Statement of Faith
We are Christians and we confess and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He is our only Savior. We are part of the Christian church which was instituted by Christ for the ministry of the Word, the Holy Bible. We also believe that we can only come into a saving relationship with God because of His work in our hearts, and that because of this, He deserves our praise in every aspect of life.
The Pillars of Faith
- "Scripture Alone" - We believe that the ultimate written authority is the Bible, God's Word, which unfolds His covenant mercy from Genesis to Revelation.
- "Grace Alone" - The source and cause of salvation is God's grace, sovereignly administered.
- "Faith Alone" - God's grace produces in us faith, a trust and rest in Him and in His Gospel alone.
- "Christ Alone" - The only ground of our justification before God is the blood and righteousness of the Christ, Jesus alone.
- "To God Alone be the Glory" The Holy Trinity alone initiates, redeems, justifies and preserves us by His Grace, so all glory belongs to Him. Therefore, because it is the sovereign, holy God who rescues us, to "God Alone" be the glory.
Church Organization & Leadership
We believe that the clear biblical teaching is that of a plurality of elders both ruling and teaching (pastor) should lead the church in accord with God's direction in Scripture.
Deacons serve with the physical needs of the church as their calling to include financial stewardship and care of the church body.
The Protestant Reformation
The Protestant Reformation and How it Relates to Us
We are a Protestant church, and believe that the original Protestants like Martin Luther, John Calvin and others who took a stand against the Roman Catholic Church in the 1500's, were right in declaring that the Bible is our only written authority for Christian doctrine, worship and living, that Jesus Christ is our only intermediary to God, and that we have full rights as Christians, to pray directly to God. So as Christians, we consider ourselves "Reformed" because we believe that the Reformation and everything that it stood for then, still applies today.
The Reformers pointed to the ancient church as it was before Roman Catholicism emerged and declared that it should be the model for the present day church. They established these declarations by written confessions such as the Belgic Confession, Heidleberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort which summarized the doctrines of grace in Christ, which awakened Europe out of apostasy in the 1500s and then in the English speaking world, in the form of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms in the 1600s. Other written declarations that became important are still powerful to Christians today such as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.
Spirit of Worship
We believe that the purpose of worship is to magnify the majesty and works of God with love and gratitude for His redemptive grace. Reverence and devotion to our Creator mold and color our singing, prayer and preaching. We believe that concerns for entertainment and self-gratification should not enter into worship, or into the church in general. We rely on the Bible to guide us in the way we worship, so that we can be confident that we are truly glorifying God in the process.