Basic Beliefs

We affirm our belief in historic Christianity as revealed in the Scriptures and summarized in the three Creeds (Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian) and the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. We recognize the need for reaffirming the following beliefs:

The Holy Trinity. The one God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and has so revealed Himself to us in Scripture.

The Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ, God incarnate and fully human, is, by reasons of His birth of the Virgin Mary, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension and triumphant reign, the only Mediator between God and man.

The Holy Scriptures. The canonical books of the Old and New Testaments are trustworthy as “God’s Word written,” sufficiently teach God’s will for His world, and have supreme authority for faith, life, and the continuous renewal and reform of the Church. They are inspired, infallible, and “contain all things necessary for salvation.”

Justification and Sanctification. Repenting and believing sinners are justified through faith alone by God’s gracious act of declaring us righteous on the grounds of the reconciling death of Christ, who suffered in our place and rose again for us; and sanctified by the gracious, continuing activity of the Holy Spirit who perfects our repentance, nurtures the new life implanted within us, transforms us into Christ’s image, and enables us to do good works in the world.

The Christian Church. The Church is the Body of Christ. Its members belong to Christ’s new humanity and are called and sent to live in the world in the power of the Spirit, worshipping God, confessing His truth, proclaiming the Good News of Christ, supporting one another in love, and giving themselves in sacrificial service to others, especially those in need. Its great mission is to make disciples of all nations and peoples.

Spiritual Gifts and Ministry. All Christians are called to exercise their God-given gifts to work, witness and suffer for Christ. The particular call of ordained ministers is to preach, teach and provide leadership and pastoral care to equip God’s people for His service and present them mature in Christ.

The Gospel Sacraments. The sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace given to us and ordained by Christ himself as means by which we receive such grace and pledges to assure us of it.

The Return of Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ will personally return in glory at the end of this age for the resurrection of the dead, some to life and some to condemnation, for the glorification of His Church and for the renewal of the whole Creation.