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Statement of Beliefs

We would like you to know what our doctrinal emphases are, as sketched below. If you would like to read our church’s full statement of faith, you may read it online here. Printed copies are also available in the lobby of the main Sanctuary.


SUMMARY OF BELIEFS

1. Scripture as found in the 66 books of the Canon is the verbal disclosure of the mind and will of God, containing everything for which we need a word from God and all that we need in order to know and serve Him, God-breathed and inerrant in the original text (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21). What Scripture says, God says, and God has spoken in it fully and finally (Heb. 1:1-2; 2:1-4).

2. God is the font of holiness, wisdom, righteousness and love, sovereign creator and Lord of all, eternally one as to His essence and three as to His persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:18-20; Jn. 1:1; Acts 6:3-5).

3. Man was created in God’s image but Adam’s rebellion brought sin, death, misery and hopeless brokenness to all mankind, so that all men suppress God’s truth until a work of sovereign grace brings them to repentant faith and life (Gen. 1:26-28; Rom 1:18-32; Eph. 2:1f.).

4. Jesus Christ is eternal God who took on a human nature to be the believer’s perfect prophet, priest and king, giving His perfect life and shedding His blood to satisfy God’s justice and absorb the wrath of God for the sake of His people, rising bodily from the dead, ascending to the Father’s right hand, ready to return personally to establish His kingdom on earth (Matt. 20:28; Jn. 1:1, 14; Rom. 3:21-31).

5. Salvation is a work of God’s sovereign grace in which He gives spiritual life to dead sinners, using the Gospel to bring them to repentant faith in Christ alone by grace alone, transferring them to His family and holding them forever so that none can separate from His love (Jn. 6:37, 44; Rom. 1:16; 8:28-39; Eph. 2:1-10).

6. The universal Christian church is comprised of all who since Pentecost have come to saving faith in Christ, and the local church is Christ’s agent in communicating the Gospel and discipling believers, led by elders, centrally focusing on the preaching, teaching and obeying of God’s Word, and observing Christ’s commands of water immersion of all converts and regular enjoyment of Communion (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38, 41-42; 1 Cor. 11:20-34).

7. The Holy Spirit is poured out richly on every believer, each of whom is baptized in the Spirit into Christ’s body. He seals and indwells us, glorifying Christ, leading us to live according to God’s Word and building Christ’s character in us (1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 5:22-23; Titus 3:5-6).

8. Spiritual gifts are part of the bounty of Christ’s work on the Cross, by which He gives every believer at least one special enablement for service within the local church. Revelatory and attesting gifts such as unlearned languages and direct words from God fulfilled their purpose, leaving a complete Canon and a host of ongoing gifts for service until Christ comes for His church (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4:11ff.; Heb. 2:1-4).