The church agrees with these historic statements of the Christian faith: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Savoy Declaration, and the original Covenant and Statement of Faith adopted in 1781 and 1782. The church continues to be involved in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in our community, our nation, and around the world. Our goal is the same in theology and spirit as that covenant first agreed to in 1781, biblical, evangelical, and Reformed.
We believe in one God, manifest to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, to be supremely loved and served, and alone to be worshiped.
The Father, a Being of absolute perfection, Creator, Preserver, and Governor of the universe, Who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten and well-loved Son for its redemption.
The Son, Jesus Christ, is our Lord, Who came into the world to suffer and take away its sin, in Whom alone we have redemption, being justified freely through faith in His blood.
The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, through Whom alone we are renewed and sanctified and kept into eternal life, by Whose inspiration the Scriptures were given without error, they being the only rule for faith and practice.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ shall come to judge the living and the dead, giving to everyone according to that which he hath done, whether it be good or bad, the awards of that judgment being forever.
Acknowledging our unworthiness before our Heavenly Father, we humbly cast ourselves upon His infinite goodness and mercy, knowing we have the forgiveness of sins through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We believe in one church on earth and in heaven, in one baptism, in one communion of the body and blood of Christ, and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their original languages were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. The Scriptures are therefore the final authority in all matters concerning this church.
There is but one eternal and true God, the Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of all creation, who has in and of Himself all holiness, and who demands of all love, reverence, and obedience.
God exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
God our Creator from all eternity, because of His perfect understanding of everything future, past, and present, and constrained by His holy love for and wisdom of His creation, ordains whatever happens. This, however, does not mean that God is the author of sin, nor that the will of His intelligent creatures, humanity, is destroyed. It does mean that God works through ways that seem strange to us, overruling the intents of those who would overrule Him, to accomplish His purposes. This is most clearly seen when the Son was delivered up by the Father to those who could not have killed Him except by God’s plan, and whom, like all sinners since, were held responsible for doing exactly what they wanted to do.
The Fall of Humankind
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 holiness and righteousness, coming under condemnation. His descendants inherit a corrupt nature, which is opposed to God and His law, and became actual rebels and lawbreakers, coming under condemnation as Adam and Eve did.
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who by the Holy Spirit was born of the virgin Mary, is God’s appointed Mediator between Himself and humankind. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet being 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, victorious over death and sin, and ascended to His Father, at Whose right 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.
The word “election” is used frequently in the scriptures of God’s choosing of His own, before the beginning of time, before they had chosen Him. This “golden” and unbreakable chain (Election Predestination Calling Justification Glorification) is always used as an encouragement to the children of God so that they, in the face of any difficulty, take comfort, knowing they are loved and kept by the One Who called them, and that no one (including themselves) is able to snatch them out of their Savior’s hands or separate them from His love. The gospel call is to all who will believe in Him.
Regeneration is a change of heart, brought about by the Holy Spirit, Who brings to life those dead in trespasses and sins, and enlightens their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God. It is a work of God’s free and sovereign grace alone.
Repentance is part of God’s gracious work, in which a person being made aware of the extent and depth of his sin by the Holy Spirit, does by faith in Christ humble himself for that sin with godly sorrow, hate the sin, and purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life. It is worked in the heart by the Holy Spirit and leads to a life of holiness.
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, through the satisfaction that Christ has made and not for anything done in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receive and rest on Him and His righteousness by faith.
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s Word dwelling in them. While not free from the presence of sin in these mortal bodies, yet there is the continual supply of the strength of God’s spirit leading them to obedience, holiness and growth in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, are sanctified by His Spirit, and will persevere to the end. They will fall into sin, through neglect and temptation, grieve the Spirit, lose the feeling of the comfort they have in Christ, may bring reproach on the church, and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they will be renewed again unto repentance and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation and glorified in the last day.
Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples. According to His commandments, Christians are to gather themselves into local assemblies for worship, edification, evangelism, service and fellowship. To each of these churches He has given the necessary gifts and needful authority for accomplishing these ends and administering order and discipline.
Baptism is a sacrament of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein people are baptized by water in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of their fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and the giving of themselves to God, to live and walk in newness of life.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of the Bread and the Fruit of the Vine, and to be observed by His churches to the end of the world. It is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of the communion with Him, and other believers and to proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.