Every church has a basic set of beliefs and practices that is peculiar to its own existence. In some cases, we will share some of those beliefs and practices with other churches, while at other times each church has its own beliefs unique to them. Recognizing that first and foremost we are defined by our relationship to Christ and faith in His saving work, there are certain ways that that faith is expressed in our life. In order to best summarized who we are, we could be described as a Biblical, Confessional, Reformed, Presbyterian Church.
Please read the following as each of those terms is fleshed out in greater detail:
We aim to be, above all else, a biblical church. We believe that the Bible, which is contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, gives us everything we need to know for life and godliness. We trust that, by the protection and provision of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, living and active Word of God. It is our primary means for feeding the saints and reaching the lost. Just as we seek to bring every aspect of our personal lives into conformity with the Bible, so too do we seek to ground every aspect of what we do as a church in the Truth of God’s Word. The Bible alone is sufficient to govern the faith and practice of the Church
While the Scriptures alone are our authority in the Church, we do also accept the subordinate standards of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms (1646). These documents, though not infallible, are a sound interpretation of biblical doctrine and a faithful expression of the historic Christian faith.
In addition, we believe, and publicly confess each Lord’s Day, the words of either the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed or the Scots Creed. These creeds unite us with the invisible church throughout the world and through all times who have confessed this faith.
We refer to ourselves as Reformed because, as a church we are theological and historical descendants of the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation. Under the spiritual leadership of men such as Martin Luther, John Knox, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Calvin, the Protestant Reformation saw a reform of worship, government, piety, and practice of nearly every part of Christianity. From the teaching of the Reformers, five slogans emerged as they sought to reform the church. The five slogans sought to restore five core teachings that had been lost prior to the Reformation:
Sola Gratia: Salvation is by grace alone
Sola Fide: Salvation is through faith alone
Solus Christus: Salvation is in Christ alone
Sola Scriptura: Scripture alone is the Word of God
Soli Deo Gloria: To God alone be the glory