For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God Acts 20:27
The litmus test for truth is the Holy Bible, the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God. We are also committed to historic Christianity and the Reformation heritage. What we believe can be summarized in at least 3 ways:
Sola Scriptura – The Bible Alone
We affirm that the inerrant Scripture is to be the sole source of divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured.
Solus Christus – Christ Alone
We affirm that our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Jesus Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father.
Sola Gratia – Grace Alone
We affirm that in salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by His grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life.
Sola Fide – Faith Alone
We affirm that justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. In justification Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction to God’s perfect justice.
Soli Deo Gloria – Glory to God Alone
We affirm that, because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God, it is for God’s glory, and that we must glorify Him always. We must live our entire lives before the face of God under the authority of God and for the Glory of God.
- The Bible is the inspired, infallible, completed Word of God.
- There is only one living and true God, composed of three Persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; each coexistent and fully God.
- God is sovereign over all creation, and He directs all things in accordance with His eternal, unchangeable purpose.
- The first man was created perfect, but willfully disobeyed God, severing his communion with God, thus leaving his descendants - all mankind - at enmity with God and spiritually dead in their sins.
- For no reason, other than to glorify His own Self, God, in His eternal purpose, chose to reconcile a multitude of people to Himself through the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. For this multitude, Jesus Christ took on the form of a man and became their perfect Substitute on the cross, satisfying divine justice on their behalf, His sacrifice purchased all things necessary to ensure their eternal salvation.
- Although God commands men everywhere to repent, such is the power of sin that men will not of themselves obey this command. Therefore, God, determining to save those for whom Christ died, draws them by the regenerating power of the Holy spirit; Who renews their minds, hearts and wills so that they freely trust in Christ.
- Saving faith is of necessity accompanied by repentance, which involves the recognition of, sorrow over, and the turning away from all known sin, with a new desire to live in obedience to Jesus Christ.
- Jesus Christ alone is the Head of the one true Christian Church, which is made up of only those people who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. All these are presently indwelt by the Holy Spirit and, by their words and deeds, show their allegiance to Christ.
- There are two ordinances which have been instituted by the Lord Jesus: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Neither of these has, in itself, the power to save men from their sins, but are outward symbols of inward spiritual realities.
- God, in His eternal purpose, has also appointed a day of judgment; a day in which He will judge all mankind in righteousness by Jesus Christ. Every human who has ever lived will appear before Christ to give an account of their life and receive either everlasting life in the presence of God or everlasting torment in hell.
We have also adopted the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith as a more complete summation of what we hold to be true.
The statements below summarize what we believe to be the Biblical teaching in the areas noted:
Human Sexuality - Crossville Statement
Social Justice - Statement on Social Justice
Biblical Inerrancy - Chicago Statement