Drawing primarily from the scriptures and acknowledging the helpful summaries in the great evangelical doctrinal statements (Westminster Confession, Apostle’s Creed, Athanasian Creed, Nicean Creed, Anglican 39 Articles, New Hampshire Baptist Confession, and the Chicago statement on Biblical Inerrancy), we believe the following thirteen statements to be true and foundational doctrines of the Christian faith.
1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, inerrant in its original autographs, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
2. There is one God, eternal and self-existing, in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-who are equally loved, honored and adored.
3. Jesus Christ is God, the Son of God, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross of Calvary for the sins of man, and rose bodily from the grave, conquering sin and death. He is the only way of salvation and eternal life.
4. All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and spiritually helpless apart from God’s grace and mercy.
5. The Sovereign God, out of His love and mercy, calls lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed through the atoning death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, by the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit.
6. Sinners, drawn by the Spirit, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, and are born again, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and become sons and daughters of God, persevering to the end.
7. Justification is by faith alone and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ, and pronounced forgiven for Christ’s sake.
8. The goal of God’s salvation in the life of the Christian is conformity to the image of Christ, characterized by growing obedience to His Word, evidenced by holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
9. The Holy Spirit is the present power of God in the life of every believer. At conversion the Holy Spirit indwells all believers. The Spirit gives gifts as He wills and helps all believers to grow in maturity and grace, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit.
10. At death, the Christian’s soul passes immediately into the presence of God, where that soul shall dwell forever in glory, and conversely, at death the unbeliever is forever separated from God, who is the only source of peace and joy.
11. Two sacraments/ordinances, given to the church of Christ, are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, by which we are marked as Christians and reminded of His Covenant of grace.
12. Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate human history and God’s eternal plan.
13. The church is called to proclaim the gospel of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ to all the world.