Statement of Faith
Scripture. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are God's word to humanity. In Scripture, God has revealed his character, purpose, plan, and will for the world. The original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments were inspired by God and are true in all that they affirm. Scripture is authoritative and as God's word is to be believed and obeyed.
God. There is one God who exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three persons are divine, equal, co-eternal, distinct, and unified. God has created all things to display his glory. God's glory is revealed in creation, Scripture, and most clearly in Jesus Christ. God is righteous, loving, omniscient, and sovereign over all things.
Humanity. God created humans in his own image who therefore have deep intrinsic worth and unique moral significance. God created humanity to glorify him by enjoying him in worship and by advancing his kingdom in the world through the obedience of faith.
Sin. God created the world good and he is not the author of sin. Adam and Eve willfully disobeyed God. Consequently, God placed the entire created order under a curse and subjected it to futility. Sin has spread to all people. All people have inherited a sinful nature, are enslaved to sin, and subject to Satan's rule. Therefore they are unable to fulfill God’s law. Sin has alienated humanity from God. Since all have sinned, all are guilty before God and merit eternal punishment.
Jesus. Jesus is both fully God and fully man. As the Son of God he perfectly obeyed the Father and accomplished his will. Jesus was and is sinless. He is the Son of David and the promised Messiah who has inaugurated God's Kingdom. He was crucified and died as a substitute for sinners, bearing their sin and receiving God's wrath and judgment in the place of those who believe in him. Three days after his crucifixion he was physically raised from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father from where he rules over the world, advances his kingdom and intercedes for the saints. By his death and resurrection Jesus defeated his enemies: sin, death, and Satan. He will return again to the earth to finally destroy these enemies, rescue believers, and punish the disobedient.
Redemption. God sent Jesus to inaugurate his kingdom in the world and to redeem the world from the guilt and power of sin, the dominion of Satan, and the curse upon creation. People cannot earn God's favour or redemption. Faith alone in Christ alone (apart from any human effort) is necessary and sufficient for justification. True faith is accompanied by repentance from sin. Redemption is already and not-yet. Believers have been freed from sin yet still experience the presence of sin in their lives. They await the complete eradication of sin, the final redemption of their bodies, and the consummation of the New Heavens and the New Earth. Believers are united with Jesus in his death and resurrection. They are indwelt by the Holy Spirit through whom the Father and the Son indwell believers. The Spirit enables Christians to live in righteousness fulfilling God’s law and pleasing him.