The Tri-une God


We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine and distinct Persons. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. The Father is God, Jesus Christ is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace. 


 (Deut 6:4, Isa 44:6, 45:5, 1 Cor 8:4-6, Gen 1:2-3, Ps 110:1, Isa 61:1, 63:8-10, Mt 3:16-17, 28:18-19, Lk 4:18, Jn 14:26, 15:26, 2 Cor 13:14, Gal 4:6, Tit 3:5-6) 



Revelation


God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word. Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. The Bible is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. (Ps. 19:7-11, Jn. 1:1,14, 1 Thess. 2:13, 2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Jn. 14:15, 2 Jn. 1:6, 2 Peter 1:3) 



Creation and Humanity


We believe that The Tri-une God created the universe, the heavens and the earth, and everything contained within them, including mankind and creation, and that He sustains everything by His Sovereign decree. We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. We believe that Adam and Eve are both historical and that they belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church. In God’s purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of 
the church for her Lord. The distinctive leadership role within the church given to qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments. (Gen. 1-2, Rom. 1:20, Rom. 5:12-14, Is. 14:26-27, Col. 1:15-17, Acts 2:23, Heb. 11:3, 

Eph. 5:22-33, 1 Peter 3:1-7, 1 Tim. 3:1-7) 



The Fall


We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness—for himself and all his progeny—by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, completely corrupted and fully depraved in every aspect of their being (e.g., physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death—apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself. (Gen. 3, Ps. 8, Ps. 14:3, Eccl. 7:20, Jer. 17:9, Rom. 1:18-3:23, 5:12-21, Eph. 2:1-5) 


The Plan of God


We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation. He chose them before the foundations of the world and foreordained them. In love He predestined them to be adopted as his children. We believe that God alone justifies and sanctifies those who by grace have faith alone in Christ alone, and that he will one day glorify them—all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer. 
(Gen. 15:1-6, Is. 55:6-7, Rom. 9-11, Eph. 1:3-14, Eph. 2:8-9, Titus 2:14,Titus 3:5-6, Rev. 7:9-12) 



The Gospel


We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ—God’s very wisdom. Utter folly to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved, this good news is centered on the cross and resurrection: the gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed, and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central (the message is: "Christ died for our sins . . . and was raised”). This good news is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and saving (Christ died for our sins, to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others), apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events), and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and held firmly, individual persons are saved). 
 (Acts 4:12, Rom. 1:18, 1. Cor. 15:1-4, Eph. 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-6, Heb. 2:14-17) 



The Redemption of Christ


We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, and was born of a virgin. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As the mediator and King, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate. We believe that by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God: on the cross he canceled sin by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all 
those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. No human being can ever boast before him—Christ Jesus has become for us our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. (Is. 53:4-6, Rom. 3:23-24, Rom. 4:4-5, Eph. 2:4-5, Phil. 2:6-8, Col. 2:13-14)



The Justification of Sinners


We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God’s justice on our behalf. By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners. We believe that a zeal for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification. 
(Is. 53, Rom. 3:20-28, Rom. 5:1, Rom. 5:15-21, Col. 2:13-14, Gal. 2:16-17) 



The Power of the Holy Spirit


We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ and is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Spirit's agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God's family; they participate in the divine nature and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts. The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. 
(John 14:15-31, 16:8-15, 1 Cor. 6:19-20, 1 Cor. 12:4-26, Gal. 5:22-23, Eph. 1:11-14, Eph. 5:18, Titus 3:5) 



The Kingdom of God


We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it: rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God. Because we are citizens of God’s kingdom, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God. The kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God’s sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation. The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan’s dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God. (Jer. 29:7, Matt. 4:23, Matt. 5:13-16, Mark 1:15, Luke 9:2, Rom. 14:17, Gal. 6:10, Rev. 12:10) 



God’s New People


We believe that God’s new covenant people, this universal church, is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus each “local church” is, in fact, the church, the household of God, the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of the truth. The church is the body of Christ graven on his hands, and he has pledged himself to her forever. The church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by her love for God, and by her members’ love for one another and for the world. Christ Jesus is our peace: he has not only brought about peace with God, but also peace between alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. The church serves as a sign of God’s future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. The church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world. (Eph. 2:4-7, Eph. 2:11-22, Col. 1:19-20, Titus 2:14, Heb. 12:18-24) 



Baptism and the Lord’s Supper


We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. We believe and practice credobaptism (Credo comes from Latin for creed meaning “I believe”). Baptism in the NT always follows faith and repentance, it shows the covenant. Baptism is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, while the Lord’s Supper is connected with ongoing covenant renewal. Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things. (Jer. 31:31-34, Matt. 26:26-28, Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 2:37-38, Rom. 2:28-29, 1 Cor. 11:23-26, Col. 2:11-15) 


The Restoration of All Things


We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust—the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all to the praise of his glorious holiness and grace. (Mathew 13:39-42, 24:36-44, Luke 21:25-35, 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11, Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15, 21:1-5)