WHAT WE TEACH
I. THE SCRIPTURES: The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
II. GOD: There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
III. THE TRINITY: God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal functional activities, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
IV. PROVIDENCE: God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
V. ELECTION: Election is God’s eternal choice of some people for everlasting life – not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ – resulting in their calling, justification, and glorification.
VI. THE FALL OF MAN: God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness. Subsequent generations having inherited a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.
VII. THE MEDIATOR: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law and suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He perpetually lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.
VIII. REGENERATION: Regeneration is a change of heart, accomplished by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit renews spiritual life in the elect of God, who were dead in their trespasses and sins, but now have their minds spiritually and savingly enlightened to understand the Word of God. With their renewed nature, they progressively love and practice holiness. Regeneration is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.
IX. REPENTANCE: Repentance is an evangelical grace, whereby a person is, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the many evils of his sin. As a result, he humbles himself with godly sorrow, sincerely detests and abhors his sin, and purposefully and resolutely walks before God so as to please Him in all things.
X. FAITH: Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ, accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit and leads to a life of holiness.
XI. JUSTIFICATION: Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all their sin. This is done through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything produced in them or done by them. But because of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receive and rest on Him and His righteousness by faith.
XII. SANCTIFICATION: Those who have been regenerated are also being progressively sanctified, by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is accomplished through the supply of divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in sincere obedience to all Christ’s commands.
XIII. PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS: Those whom God has elected, regenerated, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but will certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin and grieve the Spirit and even bring reproach on the Church and themselves, they will repent and be renewed again, and be kept by God’s power through faith to salvation.
XIV. THE CHURCH: The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular local churches. The purposes of the Church are: (1) to worship God; (2) to administer the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; and (3) to demonstrate compassion to the world. He has given authority for church leadership to lead worship, teach, equip, administer, and discipline. The regular officers of a Church are elders and deacons.
XV. BAPTISM: Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, and conducted in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of a surrendering to God, to live and walk in newness of life.
XVI. THE LORD’S SUPPER: The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the symbols of bread and wine. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to remember and commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him.
XVII. THE LORD’S DAY: The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.
XVIII. LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE: God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men. Civil magistrates are ordained of God, and so Christians should subject themselves to all lawful things commanded by them, unless they violate the laws established by God.
XIX. THE RESURRECTION: The bodies of humans after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God – the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness for the final judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised and united with their spirits.
XX. THE JUDGMENT: God has appointed a day when He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, and everyone will receive what is due according to their deeds: the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.