WE BELIEVE IN GOD
There is only one living and true God; infinite in being and perfection and creator of all things. He exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE
God has revealed himself to mankind, without error, through inspired Scripture which is the Word of God and thus the rule of faith and life.
WE BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL
For no reason other than his own glory, God has elected some who, being fallen because of Adam, are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, are called to faith by the Holy Spirit, and are justified, adopted, and sanctified. This is salvation.
WE BELIEVE IN THE FALL OF MAN
Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden and fell from their original righteousness and communion with God and became dead in sin – wholly defiled in soul and body.
WE BELIEVE IN ORIGINAL SIN
The guilt of our first parent’s sin is imputed to us – thus we are born corrupt and opposed to God, deserving of his wrath.
WE BELIEVE IN ONE COVENANT OF GRACE
God has always only ever had one plan to restore his communion with mankind – the Covenant of Grace. God offers life and salvation by Jesus Christ on condition of faith in Jesus Christ. In the days of the Old Testament this was administered differently (looking forward to the coming of Jesus Christ) than in the present days (Christ is with us) but it is one and the same covenant.
WE BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR
Jesus was fully God and fully man – living a sinless life and yet being crucified unto death only to rise from dead on the third day and ascend into Heaven where he now sits at the right hand of the Father. His sacrifice has fully satisfied the justice of the Father for the sins of those who believe restoring to them communion with God.
WE BELIEVE IN PERSERVERANCE
Salvation comes not from our own works but from God’s eternal plan, his unchanging love, Jesus’ perfect righteousness, and the abiding of the Holy Spirit. All of these are certain and unchanging and so we are assured our salvation will persevere to the end.
WE BELIEVE IN JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION
Justification, being made right with God, comes from Christ’s righteousness alone. Sanctification, the process of being made more like Jesus, is lifelong. The corrupted flesh remains, warring against the Spirit within. Over time, relying on the strength of Jesus, sin will be overcome but never perfectly until glory.
WE BELIEVE IN GOOD WORKS
While mankind’s efforts can never provide salvation, good works done in obedience to God’s commandments, empowered by his grace are the evidence of true faith.
WE BELIEVE IN HEAVEN AND HELL
At the end of days, Jesus will return and all will be judged. Those in Christ, will live forever with him in Heaven, (the world will be made perfect, and we will be given perfected bodies). Those not in Christ will be forever separated from God, cast into Hell.
WE BELIEVE IN THE SACRAMENTS
Baptism is ordained by Jesus Christ as the sign of the Covenant of Grace to replace the sign of circumcision. The element of baptism is water and the mode of administration is either pouring, sprinkling, or immersion. As infants received the previous sign of circumcision, so infants should receive the sign of baptism as well as adult believers.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Jesus Christ instituted the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as a bond and pledge of his communion with believers. The elements, bread and wine (or juice), are sometimes called by what they represent: the body and blood of Jesus Christ. However, they do not somehow mystically actually become his body and blood.
WE BELIEVE IN THE FINAL JUDGMENT
God has appointed a day wherein Jesus will return and judge the world in righteousness. The day and hour of this judgment is unknown to mankind.