Statement of Faith
WHAT WE BELIEVE
1. The Word of God. We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the final authority for all Christian faith and life. (II Tim. 3:16-17, II Pet. 1:19-21, Matt. 5:17-18, John 10:34-36).
2. God. We believe in one God, creator of all things; infinite in love, wisdom, power and righteousness; sovereignly ruling over all present circumstances and future ends; and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4, Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14).
3. Father. We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal spirit. We believe that He actively intervenes in the affairs of mankind, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Ex. 34:6-7, John 3:16, John 4:23-24, Eph. 1:3).
4. The Son. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life. He died on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He rose bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He is now our High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of the Father. He will return to earth to destroy evil, raise the dead, judge all men, and rule as King over the coming eternal Kingdom of God. (John 1:1-8, Col. 1:15-23, Eph. 1:15-23, Heb. 7:23-25, Rev. 19-22).
5. Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and the Son. The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Specifically, the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ; He gives new birth to believing sinners; and He indwells, sanctifies, leads, teaches, and empowers believers for godly living and service. We believe that the ministry of the Spirit continues to be tangible and powerful as it was in the early church. We also believe that all the biblical gifts of the Spirit continue to be distributed by the Spirit today; that these gifts are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry; and that these gifts are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines. (John 3:3-8, John 14:15-27, Rom. 8:9-17, Rom. 12:3-8, I Cor. 12-14, Gal. 5:16-26, Eph. 5:18-21).
6. Man. We believe God created man in the image of God, holy and without sin. We believe the first man rebelled against God bringing the curse of sin and death to the earth and the human race. As a result of this rebellion, man is now a sinner by nature and action and is therefore spiritually dead. We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are spiritually born again to new life by the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:27, Eph. 2:1-9, Rom. 3:9-26, Rom. 5:12-21, Acts 2:38-39).
7. Salvation. We believe that salvation is a free gift of God and is received by man through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds for forgiveness of sins for all who believe and that only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Spirit, become children of God, and are given eternal life. (Eph. 2:4-9, Tit. 3:5-7, Rom. 3:21-31; John 3:16-17, Acts 16:29-34, Rom. 10:9-10, John 8:23-24, John 14:6, I Tim. 2:3-6).
8. Resurrection. We believe in the bodily resurrection from the dead - of the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25, I Cor. 15: 35-38, II Cor. 5: 1-10, II Thes. 1:5-10, Rev. 20-21).
9. The Church. We believe that the Church is composed of all people who through saving faith in Jesus Christ are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head. (Eph. 1:22, Eph. 2:14-22, Eph. 4:1-5).
10. The Sacraments. We believe there are two sacraments given by Christ to strengthen our faith as members of His Church - baptism and communion.
•Baptism reminds us of God’s eternal covenant to freely give us the gifts of forgiveness and righteousness by faith. Baptism symbolizes both the washing away of our sins through faith in Christ and our resurrection to a new life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
•Communion reminds us of Christ’s death for us, our devotion to Him, and the wonderful provisions of God’s salvation under the New Covenant. The bread symbolizes Christ’s body, which was broken for us; the wine symbolizes Christ’s blood, which was shed for us; the table symbolizes our peace with God and our adoption into His eternal family; and our eating and drinking symbolize our commitment to live as devoted disciples of Jesus.
11. Kingdom of God. We believe that the coming of the Kingdom of God began with the ministry of Jesus Christ, that it continues in the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ when He returns to the earth as King. We believe that after Christ returns, he will bring about the ultimate defeat of Satan, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and the eternal blessing of the righteous. At that time, the promised Kingdom of God will be completely fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, in which, there will be no more curse, in which God will be tangibly present with His people and in which we will reign over the new creation in righteousness and peace forever. Amen! (Matt. 4:23, Matt. 12:28, Acts 1:1-8, Acts 2:14-39, Rom. 14:17-18, Mark 13:26, I Thes. 4:15-17, Rev. 19:11-16, Rev. 20:10, Rev. 21:1-5).
12. Christian Responsibility. We believe that the highest priorities for every believer are the Great Commandments; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself.” These commands are fulfilled by glorifying God, enjoying Him and fulfilling His Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” These pursuits require personal commitments to live by the truth of God’s Word and to depend on the power of His Spirit. Practically, both the Word and the Spirit call us to a life of Christ-like character, wholehearted worship, generous giving, unselfish service, and compassionate outreach to the lost. (Matt. 22:37-40, Matt. 28:19-20; II Tim. 3:16-17, Eph. 5:18-21; Eph. 4:12-13, John 4: 23-24, Luke 6: 38, Matt. 20: 26-28, Luke 15).
13. Church Tradition. Although we accept only the Bible as God’s inerrant Word and as our highest authority in faith and practice, we also honor the diligent efforts of our forefathers to express biblical faith through creeds and confessions. Together with our fellow congregations in the Reformed Church in America, we embrace the historical creeds of the Church and the great confessions of the Protestant reformed tradition as orthodox expressions of biblical faith. (II Tim 3:16-17, Matt. 15:7-8.)