What We Believe


1.We believe the Scriptures (the Old & New Testaments) to be the divinely inspired and inerrant Word of God, the infallible rule of faith & life.

 

2.We believe in one God, existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; eternal and equal in power, glory, and substance.

 

3.We believe that God created man in His own image; but that, tempted by Satan, who is the author of sin, he fell from the estate in which he was created, into an estate of sin, misery and death because he sinned. We believe that with Adam, all his posterity fell and incurred spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings, Jesus Christ alone excepted, are henceforth born with a depraved nature, absolutely unable to help themselves or to accomplish their salvation.

 

4.We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and that in His person deity and humanity were united.

 

5.We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross as both a representative and a substitutionary sacrifice; so that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life, are justified on the grounds of His shed blood, which cleanses us from sin. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the grave in which he was buried on the third day in the same body in which He died; that He ascended into Heaven, and now appears in the presence of the Father as our Advocate, Intercessor and Great High Priest.

 

6.We believe that salvation is the gift of God's grace, and that all who believe and accept him as their Lord and Savior are born again by the work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that such as are born again are eternally secure and thereto sealed with the Holy Spirit unto the day of Christ's return. We believe that we may have the joy of assurance of our salvation as a fruit of sanctification by the working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

 

7.We believe that those whom the Lord has effectually called, justified and adopted are henceforth left in this world to serve and glorify God by bearing a faithful witness to Jesus Christ by word and deed. We believe that the Moral Law is binding on all mankind and that in its light we must keep ourselves from this wicked world, from sin, from apostasy, and from every appearance of evil.

 

8.We believe that the true church of Jesus Christ consists of the elect of all ages, and that as long as we are in the world we are not to forsake or neglect the gathering of ourselves together on the Lord's Day to spend the whole time in the exercise of private and public worship of Almighty God, and to be refreshed by his word and prayer, and to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper as the Savior, instructed by His word.

 

9.We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again to this earth to take His church out of this world and to set up His kingdom for 1,000 years. We believe that at that time, the dead shall be raised from their graves, after which the saved shall inherit everlasting blessedness and the wicked everlasting punishment in hell.

Westminster Shorter Catechism


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