The Scriptures repeatedly declare that God is their author and that they are inspired by him. ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [lit. God-breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness’ (2 Timothy 3:16). We accept these affirmations and believe that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant as originally given.
- The Father is God
- The Son is God
- The Holy Spirit is God
- There is but one God
We believe that these persons within the Godhead are one in their nature and eternal in their being. Since they co-exist eternally they are not various modes of existence at various times by the same person.
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, the second person of the Trinity; therefore, equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. As a divine being he shares with the other members of the Trinity all of the attributes of divinity, both communicable and incommunicable (eternal, immutable, omnipotent, etc). In the incarnation, he took upon himself the true nature of man. These two natures continue united in his person, yet ever remain true divinity and true humanity, unmixed, and as to their essence, unchanged. In his work, Christ discharges all three of the offices of the mediator between God and man: those of prophet, priest, and king. In both his humiliation and his exaltation he fulfils all things that are required for the salvation of human beings.
His Death and Resurrection
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. We believe that the atoning death of Christ at the cross was substitutionary and vicarious in nature, removing the sins of those who trust in Christ for salvation and turning aside the wrath of God against us. Christ’s death therefore accomplishes man’s reconciliation with God. Concerning his resurrection, which is the great central fact upon which the Christian Gospel is founded, we believe that Christ rose physically from the dead on the third day. We believe that the resurrection of Christ is established on the authority of God’s infallible word and is manifest by many varied and convincing proofs.
The Doctrine of Man
We believe that God created human beings male and female in his own image and, therefore, gave to them a transcendent value and worth. We believe that humans were given a choice, but humanity chose to rebel against God the Creator and the result was spiritual and physical death: the image of God is thus marred in humanity and the human will is disposed and inclined to sin. By the gracious work of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, human beings may be regenerated, become new creatures in Christ, and the image of God may be fully restored in them.
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that at the Last Day, which must throughout this age remain unknown to people, Jesus Christ will come again to this world. His coming will be visible, bodily, glorious, and triumphant to fully inaugurate the totality of his physical kingdom rule. He will take his own to be with him forever and he will cast the wicked into the lake of fire to be punished with everlasting, conscious punishment. There will be a new heaven and a new earth in which perfect righteousness dwells. Of this fact we are to be certain; of its time we are to be uncertain so that we may always be ready and may say, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is, therefore, equal in power and glory with the Father and the Son. It was the Holy Spirit who caused Mary to conceive the Lord Jesus Christ in her womb, and the Spirit was given without measure to the Son. The Spirit was involved with the Father and the Son in creation, the resurrection of Christ, and was poured out in his fulness at Pentecost upon the Church.