Statement of Faith

Thank you for finding interest in our church and what we believe! Below you will be able to view some of our essential beliefs. Our elders and teachers are committed to teaching and practicing these specific views, especially in the primary issues, such as, our view of God and the Gospel.

1. God

We affirm the Trinity, which is the biblical and orthodox view of God.

  • God is monotheistic meaning there is one and only one true living God.

(Deuteronomy 6:4, 4:35-39, Isaiah 40:18, 45:5, 46:9; John 17:3, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, 1 Timothy 2:5, James 2:19)

  • The one true God is triune in being. In the Godhead, there are not three entities nor three beings; rather, within the single divine essence are three separate, distinct subsistences or individuals that we call persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. Each person of the Holy Trinity is God, but they are not one another.

(Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, Isaiah 6:8, Psalm 45:6-7, Amos 4:10-11, John 5:22, John 14:16, 26, 16:13-15, 20:21-22, Romans 8:9, 15:16, 30, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, Galatians 4:4-6, Ephesians 2:18, 4:4-6, 1 Peter 1:1-2, 1 John 4:2, 13-14, Jude 20-21)

  • We affirm the biblical doctrine of the Hypostatic Union of Christ — Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is 100% God and 100% man, yet remained sinless.

(John 1:1, 20:28, Romans 9:5, Philippians 2:5-7, Hebrews 1:3, 8, 10, 2 Peter 1:1)
(Luke 2:40, 52, 23:46, Matthew 4:2, Mark 13:32, John 1:14, 19:28, Hebrews 4:15)
(John 8:29, 46, 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5)

  • We affirm that God is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and sovereign over all creation.

(Psalm 147:4-5, Isaiah 40:28, Romans 11:33-36, Proverbs 15:3, Jeremiah 23:24, Psalm 139:7-10, Job 34:21, Ephesians 4:6, Jeremiah 32:27, Luke 1:37, Psalm 147:5, Mark 10:27, Job 36:26, 37:23, Ephesians 6:10, )

2. Sin & The Gospel

We believe that all have sinned and deserve the wrath of God; however, God sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to live a pleasing life in his sight, died on the cross for the sins of his people, was buried and rose again on the third day in order to save those whom he has chosen.

  • We affirm the biblical doctrine of Original Sin – Man was created good and upright, in the image of God. However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.

(Genesis 1:26,27, 2:17, 3:6, Romans 5:12-19)

  • We affirm the only one and true gospel message being that our Lord, Jesus Christ, was sent by the Father to live a holy and perfect life without sin, but carried the weight and punishment of sin of sinners upon himself on the cross, to the point of shedding his blood and dying. He was buried, but on the third day he defeated death and rose again. The same way how the sinfulness and guilt of sinners was imputed into Him is the same way how His righteousness is imputed into those who believe and trust in His finished work. Salvation can only be found in the person and finished work of Christ.

(1 Cor. 15:3-4, John 1:29; Gal. 1:4; Heb. 5:1, 3; 1 Pet. 2:24, Isa. 53; Dan. 9:26; Zech. 13:7, Hos. 6:2; Matt. 12:40; John 2:22, Ps. 16:10; Isa. 53:10)

3. Salvation

We affirm the 5 Points of Calvinism or T.U.L.I.P, which is an acronym used to summarize the 5 points commonly known as the “Doctrines of Grace.”

  • Total Depravity – The result of Adam sinning against God in the Garden of Eden led to the corruption of all mankind. Man is spiritually dead and there is absolutely nothing that man can do to save himself from the sinful condition he is in. This curse and corruption has affected all areas of man: actions, thoughts, desires, and including choices (free will). In the spiritual dead state of man, he is enslaved to sin and enslaved to the will of the devil. While man is in this sinful and fallen condition, he is an enemy of God.

(Gen 2:15, Rom 1:18-Rom 3:20, Rom 8:7, 1 Cor 2:14, Titus 1:15)

  • Unconditional Election – Man cannot save himself or choose God own his own, therefore, it is God who chooses and saves man. Before the foundation of the world, God had chose some for salvation and left others to damnation. God’s election was not influenced by man’s will, exertion, or works, but is only in accordance to His good purpose and pleasure. It is only by God’s grace and love that He would choose to save any sinner.

(Rom 8:29-30, Eph 1:4, 2 Thess 2:13, 2 Tim 1:9, Rev 13:8, Rev 17:8)

  • Limited Atonement – Jesus Christ died and paid for the sins of His people, which are the elect. Jesus bore the sins of every single individual around the world that would ultimately inherit eternal life. What Jesus did on the cross satisfied the Father’s wrath, but only for those who have faith (the elect). By Jesus shedding his blood, he purchased (redeemed) those who are and will be His. The atonement of the Christ was intended only for God’s people, His elect, and this guarantees their salvation; His people will definitely be saved.

(John 3:1-21, 17:12-24, Rom 9:15, Eph 1:1-14, Eph 2:1-9)

  • Irresistible Grace – God sovereignly and graciously, at His appointed time, calls those whom He has elected for salvation out of the darkness and into the Light, Jesus Christ. The Spirit replaces the heart of stone with a new heart of flesh, and places a new spirit within them, having them no longer spiritually dead, but spiritually alive, giving them the ability to hear and respond to the gospel; the Father grants repentance, faith and even the desire to come to Jesus Christ. Man cannot resist God from doing this gracious work; therefore, it is irresistible.

(John 1:12-13,  Phil 1:29, Heb 12:2, John 6, Dan 4:35, Ps. 115:3)

  • Perseverance of the Saints – A believer who possesses eternal life will be eternally secured and sealed by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is eternal and cannot be lost or taken away; eternal life is never ending. God will not let His children, whom He loves, continue in habitual sin, but will discipline and chastise them so that they may endure. God faithfully secures and keeps His sheep, graciously continues to work in His children, and sovereignly does what ever in His power and might to have them persevere until the end.

(Is 54:10, Matt 18:14, John 3:16, John 3:36, John 6:35-40,  John 6:47, John 10:27-30, Rom 5:8-10, Rom 8:1, Rom 8:29-30, 1 Cor 1:7-9, 1 Cor 10:13, Eph 1:5, Eph 4:30, Col 3:3-4, Heb 9:12, 15, 1 Pt 1:3-5, 1 John 5:4, 11-13)

We affirm the 5 Solas of the Reformation:

  • Sola Scriptura – We believe that the Word of God is the sole infallible rule of faith for the Church. We believe that Scripture alone is the final rule of authority for all believers. We believe there is no other revelation from God outside of the Scriptures and that they alone are God-breathed. (theopneustos)

(Matt 15:16, Matt 22:31, 2 Tim 3:14-17)

  • Sola Gratia – We believe that we are saved by the grace of God alone. We believe that there is no work that we can perform to earn the grace of God, and consequently, there is no work that we can perform to repay God for the gift of grace. God freely gives this gift of grace to whom He chooses, therefore, He alone receives the glory.

(Acts 15:11, Rom 1:1-5, Rom 3:20-24, Rom 11:6, Eph 2:8-9)

  • Sola Fide – We believe that we are justified by faith alone in the perfect works of Jesus Christ. Our salvation does not rest on our works. Our salvation rests in our faith in Christ alone; His life, death, and resurrection on behalf of the elect.

(Gal 3:6-11, Rom 4:4-5, Eph 2:8-9)

  • Solus Christus – We believe that we are saved on the basis of the perfect and completed work of Jesus Christ alone. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and that no man can come to the Father apart from Christ. It is through Christ alone that we are saved, reconciled to God, and promised eternal life. There is no salvation apart from Christ.

(John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12, 1 Tim 2:5, Heb 2:16-17)

  • Soli Deo Gloria – We believe that God exist for His glory and that every action of God is done for His honor and glory alone to the exclusion of humanity’s self-glorification and pride. All of the Glory belongs to God alone. God is Glorious and is worthy of all praise, all honor and all Glory from all of His creation.

(Ex 36:22, Ps. 19:1, Ps 23, Is 48:9-11)

4. The Bible

We affirm the Infallibility and Inerrancy of Scripture.

We affirm that the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments which contain 66 books, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.

(2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)

The added books in the Roman Catholic Bible, most commonly known as the Apocrypha,  are not part of the canon or rule of the Scripture; therefore, these added books have no authority to the church of God nor should be accepted as Scripture, and should not be seen as anything else than mere human writings.

(Luke 24:27, 44, Romans 3:2, 2 Peter 1:21)

5. Church Government & Practices
  • We practice Congregationalism – We are regarded as independent and autonomous. Congregationalism emphasizes the right and responsibility of each properly organized congregation to determine its own affairs, without having to submit these decisions to the judgment of any higher human authority, as larger denominations practice.
  • We practice Believer’s Baptism – We maintain that the eligible candidate for baptism must profess a faith in the person and finished work of Christ and demonstrate repentance.
  • We practice Close-Communion – We regard the Lord’s Table as holy and restrict the elements to those who are members in good standing of a sound church or congregation.

For more doctrinal statements, please read the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.