This local church accepts the Holy Scriptures as its supreme and complete authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. Much (not all) of our Statement of Faith parallels the Second London Confession of Faith of 1689. While we do not accept the confession as the authoritative rule of faith, we believe it to be an excellent summary of the teachings of Scripture, and a help in controversy.
The Scriptures: The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God, and are therefore the infallible, completed Word of God without error in their original manuscripts. As such, Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
God: There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
The Trinity: God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. Providence: God from eternity decrees all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
Election: Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life — not because of foreseen merit in them, but because of his mercy in Christ — in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.
The Fall of Man: God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.
The Mediator: Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the Law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father at whose hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.
Effectual Calling/Regeneration: Those whom God has predestinated to life, He is pleased in His appointed and accepted time to effectually call by His Word and Spirit, out of that state of sin and death which they are in by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ. He enlightens their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God. He takes away their heart of stone and gives to them a heart of flesh. He renews their wills, and by His almighty power, causes them to desire and pursue that which is good. He effectually draws them to Jesus Christ, yet in such a way that they come absolutely freely, being made willing by His grace.
Repentance: Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.
Faith: Faith through which God saves is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.
Justification: Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.
Sanctification: Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands.
Perseverance of the Saints: Those in union with Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
The Church: The Church is the body of Christ composed of all those who have been regenerated and possessed of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. In Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches He has given authority for administering the order, discipline and worship which He has appointed. The regular offices of the local church are Elders and Deacons.
Baptism: Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper. The ordinance of baptism has no power to save men from their sins, but is outward symbol of union with Christ.
The Lord’s Supper: The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine (or juice), and to be observed by His churches until His return. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate his death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper has no power to save men from their sins, but is outward symbol of union with Christ.
The Judgment: God: in His eternal purpose, has appointed a day of judgment; a day in which He will judge all mankind in righteousness by Jesus Christ. Every human who has ever lived will appear before Christ to give an account of their life and to receive either everlasting life in the presence of God, or everlasting torment in hell.