Statement of Faith
What We Believe
WE BELIEVE that the Word of God—the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments—are given by inspiration of God and therefore, being thus inerrant and infallible, are the only rule of faith and practice.
WE BELIEVE there is but one only living and true God, who is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable is his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth, a most pure spirit, and that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—the same in substance, equal in power and glory, and that God governs and preserves all his creatures and all their actions by his most holy, wise, and powerful providence.
WE BELIEVE that man was created male and female, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, and that man fell by sinning against God. Therefore, all mankind in Adam lost communion with God, are under his wrath and curse, so made liable to all miseries in this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell forever.
WE BELIEVE that the only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Son of God. He became man by taking to himself a true body and a reasonable soul. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary and was born without sin. Therefore, he was and continues to be God and man in two distinct natures and one person forever, and he will return visibly and with glory at the last day to judge both the living and the dead.
WE BELIEVE in the necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation, by being made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ by the effectual application of it to us by his Holy Spirit, by his working faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Christ. In order for a sinner to be saved he must be justified, which is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardons all his sins, and accepts him as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to him, and received by faith alone. Following justification, a man is adopted into the number of the sons of God, is sanctified after the image of God, to die more unto sin and live more unto righteousness.
The Resurrection, Heaven, and Hell
WE BELIEVE that the souls of believers at their death are made perfect in holiness, and immediately pass into glory, and that their bodies rest in their graves until the resurrection, whereby they will be made perfectly blessed to enjoy God to all eternity. The wicked, who do not know God, shall be cast into eternal torments, and be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.