Applying the Gospel of Christ to the real lives of real people living in the real world.
What Do We Believe?
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these Essentials:
- We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever! He is a pursuing God who intimately loves His people. His ultimate passion is to love and be loved by the people He has rescued from this groaning creation.
- Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator. Strictly because of what He accomplished 2000 years ago, His perfectly faithful life, His death on the Cross, and His resurrection, three things have been purchased for all of God’s people. First, now God cannot judge us again, ever. He will never condemn us or reject us. He has judged, condemned and rejected Jesus in our place. Secondly, Jesus’ perfect faithfulness earned all of God the Father’s love per the Torah. Mysteriously, that enduring perfect love was transferred to our life-record. Now, God has to love us with all of the love in the universe, as much as the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father. He can’t love us any more or less than He does right now. Third, we have been adopted to be children of infinite honor. Now God, all because of the work of Christ, is actually proud of us.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. His passion is to make us really experience the height, width, depth and length of the love of God for us right now. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
- The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). It is by the work of the Holy Spirit in us that we can be more and more motivated to want to go and tell the good news to others. To that end, we are instructed to ask of the Spirit daily to make us feel the love of God that Jesus purchased for ourselves and His love for others as well.