OUR FAITH AND DOCTRINE
We believe the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life. We affirm three creeds - The Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed - as eccumenical expressions of the Christian faith. We also affirm three confessions, the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Cannons of Dort - as historic Reformed expressions of the Christian faith, whose doctrines fully agree with the Word of God.
Along with these historic creeds and confessions, we recognize the witness of Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony adopted by synod as a current Reformed expresion of the Christian faith, and the Belhar Confession , adopted by synod as an ecumenical faith declaration.
GOD(Father, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT)
We believe that God exists as three persons - God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit - in one unchanging nature. We believe that God existed before time, space, and matter and that he created time space and matter. We believe that Jesus was sent by the Father to be born of the Virgin Marry. We believe that He took on flesh and walked amongst us both fully man and fully God. Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate and died, his blood paying the price of our salvation. Three days later he resurrected, walked amongst his disciples for 40 days and then ascended to Heaven where he now sits at the right hand of the Father. We believe that when Jesus ascended he sent the Holy Spirit to guide us and to strengthen us.
God is omniscient and omnipotent. He knows all things because he has foreordained all things before the beginning of time. He is all powerful and capable of fulfilling His will. We do not know the mind of God and we cannot fully understand his ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, His ways higher than our ways.
JUSTIFICATION, Santification, and salvation
We believe that all people deserve eternal damnation because we have all sinned by breaking the mandates of a perfect and righteous God. A perfectly just God must judge perfectly, and therefore a price must be paid for our sin. God, being perfectly merciful sent His Son Jesus to pay that price. Jesus lived among us, he was tempted by the devil, mocked by the masses, falsely accused, beaten, and crucified. He went to the cross completely sinless, a spotless lamb, the perfect sacrifice to save an imperfect people.
It is through faith alone in Jesus Christ that we are justified and by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are sanctified. We have no right to boast for anything that we have done, for we have attributed nothing to our salvation. Unless God first choses us, we will never chose Him. He has chosen His people for His own pleasure and glory. Praise be to God!
SOLA SCRIPTURA (Scripture alone)
Scripture is the infallible Word of God, the ultimate and supreme authority. Scripture governs the church, our traditions, and our beliefs.
SOLA FIDE (faith alone)
We are saved by our faith in Christ, but that faith is not from us, but a gift from God.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).
SOLA GRATIA (GRACE alone)
Scripture is the infallible Word of God, the ultimate and final authority. Scripture governs the church, our traditions, and our beliefs.
SOLUS CHRISTUS (Christ ALONE)
Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).
SOLi deo gloria (to the glory of god alone)
All that we do, all that we live for, every bit of our existence is to the glory of God alone!
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17).