Our Beliefs

1. The Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant, infallible and sufficient in all its parts. It is the only rule of faith and practice for the believer (2 Tim 3:16, Matt. 4:4, etc.).  A precise and correct summary of the system of truth and doctrine contained therein is set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and its Large and Shorter Catechisms.



2. The Trinity. God is Triune. In the singular essence of God exists three distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, who share all the divine essence, without division or confusion, and these three are one.



3. The essential unity of the Old and New Testaments. Through a covenantal perspective of the Bible the relation between the Testaments is established. This makes the people of God of the New Testament, the Church, to be in unity with people of God prior to the coming of Christ, sharing the same promises of salvation in both dispensations. The covenantal God is faithful to His promises to the believer and his family, including their children in all generations. The children of believers should therefore receive the sign and seal of the covenant, i.e., baptism. When believing children exercise the age of discernment they should also partake of the sign and seal of the Lord’s Supper as members of the congregation of the expected Messiah and now acclaimed.



4. Salvation is the work of God the Father, who chooses and predestines His people to salvation. Also, God the Son, who accomplishes salvation by His life, death and resurrection, and present session with the Father. Furthermore, salvation is solely made effective by the application of its  benefits by the Holy Spirit, who applies to the believer's life the blessings achieved by Christ’s finished work, the purchased graces and blessings of His sacrifice. The ability to respond to the gospel in repentance and faith is also the fruit purchased by Christ ensuring the instrumental means for receiving the salvation of His people. These graces are brought to the sinner by the Spirit in regeneration (ie, the new birth, John 3:3-6; Titus 3:5). Such salvation is always by grace and received by faith alone - which is also a gift of God, not something that man can do, work or acquire by his own will (Eph. 2:8-9, John 1:13; 3: 3, 5).



 
5. The five "Sola" at the time of the Reformation (1500-1600 d. C.), where:

    

(1) Solo Christ
    

(2) Sola Scripture
    

(3) Sola Faith
    

(4) Sola Grace
    

(5) Solo Deo gloria



6. Beliefs known as the Doctrines of Grace:

    

(1) Total Depravity - this means that there is nothing that man can do to merit, deserve, or prepare himself to meet God or earn salvation. The man in sin cannot do anything to deserve or respond favorably to God’s salvation.

    

(2) Unconditional Election. God chooses His people unconditionally those for whom only Christ died on their behalf. Election is by His grace through the pure pleasure of His own will, and for His own glory, without man providing any merit or work of his own; nor by God foreseeing or foreknowing something in the creature or some action meritorious on their part.

    

(3) Limited Atonement. Christ came to die for His people. God's intention in the sacrifice of Christ was (is) to effectuate salvation, not to offer salvation, nor give a chance to be saved, or provide the salvation for which the sinner must secure by his/her own personal decision. The Intention of Christ’s death was (is) effecting the accomplishment and application of His death for those whom the Father gave Him.


(4) Irresistible Grace. When God saves, he does it through an irresistible call, that is, you one cannot resist God’s work of effectively communicating and giving life to the sinner (as Christ called Lazarus from the tomb when dead). The call of God in the truth of the gospel by the Holy Spirit grants to the sinner, through the Holy Spirit giving life in regeneration, all the renewed faculties needed so that the sinner responds willingly and favorably to the gospel, that is, to exercise repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.

 
    

(5) Perseverance of the Believer. Those for whom Christ's righteousness is accredited by God receive through the life and death and present session of Christ all graces, every blessing and spiritual provision that makes them persevere in faith and obedience (however imperfect in this life), and therefore, cannot lose their salvation , since it depends totally on the work of Christ.