Confessional Statement

The Triune God: The gospel originates in the eternal purposes of God 
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace. (Gen. 1:1-3; Deut. 6:4; Job 42:2; Ps. 86:15, 115:3, 138:5; Isa. 6:3; Dan. 4:25, 34-35; Matt. 16:16, 28:19; John 1:1-3, 14, 18, 6:46, 20:31; Acts 2:33; 1 Cor. 8:6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:3-14; Col. 1:15-16; Heb. 1:2-3, 8, 11:3; 1 John 4:7-8; Rev. 22:13)

Revelation: The gospel is grounded and revealed in the Holy Scriptures  
God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word. Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness preclude the possibility of knowing God’s truth exhaustively, but we affirm that, enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God’s revealed truth truly. The Bible is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel. Most importantly, all Scripture is a testimony to Jesus Christ, who is himself the focus of divine revelation and redemption. (Ps. 19:7-10; Prov. 30:5; Isa. 40:8; Matt. 24:35; Luke 21:44-48; John 5:39, 16:13-15, 17:17; Acts 17:24-25; Rom. 15:4, 16:25-26; 1 Cor. 14:37; 2 Tim. 3:16; Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:10-11; 2 Peter 1:21)

Creation of Humanity: The gospel is reflected in loving relationship  
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church. In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role within the church given to qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments. (Gen. 1:26-30, 31, 2:15, 18-24, 9:6; Ps. 8:3-8; Acts 17:26-31; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Tim. 2:12-13; 3:1-7; Titus 2:3-5; James 3:9)

The Fall: The gospel is the answer to our deepest need  
We believe that Adam and Eve, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness—for himself and all his progeny—by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being (e.g., physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death—apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself. (Gen. 2:17, 3; Deut. 29:4; Rom. 1:18-32, 3:10-18, 23, 5:12-19, 6:16, 20, 7:13-25, 8:7-8, 23; 1 Cor. 2:4, 15:21; 2 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 2; Col. 1:21-22, 3:10-11)

The Plan of God: The gospel is the gracious initiation of God
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, and to this end foreknew them and chose them. We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them—all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer. (Prov. 16:33, 19:21; Isa. 46:9-10; Matt. 24:14; John 17:2, 4; Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 1:3-6, 11, 3:11; Phil. 2:11; 2 Tim. 1:9; 1 Peter 1:20; Rev. 5:9, 13:8, 14:6, 17:9)

The Gospel: The gospel is centered on the person of Jesus 
We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ—God’s very wisdom. This news is utter folly to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved. The gospel is christological, centering on the cross and resurrection: the gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed, and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central (the message is: “Christ died for our sins . . . [and] was raised”). This good news is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins, to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others), apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events), and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and held firmly, as individual persons are saved). (Rom. 4:25, 5:8; 1 Cor. 1:18-31, 15:1-8, 22-23; Col. 1:21-23; 1 Thess. 2:3-6; 1 Peter 3:18;  2 Peter 1:16-21)

The Redemption of Christ: The gospel is accomplished through the finished work of Jesus  
We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As the mediatorial King, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate. We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God: on the cross he canceled sin, propitiated God, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Because God chose the lowly things of this world, the despised things, the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, no human being can ever boast before him—Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. (Matt. 16:16, 28:6; Luke 1:34-35, 22:69; John 1:1-18, 29, 3:16-17, 15:4, 19:40-41; Acts 1:9-11; 2:23, 33, 4:12, 27-28, 17:31; Rom. 3:24-26, 5:18-19; 1 Cor. 1:18-31; 15:3-4; Gal. 4:4; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:9-11; Col. 1:13-14, 2:13-14; Heb. 2:14-154:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18; 1 John 2:1)

The Justification of Sinners: The gospel is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone 
We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God’s justice on our behalf. By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners. We believe that a zeal for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification. (Rom. 3:23-24, 28, 4:4-8, 5:1, 15-17; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:8-9; Titus 3:5-7)

The Holy Spirit: The gospel is applied by the power of the Holy Spirit   
We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Spirit's agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God's family; they participate in the divine nature and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts. The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. (John 7:39, 14:16-17, 26, 16:7-14; Rom. 8:7-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Cor. 2:10-14, 3:16, 12:3-11, 13; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30; Titus 3:5-7; 1 John. 4:13, 5:6-7)

The Kingdom of God: The gospel is good news about the Kingdom 
We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it: rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God. Recognizing whose created order this is, and because we are citizens of God’s kingdom, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God. The kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God’s sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation. The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan’s dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God. (Isa. 9:6-7, 60:15-22; Jer. 29:4-7; Dan. 2:44; Matt. 3:2, 5:13-16, 6:9-10, 12:25-28, 13:1-52, 25:31-46; Luke 17:20-21; John 3:3, 13:34-35; 18:36; 1 Cor. 15:22-28; Col. 1:13; Gal. 6:9-10; Phil. 3:20; Eph. 2:19; Heb. 11:10, 16, 28, 13:14; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Rev. 1:5-6, 11:15, 21:1-4)

The Church: The gospel is proclaimed, embodied, and made visible through the community of Jesus  
We believe in the one universal Church, composed of all those, in every time and place, who are chosen in Christ and united to Him through faith by the Spirit in one Body, with Christ Himself as the all-supplying, all-sustaining, and all-authoritative Head. We believe that the ultimate purpose of the Church is to glorify God in joyful worship. We believe it is God’s will that the universal Church find expression in local churches in which believers agree together to hear the Word of God proclaimed, to engage in corporate worship, to practice the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, to build each other’s faith through love, to hold each other accountable in the obedience of faith through Biblical discipline, and to be a continual witness to God in the world. The Church is a body in which each member should find a suitable ministry for His gifts; it is the household of God in which the Spirit dwells; it is the pillar of God’s truth in a truth-denying world; and it is a city set on a hill so that men may see the light of its good deeds – especially to the poor – and give glory to the Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:14-16, 28:18-20; Luke 14:13-14; Acts 8:1; Rom. 12:6-8, 15:26; 1 Cor. 11:23-26, 12:4-7, 13-18, 14:26, 16:19; Gal. 2:10, 6:1; Eph. 1:22, 2:20-22, 3:6, 10, 4:11-12, 15-16, 5:23; Col. 1:18, 3:15-16, 4:5-6; 1 Tim. 3:15; 2 Tim. 4:1-2; James 5:19-20; Rev. 5:9-12)

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: The gospel is displayed through the ordinances  
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. We believe baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We also believe in baptism by immersion  because it is not only the original significance of the word, but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ. We believe the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby disciples of Jesus remember the past work of Jesus on the cross, celebrate the present work of Jesus at the Father’s right hand, and anticipate the future work of Jesus in his return for his church. Together these sacraments are our public vows of submission to Christ and display of the gospel. (Matt. 3:6, 26:26-30; John 6:53-57, 63; Acts 2:38, 8:36-39, 18:8; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-26; Gal. 3:26-27; Col. 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)

The Restoration of All Things: The gospel promises are fully and finally realized in the return of Jesus 
We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust—the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all and his people will be enthralled by the immediacy of his ineffable holiness, and everything will be to the praise of his glorious grace. (Isa. 65:17, 66:22; Dan. 12:2; Matt. 25:46; Mark 14:61-62; Acts 3:21, 17:31; Rom. 8:19-21; 1 Cor. 4:5, 12:22-28; 2 Cor. 5:8; Eph. 2:6-7; Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 3:4; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 1:9; 2 Tim. 4:1; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2 Peter 3:13)
*Our confessional statement is adapted from the confessional statement of The Gospel Coalition.