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statement of faith

Scripture: The Bible, in its 66 books, is the infallible, inerrant and inspired Word of God. It is divine revelation that carries the full measure of God’s authority, and to which we are obliged to submit.

The Trinity: Within the Triune exists a unity of three distinct yet fully divine persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three comprise the one true, eternal God, one in substance, equal in power and glory.

God: God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. God is fully omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, whose decrees and purpose are fixed.

Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, having two natures inseparably united in one divine person without confusion, mixture, separation or division. Each nature retains its own attributes. In the incarnation, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life among people, was crucified, dead and buried, rose on the third day, ascended to heaven, and will come again in glory and judgment. He is the only Mediator between God and man.

The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is of one substance with the Father and the Son. He eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son, and He dwells in the hearts of believers, effecting their regeneration monergistically and operating in their sanctification synergistically.

Creation: God, by the word of His power, created from nothing the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He further preserves and governs all His creatures and all their actions according to His most holy, wise and powerful providence.

Man: After God made the other creatures, He created man, both male and female, in His own image, but because Adam sinned and woefully fell in his responsibility, he and his posterity entered into a state of moral corruption and moral inability and became estranged from their Creator, thus deserving death as the punishment for sin.

Atonement and Reconciliation: Because all have sinned, atonement must be made in order for man to be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ made a complete atonement for His people through His substitutionary atoning death on the cross. He imputes His righteousness to all believers securing us full redemption for all who repent of their sin and trust in Him alone for salvation.

The Law: The moral law perfectly reflects the unchangeable character of God and forever binds all people, believers as well as unbelievers.

The Church: Christ has established a visible church, which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the regulation of the authority of Holy Scripture, preaching the gospel of Christ, administering the sacraments, and exercising discipline.

Additionally, I adhere to the ancient statements of Christian faith — the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Creed of Chalcedon, and I affirm the historic Christian faith as articulated in the Five Solas of the Reformation, namely:

Sola Scriptura: The Bible is the sole written divine revelation, our only infallible rule for faith and life, and alone can bind the conscience of believers absolutely.

Sola Fide: Justification is by faith alone. By God’s free grace, the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to us by faith and is the sole ground of our acceptance by God, by which our sins are pardoned.

Solus Christus: Jesus Christ is the only mediator through Whose work we must be redeemed.

Sola Gratia: Our salvation rests solely on the work of God’s grace for us.

Soli Deo Gloria: Salvation has been accomplished by God, therefore to God alone belongs the glory.

In summary, salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, for the glory of God alone.

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