Beliefs

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The Bible is our final authority in all things, as God’s inspired, infallible, and inerrant words.

  • We believe that the Bible is without error.
  • We believe that the infinite-personal God revealed in its pages made us all, that we rebelled against His authority and are all dead in sin and deserving of His just judgment.
  • We believe that the only hope of deliverance from that judgment is faith in the substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We fully believe the great truths that were recovered in the Protestant Reformation that summarize the teachings of the Bible and are explained in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.

  • We are a confessional church. This means that we have adopted a historic confession/creed that expresses what we believe the Bible teaches. Many Bible-loving Christians are adamant that we need “no creed but Christ”. But for Christians, a creed is simply a statement of what one believes that the Bible teaches. Every Christian has a creed…a set of beliefs about what the Bible teaches. By writing ours down into a Confession and Catechisms, we can be up-front about our beliefs, and we can quickly and easily teach our children and visitors the system of doctrine found in the Scripture.
  • Some Christians believe that creeds divide Christians. They would urge Christians to unite into some sort of “lowest common denominator” version of Christianity. On the contrary, we would rather urge Christians to prayerfully discuss the Scripture and let “iron sharpen iron”. This would help Christians to unite based on a common faith in the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).

Through this faith, God gives us Christ’s own righteous record of living, as well as wiping clean our miserable record. We are free and forgiven, adopted as His own children to live new lives by the power of His Spirit.    Read the Ultimate Questions booklet for a basic explanation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  See B.B. Warfield’s “A Brief and Untechnical Statement of the Reformed Faith” for a concise summary of Reformed distinctives.