What We Believe
The Baptist Confession of Faith (1689)
We have adopted as the fullest expression of our faith the Baptist Confession of 1689. The ultimate authority in all matters of faith, order, and morals is and must be the Bible alone, which truth is clearly set forth in the opening article of the Confession itself. This historic document, albeit imperfect, is an excellent summary of "the things most surely believed among us" and we find it to be an assistance in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness.
A Brief Summary of Our Confession’s Teaching
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
We believe in One God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; eternal, unchangeable, and omnipresent; infinite in power, wisdom and holiness; the Creator and Preserver of all things; whose purposes and providence extend to all events, and who exercises a righteous moral government over all his intelligent creatures.
We believe that Man was originally holy; that our first parents disobeyed the command of God; and that, in consequence of their apostasy, all their descendants do also transgress His Law, and come under its just condemnation.
We believe that God has provided a way of salvation for mankind; that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, having taken upon himself our nature, has, by his voluntary sufferings and death, made an atonement for sin; and that every one who, with repentance for sin, believes in Christ, will be pardoned, justified, and saved through that faith alone.
We believe that while salvation is thus freely offered to all men, none do truly repent and believe in Christ but those who, according to the sovereign grace and eternal purpose of God, are renewed and sanctified by his Holy Spirit; and that none who are thus renewed, and chosen to eternal life, will be permitted to fall away as to finally perish.
We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; that its ordinances are Baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper; and that its officers are Elders and Deacons.
We believe God hath appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.