Affirmation of Faith
We are in substantial agreement with orthodox creeds and confessions such as the 1689 London Baptist Confession and the more recent statement issued by the Southern Baptist Convention entitled The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. A summary of our core beliefs follows:
- We believe in the authority, inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of the Old and New Testaments; that the original writings were verbally inspired by God; and that the Bible is the final authority for faith and life.
- We believe in the Triune God who has existed eternally as one true God in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit equal in power and glory yet distinct in their respective roles in creation, providence, and redemption.
- We believe in the Father who concerns Himself mercifully and purposefully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
- We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who was with the Father from all eternity and who took on human flesh through the virgin birth, lived a perfect life, died an atoning death, rose again from the dead, and ascended to the Father’s right hand. We look forward to His visible return to consummate His kingdom.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, sent from the Father to glorify the Son. It is He who convicts of sin, regenerates, and indwells every believer.
- We believe in the fall of man through Adam’s sin; that though man was created in the image of God, all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory and deserve His condemnation.
- We believe that only those who trust in the substitutionary, saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross are justified, delivered from condemnation, and receive new and everlasting life.
- We believe that this new and everlasting life leads to a turning from sin and a desire to please God with a life of holiness and good works.
- We believe in one, holy, universal church made up of all who trust Jesus Christ as Savior and that God calls His people to unite together to worship, serve, and grow in the knowledge of Him.
- We believe that Jesus has instituted two ordinances for His church: baptism and His supper. Baptism is a public demonstration and confession of faith in Christ and is done in the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit in the presence of God’s people. The Lord’s Supper is a sign of a believer’s union with Christ and His church, having been bought, cleansed, and nourished by Him in newness of life.
- We believe Scripture teaches that human life comes from, and ultimately belongs to, God. Therefore, abortion and euthanasia are contrary to Scripture, violations of the commandment against murder.
- We believe that God created mankind in His image: male and female, sexually different but complementary with equal dignity and value. Accordingly, we believe that marriage is an institution ordained by God consisting of one man and one woman and that sexual intimacy is intended by God to occur only within the context of biblical marriage for the strengthening of the marital relationship to the glory of God. Therefore we believe that any sexual activity outside of marriage including but not limited to adultery, fornication, homosexual conduct, use of pornography, and denial of one’s biological sex is contrary to God’s intention and is sin.
The Solas of the Protestant Reformation
Sola Scriptura The Bible is the sole written divine revelation, our only infallible rule for faith and life, and alone can bind the conscience of believers absolutely (Matt. 4:4; 2 Tim. 3:16).
Sola Fide Justification is by faith alone. By God’s free grace, the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to us by faith and is the sole ground of our acceptance by God, by which our sins are pardoned (Rom. 5:1; Gal 2:16).
Solus Christus Jesus Christ is the only mediator through Whose work we are redeemed (John 14:6; John 3:16).
Our salvation rests solely on the work of God’s grace for us (Rom. 2:4; Eph. 2:8-10).
Soli Deo Gloria Salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God, therefore to God alone belongs the glory (Isa. 42:8; Col. 3:17).
The historic five points of Calvinism, simplified in the acrostic TULIP, distinguish Reformed theology at the key points of issue, but in no way exhaust the content of Reformed theology. These five points include:
T - total depravity
U - unconditional election
L - limited atonement
I - irresistible grace
P - perseverance of the saints