Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

Our doctrine is described most fully in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. However, these are lengthy 17th century documents. This page contains a summary of a few major heads of doctrine.

God’s Word

We believe that the Bible is God’s holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word. In other words, we believe that the Bible never lies, because “God never lies” (Titus 1:2), and “All Scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is made up of 66 books, and every book presents the Law of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our trinitarian God

We believe that there is only one living and true God, and He reveals Himself in the Bible. Scripture reveals that God is infinite and eternal, perfect in all His attributes. Scripture also reveals that God is covenantal and relational. That is the basis of the doctrine of the Trinity: We worship one God, who is an eternal relationship between three Persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Our sin and our savior

We believe that we are all born into sin’s guilt and corruption because of Adam’s fall into sin. Scripture teaches that all humans are lost in sin and misery, doomed to die without God’s fellowship. But Jesus came into the world to save sinners from sin and death. Jesus lived a perfect life to give us righteousness and died on the cross to atone for our sins and reconcile us to God.

The church

The Church is not simply a building or a club–the Church is the Bride and Body of Christ. Christians thrive in community with each other, and God calls us to build each other up, to meet together, and to submit to church leaders. We believe that church membership is the best way to fulfill these responsibilities. Members of the Invisible Church are all true believers throughout all times and places. Members of the Visible Church are all who profess faith in Christ, along with their children.

The sacraments

We believe that Jesus instituted two Sacraments for the Church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These are signs and seals of the New Covenant. We trust that God’s covenant is for us and our children, so we baptize believers and their children. All baptized believers who are members of a Gospel-preaching Church are welcomed to be nourished by the Lord’s Supper.

The last things

We believe that Jesus reigns from heaven as King, and he will return to judge the living and the dead. When He comes down from heaven, he will resurrect all people, the righteous to a resurrection of life, and the wicked to a resurrection of judgment. In order to be saved from God’s wrath and enjoy His blessed fellowship in heaven, all people must repent and believe in Jesus Christ.