What We believe
Our Puritan forebears had a saying: “Truth is unto righteousness!” By this they meant that what one believes profoundly affects how he lives, and is therefore of great importance. Thus, we give considerable emphasis to the matter of doctrine.
We adhere, first of all, to the most fundamental of Biblical teachings as reflected in the ancient creeds of the Church. These include the conviction that the Bible is the Word of the living God, infallible in every sense, and the final arbiter in all matters of faith. We also believe that God is triune - one God in three persons, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. We believe that man is by nature sinful, under the condemnation of a holy God, and is in need of a savior. We believe in the deity of Christ, the God-man, who being without sin, died to atone for our sin, was raised bodily from the dead, and will come again in glory. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, who applies to us the fruit of the redemptive work of Christ. And we believe in the Church as the body of Christ, instituted for the purpose of facilitating worship among His people, bringing the lost to a saving knowledge of Him, and building them up in their faith.
We also adhere to the teachings given expression in the Protestant Reformation, and reflected in the Westminster Confession of Faith. These include the priesthood of believers and what some have called the doctrines of grace. The latter include the teachings of unconditional election, total depravity, particular redemption, effectual calling, and the perseverance of the saints. We believe that salvation comes from faith in Christ, and faith alone, and Him alone. We also believe that God, in His covenantal dealings with His people, embrace our children in that covenant, placing us under obligation to give them covenant recognition. That recognition, known as baptism, is to be applied to the children of believers, as well as those who come to Christ from an unbelieving background as adults.
We believe that a pattern for church organization is set forth in Scripture that is normative for the church throughout the ages. It involves spiritual oversight given to men identified as elders, and responsibility for material concerns being given the deacons. The unity of the church, further, is given expression as individual congregations are authoritatively bound together for fellowship, service, and discipline in presbyteries and synods.
We believe that history as we know it will one day come to a consummation, that, through a final judgment, justice will ultimately prevail, and that the effects of the curse of sin will be completely reversed with the creation of a new heavens and new earth.
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