What We Believe

We are a confessional church with historic roots in the ancient faith of the Christian church and in the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation.

1. We Are Christian  

We are Christian in the sense that we affirm the classic doctrines of Christian orthodoxy defined by the ecumenical creeds from the first five centuries of the early church.  

 

  The Apostles' Creed

  The Nicene Creed

  The Athanasian Creed

  The Definition of Chalcedon 

2. We Are Evangelical 

We are also evangelical in the sense that we affirm the five solas of historic Protestantism: sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, soli Christo, and soli deo gloria.  Sola Scriptura (or Scripture alone) refers to the belief that because the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are alone inspired by God, and therefore the infallible and inerrant Word of God, that they alone are the rule for faith and practice among the Christian community and alone can bind the conscience of the believer.  Sola fide (or faith alone) is the belief that the Christian believer is justified (declared righteous) before God's heavenly throne (now and forevermore) through faith alone.  This declaration of a perfect, righteous standing before God, complete entrance into heaven, and the total forgiveness of all sin is only by grace alone (sola gratia) and on account of the imputation of Christ's meritorious righteousness alone (soli Christo).

 

Therefore, the Christian believer is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone and all to the glory of God alone (soli deo gloria)!   

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3.  We Are Reformed 

We are reformed in the sense that we affirm those distinctive doctrines that are unique to the Calvinist tradition and are contained in the Westminster Standards and the Three Forms of Unity.  As the reformers confessed:  ecclesia reformata semper reformanda est (The Reformed church is always reforming).

 

The Westminster Standards (American Version):

  The Westminster Confession of Faith 

  The Westminster Larger Catechism

  The Westminster Shorter Catechism

 

Other helpful documents on our confessional standards.

 

The Three Forms of Unity

  The Belgic Confession

  The Heidelberg Catechism

  The Canons of Dort

 

Other Confessional Documents of the Christian Church