The Doctrines of the Bible
Can a faith be as old as Abraham and as relevant in a modern, technological age? Some will say we have a very "old-fashioned" faith. Others will say what we are teaching is new and radical to their ears.
We do not try to sound old or new, but instead we seek to be faithful to what God has shown us in His Word written in the Bible and appearing in his Son, Jesus. We have no desire to preach or teach anything other than that which is taught in God's Word in the Old and New Testaments. Yet that is no simple task, for the Bible is a comprehensive unveiling of God's nature, His ways and His will. Believing that we are not the first generation of believers to be led by God's Spirit, we study the way the great saints in history read the Bible. Especially, we use the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Westminster Confession of Faith and catechisms as accurate statements of biblical faith. If you would like to read these statements of faith, just ask us for a copy, or view them online.
While the word "Reformed" is often used to describe our church, we just think of ourselves as trying to be biblical. In fact, the word "Reformed" simply means that we are willing to be re-formed, that is, changed, by God's Word. Certainly, this involves a joyful acknowledgement that Jesus is the unique God-Man who has come into the world to save human beings from themselves, and ultimately, from the wrath of the God who is our ever-holy Creator. By His living and dying and rising again, and by His Ascension to rule the universe, Jesus is the working out of God's own love and anger toward us, in such a way that we now describe our salvation as being:
- By Grace Alone – because only God can give this sheer gift.
- Through Faith Alone – because nothing we could ever do could pay God back or warrant such mercy.
- In Christ Alone - because no one else is God bearing the penalty of our sins.
- According to the Scriptures Alone - because a Jesus of our invention is no real Jesus.
- For the Glory of God Alone – for our salvation adorns his fame.
Our relation to God is not casual, but covenantal: that is, it is based in God's solemn, gracious promises to us as His chosen-by-grace people. Our theology is thoughtful but not academic or arcane, for in our faith, theology is always to lead to doxology (knowing God leads to the praise of God). The mind serves the heart. As Jesus Himself taught us, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."