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The Bible having been inspired by God, is entirely trustworthy and without error in its original manuscripts. We are therefore to believe and obey its teachings. The Bible is the only source of special revelation for the church today (Ps. 19:7; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
The one true God is personal, yet beyond our comprehension. He is an invisible spirit, completely self-sufficient and unbounded by space or time, perfectly holy and just, and loving and merciful. In the unity of the Godhead there are three “persons”: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 145:3; John 1:3; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
CREATION AND PROVIDENCE
God created the heavens and the earth, and all they contain. He upholds and governs them in accordance with his eternal will. God is sovereign (in complete control) yet this does not diminish human responsibility (Isa. 46:9-11; Prov. 16:33; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Jas. 1:13-15).
Because of the sin of the first man, Adam, all humanity is corrupt by nature, dead in sin, and subject to the wrath of God. But God determined, by a covenant of grace, that sinners may receive forgiveness and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Christ has always been the only way of salvation, in both Old Testament (through promise) and New Testament times (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3).
JESUS CHRIST'S PERSON AND WORK
The Son of God took upon himself a human nature in the womb of the virgin Mary, so that in her son Jesus the divine and human natures were united in one person. Jesus Christ lived a righteous life and died on a cross, bearing the sins of many and receiving God’s judgment in the place of all those who trust in him for their salvation (his chosen ones). Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where he sits as Lord and rules over all. He will return to judge the living and the dead, bringing his people (with glorious, resurrected bodies) into eternal life, and consigning all who do not believe the gospel to eternal punishment (Isa. 53:10-12; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Gal. 3:13; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:1-3).
Those whom God has predestined unto life are effectually drawn to Christ by the powerful working of the Holy Spirit as they hear the gospel. When one believes in Christ, God declares them righteous (justifies them), pardoning their sins and accepting them as righteous, not because of any righteousness of their own, but by imputing Christ’s righteousness to them. Believers are adopted as the children of God and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies them, enabling them increasingly to stop sinning and act righteously. They repent of their sins (both at their conversion and thereafter), produce good works as the fruit of their faith, and persevere to the end in communion with Christ, with assurance of their salvation (John 14:16-17; 16:14; Acts 5:3; Rom. 8:14-17; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 2:1-6; Tit. 3:5; 1 John 5:1; Acts 2:37-38; 11:18; 2 Cor. 7:10-11; Rom. 3:27-28; 4:1-5; 4:17-25; 10:14, 17; Phil. 1:29; Eph. 2:8; Jas. 2:14-26; Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:34; 10:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9; Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:24-27; Rom. 8:1-17; Gal. 5:13-24; 2 Pet. 1:3-11; John 6:37-40; 10:28-29; Rom. 8:28-39; 1 Cor. 1:8-9; Phil. 1:6)
Believers strive to keep the Law of Christ not to earn salvation, but because they love their Savior and want to obey him. God is the Lord of the conscience, so that people are not required to believe or do anything contrary to, or in addition to, the Word of God in matters of faith or worship (Gal. 6:2; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Matt. 22:36-40; Matt. 15:9; Rom. 13:1-7; 14:4; Acts 5:29; Col. 2:20-23).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person biologically male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. A rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person (Gen. 1:27-28; Psalm 139:13-16; Matt 19:4).
We believe that "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God commands sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other (Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 2:23-25; Matt. 19:4-6).
THE CHURCH AND SACRAMENTS
Christ has established his church, and particular churches, to gather and perfect his people, by means of the ministry of the Word, the sacraments of baptism (which is to be administered to the children of believers, as well as believers) and the Lord’s Supper (in which the body and blood of Christ are spiritually present to the faith of believers), and the disciplining of members found unrepentant in sin. Christians assemble on the Lord’s Day to worship God by praying, hearing the Word of God read and preached, singing psalms and hymns, and receiving the sacraments (John 10:16; Acts 20:17, 28; Eph. 1:22; 5:23; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-18; Tit. 1:5-9; Heb. 10:25; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 12:13; Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-34).
If you have any questions about the Christian Faith or what we confess the Scriptures teach, please contact either of our pastors, 818-894-9200.