Many terms could be used to summarize our beliefs; we are Reformed, Evangelical, Orthodox, and Presbyterian. We are a part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), among other things this means that our beliefs are thoroughly outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Below is a brief summary that we have put together for quick reference.
The Bible is comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which were written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. These writings are inerrant in the originals and have been faithfully passed down to us by God's oversight. The Bible has been given to us for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. It is our primary authority for everything pertaining to faith and life.
The Triune God
God is a Spirit, who exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, present everywhere, almighty, all-knowing, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.
God the Father
God the Father is sovereign over all things and has decreed all things from the greatest to the least. He sent His Son and Spirit to accomplish His decree of salvation. In salvation, we are reconciled to Him and adopted by Him.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is fully God and fully man. By the decree of God the Father, Jesus became man, lived a perfect life, died sacrificially on the cross, was buried, and raised from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father. He reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and will return to judge the living and the dead.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He convicts human beings of sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come. He unites us to Jesus Christ and seals us to God the Father. The Holy Spirit dwells within true believers and works within them to conform them more and more into the image of Jesus Christ.
Human beings are created in the image of God, both male and female. God created humanity in a state of pure holiness, free from all sin. We were represented before God by Adam who failed to remain holy and free from sin by disobeying the covenant command of God in the Garden of Eden. Adam's disobedience brought death, both physical and spiritual, upon all humanity. Human beings now possess a sin nature that is inclined to sin and is unable to please God apart from faith in Jesus Christ. While we possess a sin nature and are inclined to sin, we continue to bear the image of God.
The human condition of sin requires death as the judgment of God. Yet, God being rich in mercy and grace, because of love, decreed the salvation of sinners through Jesus Christ. Jesus perfectly obeyed the commands of God that Adam, and every person, failed to obey. Jesus died in the place of sinners, shedding his blood as a covering for sin. There is no other way of salvation apart from Jesus Christ.
Salvation is a free gift of God that is given by grace and secured through faith. It does not come through human righteousness or good works; even faith is a gift of God's grace.
In salvation we were justified, or declared righteous, because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus. In salvation we are being sanctified, or conformed to the image of Christ, because of the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. In salvation we will be glorified, or made complete, because of the promise of God. Salvation is guaranteed to God's elect and can never be forfeited or lost.
God has saved us to be part of a people, a called out collection of saints. In the Old Testament the Church was primarily comprised among the nation of Israel. In the New Testament the Church is comprised of Jew and Gentile, all who have saving faith in Jesus Christ.
The Church exists to glorify God and serve as His ambassadors on earth. We glorify God by worshipping Him according to the Bible; we glorify God by serving one another with acts of love; we glorify God by preaching the Gospel to all nations.
Sacraments are holy signs and seals of God's grace. There are two ordinary and perpetual sacraments, Baptism and The Lord's Supper.
The origin of Baptism is in the Old Testament sacrament of circumcision. Baptism is an outward sign that signifies the cleansing power of Jesus Christ because of God's faithfulness to His covenant promise. It is rightly administered through the sprinkling or pouring of water in the name of the Triune God. The recipients of Baptism are those who truly believe in Jesus Christ and their children, as members of the Covenant.
The origin of The Lord's Supper is in the Old Testament sacrament of Passover. The Lord's Supper is an outward sign that strengthens our relationship to God by faith in Jesus Christ, pointing us to his body and blood in death. Thus, only true believers in Jesus Christ receive this sacrament. The Lord's Supper is a memorial meal and a means of grace whereby true believers are strengthened for faith and life. The elements of the meal are bread, which represents Jesus' body, and wine, which represents Jesus' blood.
Jesus Christ will return as promised to judge the living and the dead. He will establish a new heaven and new earth. Those who have truly believed in Jesus Christ for salvation will spend eternity with God in everlasting peace and fellowship. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ, and continued unrepentant in their sin, will be condemned by God and spend eternity in the everlasting torments of hell.
On our Resources Page you can find out even more about what we believe.