When it comes to belief, we practice: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
1. Faith in the Holy Trinity
We believe in the one living and true God. There are three persons within this unity of one essential nature, power, and eternity—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, both holy and loving, eternal, unlimited in power, wisdom and goodness, the Creator and Preserver of all things.
2. The Father
We believe the Father is the source of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit. With the Son and the Holy Spirit, God made man, male and female, in God’s image.
3. The Son
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, truly God and truly man. He died on the cross and through his life, death and resurrection provided a way for us to be reconciled with God.
4. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son and is of the same essential nature, majesty and glory as the Father and the Son, truly and eternally God. The Spirit is the giver of grace to all and is particularly the effective Agent in conviction for sin, in regeneration, and in sanctification. The Spirit is ever present, assuring, preserving, guiding, and enabling the believer.
5. The Sufficiency and Full Authority of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation
We believe that the books of the Old and New Testaments constitute the Holy Scriptures. They are the inspired written Word of God. The original manuscripts are superior to all human authority and have been transmitted to the present to direct and edify the community of faith.
6. God’s Purpose for Humanity
We believe that the two great commandments, which require us to love the Lord our God with all the heart and our neighbors as ourselves, summarize the divine law as it is revealed in the Scriptures.
7. Personal Choice
We believe that humanity’s creation in the image of God included the ability to choose between right and wrong. Thus, individuals were made morally responsible for their choices. But since the fall of Adam, people are unable in their own strength to always do right. Through Jesus Christ, though, the grace of God makes possible what humans in self-effort cannot do. It is bestowed freely upon all, enabling all who will to turn and be saved.
8. The Atonement
We believe that Christ through His life, death and resurrection provides the perfect redemption and atonement for the sins of the whole world.
9. Repentance and Faith
We believe that for men and women to appropriate what God’s preeminent grace has made possible, they must voluntarily respond in repentance and faith. The ability comes from God, but the act is the individual’s.
10. Good Works
We believe that although good works cannot save us from our sins or from God’s judgment, they are the fruit of faith.
11. The Church
We believe that the Christian Church is the entire body of believers in Jesus Christ, who is the founder and only Head of the Church.
12. The Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the Sacraments of the church commanded by Christ and ordained as a means of grace when received through faith.