what we believe

How We Articulate Our Beliefs When We Teach

Scripture
We believe the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are God’s written Word.
They are God-breathed, perfect, true, authoritative, necessary, sufficient, profitable, and clear.

God and the Gospel
We believe in the Triune God who is one in essence and three in persons.
We believe in the Father, who made all things through the Son and by the Spirit.
He sent the Son and the Spirit to accomplish our salvation.

We believe in the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is truly God and truly man.
He is one person with two natures.
His two natures exist in one person without confusion, without change, without division, and without separation.
In obedience to the Father, He became human yet without sin.
He died for our sins and was buried.
He rose again on the third day and ascended back to heaven.
He is seated at the right hand of the Father as Lord of all.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who imparts eternal life to God's elect and who seals and sustains them for the day of redemption.
The Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.

Humanity
We believe in human dignity and depravity.
We are created in God's image but corrupted and condemned by sin.
We believe we are sinners by nature and by willful action.
We believe in spiritual deadness and inability and that we can only be saved by God's grace.
We are by nature children of wrath in desperate need of God's mercy and love.

Salvation
We believe that salvation, in its entirety, is a free gift that Christ purchased and that is received and experienced through faith in Christ.
We believe that every aspect of salvation (e.g. effectual calling, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification) are gifts from the Father, purchased by the Son, and imparted by the Holy Spirit.
We believe that faith is a gift from God that is sustained by God.
We believe that genuine faith (being imparted and sustained by the Spirit) inevitably produces spiritual fruit.
However, good works and fruits do not save, do not merit God’s grace, or add anything to the finished work of Christ.
We believe that regeneration (new birth) is monergistic not synergistic.
We believe that justification (being declared righteous and forgiven through faith) is total and immediate not partial and progressive.
We believe that sanctification (being set apart unto God to worship and serve Him) is positional and progressive.
We believe that glorification (being fully transformed into the likeness of the resurrected Christ) will occur when Christ returns.

The Church
We believe in one, holy, global church that is made visible in local churches.
Every church should be marked by a devotion to God's glory, God's word, God's family, and God's mission.
We believe in one baptism and holy communion.

Last Things
We believe in the return of Christ to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the the resurrection of the righteous to eternal glory and the resurrection of the
wicked to eternal punishment.

We believe in a new world where God dwells with His people in peace and perfection.

Amen.