We are a confessional church, and have substantial agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession. For those interested in the confession in it’s entirety, please visit this page.
On the Scriptures:
We believe the Old and New Testaments are the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God in its original documents. We also affirm the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, which is the proclamation that Scripture is sufficient to serve as the church’s sole infallible rule of faith for all matters of doctrine and practice.
We believe that God is eternally existent as three persons in one essence; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The Second Person of the Trinity is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We affirm the virgin birth of Christ, His nature being fully God and fully man, His sufficient and substitutionary atonement on the Cross, and His death and bodily resurrection. We also believe that He will come again to judge both the living and the dead.
On the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates sinners, indwells believers, and enables them to live godly lives and to use the spiritual gifts He has given them.
We believe that man is saved by grace alone through faith alone to the glory of God alone. We deny that works can, in whole or in part, be stated to be essential for man’s justification before God. However, while we believe that man is justified (declared righteous) before God through faith alone, true, saving faith is always accompanied by obedience to the Lord and produces fruit (good works).
On the Final Judgment:
We affirm the existence of heaven and hell. All who belong to Christ will spend eternity in God’s presence. All who are not brought to a saving knowledge of Christ will fall under the judgment of God and be eternally damned.
On the Church:
We believe in both the local and universal Church; the first being the local body of believers in a congregation, the second being a declaration that the bride of Christ is His elect – members of the holy catholic (universal), and apostolic Church. We believe in two sacraments to be observed by the Church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Neither are a means of salvation.
We are committed to the Doctrines of Grace as outlined by the Synod of Dort of 1618-19:
1. The Total Depravity of Man
2. Unconditional Election
3. Limited (or definite) Atonement
4. Irresistible Grace
5. Perseverance of the Saints