- We affirm that the sole authority for the Church is
the Bible, verbally inspired, inerrant, infallible, and totally sufficient and
- We affirm that the authority and sufficiency of scripture extends to the entire Bible, and therefore that the Bible is our final authority for all doctrine and practice.
- We affirm that the Bible reveals God to be infinite
in all his perfections, and thus truly omniscient, omnipotent, timeless, and
- We affirm that God possesses perfect knowledge of
all things, past, present, and future, including all human thoughts, acts, and
- We affirm that the doctrine of the Trinity is a
Christian essential, bearing witness of the one true God in three divine
persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of the same substance and
- We affirm that Jesus Christ is true God and true
Man, having existed for all eternity, and having been born of a virgin.
- We affirm that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life
and that he died on the cross as a substitute for sinners, as a sacrifice for
sin, and as a propitiation of the wrath of God toward sinners.
- We affirm the death, burial, and bodily
resurrection of Christ as essential to the Gospel.
- We affirm that Jesus Christ is Lord over His Church.
The Gospel and Salvation
- We affirm that salvation is by grace alone, through
faith alone, in Christ alone, to His glory alone.
- We affirm that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s
means of bringing salvation to His people, that sinners are commanded to
believe the Gospel, and that the Church is commissioned to preach and teach the
Gospel to all nations.
- We affirm that salvation comes to those who truly
believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
- We affirm that the righteousness of Christ is
imputed to believers by God’s decree alone, and that this righteousness,
imputed to the believer through faith alone, is the only righteousness that justifies.
Article IV – The Church
- We affirm that the shape of Christian
discipleship is congregational, and that God’s purpose is evident in faithful
Gospel congregations, each displaying God’s glory in the marks of authentic
- We affirm that a Christian cannot be
a faithful disciple apart from the regular teaching, discipline, fellowship,
and accountability of a congregation of fellow disciples, organized as a Gospel