6; d Romans 3:21-26; Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18; e Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; f 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:24-25; g Ephesians 1:16 – 21; Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 9:24; 1 John 2:1

 

 

The Christian Life

We believe all are sinners who fall short of the glory of God and stand hopeless and condemned before Him.a We believe a sinner is saved by grace alone through faith alone in the gospel of Jesus Christ.b We believe the gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again, conquering all of his enemies, including sin and death, so that there is no condemnation for those who believe.c We believe eternal life is secured for the believer by the effectual and sovereign grace of God.d We believe it is the duty and delight of all who believe to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, e to abide in Him,f to be obedient to His Word,g and to seek to live to the glory of God.h

a Romans 3:23, 6:23; b Ephesians 2:1-10; c 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 8:1-4 d Romans 10:9-11; e Matthew 22:37-38; Luke 10:27; f John 14:15 – 24; g 1 John 2:3-6; h 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 10:31

 

The Church

We believe the Church is a living spiritual bodya of which Christ is the headb and all those who have been chosen by God for salvation and justified by His grace through saving faith in Christ are its members, marked by love for one another and the exercising of their gifts.c We believe it is the Church’s joy and responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission given by our Lord to make disciples of all nations.d

a 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; b Colossians 1:18; c Ephesians 2:11-3:12; 4:11-16; 5:22-23; Hebrews 10:23-25; Jude 20-23; d Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:5

 

The Return of Christ

We believe in the personal, visible and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ to eartha and the establishment of His kingdom.b We believe His followers are to live in expectation of His imminent return.c We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lostd — the saved to an endless, joyful, and living reign with Christ,e and the lost to endless punishment away from the benevolent presence of God.f

a Mark 14:62; Acts 1:11; b Revelation 20:1-6, 11-15; c Titus 2:11-14; d 1 Thessalonians 4:15; e John 14:1-3; Philippians 3:20; f 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2 Timothy 4:1