WHAT WE BELIEVE

CREEDS AND CONFESSIONS

We are Christian church committed to the Bible. We confess Jesus Christ as the only Savior and the Sovereign Lord over all of life. 


Throughout history, the Church has confessed what it believes by faithfully summarizing the truths of the Bible in written forms known as creeds and confessions. These confessions do not hold the same authority as the Bible, but they help to summarize the Bible's teaching. We confess the ecumenical creeds  of the ancient Church which have defined the church for hundreds of years and the Three forms of Unity which have defined Reformed teaching. These are summaries of basic Bible truths held by Christians throughout the ages and throughout the world.

REFORMED DISTINCTIVES

The Three Forms of Unity are essential confessions to our Reformed faith. These confessions are committed to the historic teachings of the Protestant Reformation. They emphasizes how God has revealed himself in Jesus Christ and what it means for Christ to be at the center of the Church's life and thought.

DOCTRINAL SUMMARY


THE BIBLE


Is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, without error. It is God's infallible and authoritative revelation for faith and practice and is central to the life of the church. The source of all that the church does.




GOD


There is only one true and living God who eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is an invisible spirit, eternal, incomprehensible, unchangeable, self-sufficient, perfectly holy, just, loving, merciful, powerful, wise, and good. He knows all things and is everywhere present. God is the Creator of the heavens and earth and all that they contain. He upholds and governs all things in accordance with his eternal will, is sovereign, and orchestrates all things with great care.





HUMANITY


All people are created in the image of God, made to reflect God's glory and character. But because of the first man's sin: Adam, all people are born sinners, dead, and enemies of God. Human beings are totally unable to save themselves from God's wrath, except it be by His mercy and grace.





SALVATION


God determined that sinners may receive forgiveness and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. He alone sovereignly chooses those whom he will save. No human merit will bring redemption. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.





JESUS CHRIST


Jesus the eternal Son of God who took upon himself a human nature, by being born of a Virgin. He has  both a divine and human nature--united in one person. He lived a perfect sinless life, died a sacrificial death, bore the sins of his people and undertook the wrath of God. He rose from the dead and was raised for the justification of his people, ascended to the right hand of God, and there he intercedes, mediates, and governs perfectly. He has been given all authority in heaven and on earth by the Father.


He will come again to judge the living and the dead, bringing his people into his eternal kingdom. Christ is renewing all things. At his second coming he will cosign his enemies to eternal judgement. Christ continues his mission as a reigning King by seeking and saving the lost through his church as she proclaims the gospel. He has commissioned the church to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:16-20).




HOLY SPIRIT


The Spirit makes dead men alive and brings them to trust Christ, enabling them to follow him. He grants strength and wisdom to all those who are in Christ and indwells God's people as a seal and guarantee of the age to come (1 Cor. 1:22).





THE CHURCH AND KINGDOM


The church is caught up in the greatest drama ever told. Nevertheless, it is beleaguered here on earth and must never forget God's powerful kingdom is growing in the midst of her frailty. At the end of history the Church wins! For Christ has inaugurated his kingdom and at the end it will be consummated, not by human hands but by his Word and Spirit.