What We Believe

I. The Bible is the inspired, infallible, completed Word of God without error in its original manuscripts.

II. There is only one, living and true God, composed of three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; each eternally coexistent and fully God.

III. God is sovereign over all creation, and He directs all things in accordance with His eternal, immutable purpose.

IV. The first man was created perfect, but wilfully disobeyed God, severing his communion with God, thus leaving his descendants—all humanity—at enmity with God and spiritually dead in their sin. 

V. For no reason, other than to glorify His own Self, God in His eternal purpose chose to reconcile a multitude of people to Himself through the Person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. For this multitude the eternal Son took on the form of a man and became their perfect Substitute on the cross, satisfying divine justice on their behalf. His sacrifice purchased all things necessary to ensure their eternal salvation.

VI. Although God commands people everywhere to repent, such is the power of sin that people will not of themselves obey this command. Therefore God, determining to save those for whom Christ died, draws them by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit; who renews their minds, hearts, and wills so that they freely trust in Christ.

VII. Saving faith—by its very nature—will always be accompanied by repentance, which involves the recognition of, sorrow over, and the turning away from all known sin, with a new desire to live in obedience to Jesus Christ.

VIII. Jesus Christ alone is the Head of the one true Christian Church, which is made up of only those people who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. All these are presently indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and by their words and deeds show their allegiance to Christ.

IX. There are two ordinances which have been instituted by the Lord Jesus: the baptism of believers and the Lord’s Supper. Neither of these has, in itself, the power to save people from their sins, but both are outward symbols of inward, spiritual realities.

X. God, in His eternal purpose, has also appointed a day of judgment; a day in which He will judge all humanity in righteousness by Jesus Christ. Every human who has ever lived will appear before Christ to give an account of their life and to receive either everlasting life in the presence of God, or everlasting torment in hell.

 

More complete statements of the doctrines believed and taught by the Church are found in our church's constitution and our membership covenant.