We embrace the historic Christian faith as it is set forth in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. With Christians throughout the ages we affirm the following foundational truths. These and other biblical truths are affirmed in various summaries of the Christian faith from the early church, such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. As a part of the Presbyterian Church in America we also stand in the rich tradition of the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. We affirm the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as a faithful expression of biblical teaching.
There is one true God who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal in power, glory, and sovereignty.
The Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is our infallible and divine authority in all matters.
In the beginning, God created the entire universe out of his sheer power and wisdom. He continues to uphold his creation by the word of his power.
The climax of God’s creation was the creation of mankind, made in his image in order to reflect his holiness, wisdom, and love. Because we have been made in the image of God, each human being is created with tremendous dignity and value and is worthy of respect and care.
All people are sinners, dead in their sins, and unable to save themselves or even cooperate with God in efforts to earn their salvation. All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin, alienated from God, and totally helpless.
The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, as the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, became fully man, lived a perfect life, died as our substitute to atone for our sins, and rose from the dead to secure our eternal lives. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and mankind.
We become right with God only by faith in Jesus, for through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with his righteousness. All those who truly believe in him will be saved.
The church is the bride and body of Christ, chosen and beloved by God. He adopts these members of the body into his family, uniting them with himself and each other.
Baptism is a sign of God’s covenant promises and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy, as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
The Holy Spirit gives Christians the daily strength and wisdom they need to walk according to God’s will and grow in holiness. He indwells them and manifests his fruit in them in order to enliven them and build up the church.
Jesus Christ will return to earth personally, visibly, and bodily, at a time when he is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God, making all things new. On that day, he will bodily resurrect and judge all mankind, receiving his people unto himself and eternally separating and punishing those who are not his people.