Our Core Doctrines
We believe in the triune God of Scripture, who has revealed Himself as one God in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, distinct in Person yet equal in essence. We know God only because and only to the extent He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. Our God is the repository of all perfections, the overflowing fountain of all good, and the One who sovereignly works out all things in accordance with His perfect will, for His good pleasure, and unto His glory. We condemn the heresies of unitarianism, atheism, agnosticism, polytheism, and pantheism (Ex. 15:11; 34:5-7).
We believe that God created the world the way He says He did, as recorded in Genesis 1-2: in the space of six days, each creature after its own kind, and all very good. We stand opposed to all doctrines, both theological and philosophical, that contradict the Scriptures. Accordingly, we oppose all forms of evolutionary theory including theistic evolution, day-age theory, gap-theory, and the framework hypothesis. We further believe that all evidence of genuine scientific inquiry, and historical facts, corroborate the biblical account of special creation.
We believe that God also upholds all things by His power, and cares for His creation. Thus we confess divine providence wherein God exercises dominion over all creation through His governance, sustenance, and concurrence. We therefore condemn all errors that militate against this confession, including pantheism, deism, and materialism (Acts 14:14-18; 17:24-28; Heb. 1:3).
We believe that our first parents, Adam and Eve, though created in a state of perfection and originally endowed with the ability to love God, maintain fellowship with Him, and think God's own thoughts after Him, nevertheless through the instigation of the devil willfully fell into sin. As a result the entire human race entered into a state of total depravity pervading our entire being, will, intellect, and morals. We became therefore totally unable to do any good as God defines the good; we became heirs of corruption, subject to guilt, condemnation, and the just wrath of God.
We therefore stand opposed to the heresies of Arminianism, Pelagianism, and all other theories that minimize the all pervasive impact of the fall, or that fail to acknowledge the true nature of man as defined by Scripture (Rom.1:18-3:20). We believe that God, though desiring to satisfy His perfect justice in exacting punishment for the sins of man, also, through sovereign grace, purposed to save an elected people for Himself out of the fallen human race, thereby demonstrating His undeserved mercy (Acts 15:7-18; Eph. 2:1-10).
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is God's sole means of satisfying His justice and showing His mercy to His elect. Through the person and work of Christ alone we have been reconciled to God, restored to covenantal fellowship, and enabled to respond to God in faith, love, and obedience. Christ is our only mediator, surety, and the basis of our eternal security in the Father's unchangeable and irrevocable promises (Rom. 3:21-5-19; Eph. 2:11-3:19).
We believe our Lord Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is truly God and truly man of one person possessing two natures. He lived historically, died, was resurrected, and ascended into heaven. In heaven, He remains truly God and truly man; seated at the right hand of God, whence he rules the nations, and whence we await His literal return (1 Tim. 3:16).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, being truly God, works as the agent of redemption: strengthening the faith of the saints through the means of grace in order to perfect their sanctification and perseverance; and giving faith to the unbelievers, through the preaching of the holy gospel (Jn. 15:26-27; 16:7-15).