Our beliefs are organized under six headings: God, revelation, gospel, humans, Jesus, and the church. Each section begins with a simple, precise statement, describing what we believe. Each section is supported with Scriptural references and concludes with a brief sentence surveying ideas our beliefs exclude us from (technical terminology is used for shorthand and definitions can be found at the end of this page). In general, we see ourselves as part of the Reformed theological tradition and have a great appreciation for confessions such as the Westminster Standards and the Three Forms of Unity.
We believe God is a Trinity, one unified being existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14). We believe God is wholly sovereign (Acts 17:26). As such He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good, all-present, all-beautiful and holds all other greatest attributes (Psalm 139). Thus, we are not polytheists, pantheists, pluralists, or open theists which
We believe God makes himself and his will known in two ways, through
We believe God is chiefly about his gospel, creating and saving a people for Himself (Isaiah 43:7) through the person and work of His Son, Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27). Thus, we are not humanists, nihilists, naturalists, or theological postmodernists.
We believe humans were created in the image and likeness of God but through the sin of the first human, Adam, the race fell (Romans 5:12) and ever since individually and collectively sins which
We believe God created space and time and entered into it in the person of Jesus Christ at the beginning of the first century as the eternal Son of God in order to save humans. We believe Jesus is fully God and fully man, never was not so, and yet took on humanity without ever subtracting from his divinity (John 1:1-3,14; Philippians 2:6-8). He was born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18-21), lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22) perfectly fulfilling the law (Matthew 5:17), preached the gospel, died on a cross when he was 33 and rose again three days later and began appearing to hundreds of people for forty days (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Thus, we are not
We believe on the cross Jesus satisfied God’s just demands of eternal payment for sin since he was the
We believe this salvation for humans is a gift from God planned before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4; 2:8-9; John 15:16). We believe the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and unrighteousness (John 16:8), draws people to hear the gospel (John 6:44), and grants faith in Jesus’ person and work to all types of peoples (John 3:16). After justification, we believe personal faith in Jesus is kept by the Holy Spirit through sanctification (John 10:29; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 2:19) until the time we die or Jesus returns to
We believe the Church is the invisible spiritual body of believers in Jesus throughout all time (Ephesians 5:4-16). We believe the Church has many local expressions and is not a business or a building but a viceroy of the kingdom of God (Revelation 1:4-6). We believe in the autonomy of local churches and in a government of male plurality for the leadership of local churches (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-5; 1 Timothy 3:2). Thus, we are not ecumenicists, egalitarians, or mono-
We believe the Holy Spirit gives different spiritual gifts to different individuals for the
We believe water baptism (Matthew 28:19), the Lord’s
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Brief Definitions of Technical Terminology Used
Annihilationists – Those who believe all humans not believing in Jesus, will cease to exist at death.
Arians – Those who believe Jesus became God.
Arminians – Those who believe saved humans are not predetermined by God.
Cessationists – Those who believe supernatural gifts and miracles ceased when the apostles died.
Demythologists – Those who believe the Bible is a combination of myth and history.
Dispensationalists – Those who believe God saves people in different ways at different times.
Ecumenicists – Those who believe all churches ought to set aside their differences for the sake of unity and become one big church.
Egalitarians – Those who believe men and women are the same in every way and therefore either gender may equally occupy any role in life or leadership.
Eschatological Nationalists or
Humanists – Those who believe humans are the highest beings and can save themselves.
Hyper-Calvinists – Those who believe God does not use means in saving humans and believe evangelism is not needed.
Individualists – Those who believe our individual selves are our chief and primary concern.
Isolationists – Those who believe Christianity is best lived out in separation from other people(s).
Libertarians – Those who believe humans have a will which is free to make uncaused decisions.
Monarchians – Those who believe Jesus was not fully human.
Moral Fundamentalists – Those who believe Christians ought to refrain from practices that could be abused and lead one into sin.
Moralists – Those who believe doing good deeds earns one salvation.
Naturalists – Those who those who believe reality is purely sensual (see, feel, hear, taste & touch).
New Perspectivists – Those who believe Jesus death was not a legal transaction before God satisfying the just demands of God’s wrath which is imputed to believers and instead was merely a demonstration of God’s faithfulness to his covenant.
Nihilists – Those who believe in nothing.
Open Theists – Those who believe God is changing and/or evolving with the open future.
Pantheists – Those who believe everything is
Papists – Those who believe the pope is the final and ultimate spiritual authority.
Pelagians – Those who believe humans are essentially good and can earn their salvation.
Pentecostals – Those who believe all Christians need to have their own experience of Pentecost where they begin speaking in tongues.
Perfectionists – Those who believe humans can become perfect before death or Jesus’ return.
Pluralists – Those who believe all ways or religions lead to the same
Polytheists – Those who believe there are many gods.
Relativists – Those who believe truth is relative to the person, place, or situation.
Revisionists who merely follow Jesus as a good teacher – Those who believe the only accounts of Jesus we should accept as history are ones not presenting him as
Sacramentalists – Those who believe partaking of the sacraments saves a person.
Theological Postmodernists – Those who believe there is no objective truth because we are in a post-modern and supposed post-truth era.
Universalists – Those who believe all humans will be saved in the end.