Our Beliefs

beliefs

Our Theology is Orthodox ...

... in that it affirms the classic doctrines of historic Christian orthodoxy as defined by the early church councils and formulated in such statements of faith as the Nicene Creed. These orthodox doctrines include such affirmations as the Trinity, the full humanity and the deity of Christ, and the historicity of the resurrection.

Our Theology is Evangelical ...

... in that it affirms, along with many other traditions, that the Bible is God's authoritative Word, that human beings are made in the image of God and yet are sinners in need of redemption, that Christ was incarnate in human flesh, lived a sinless life, was crucified on the cross, and after three days rose from the dead for our salvation, and that we are saved by the grace of God in Christ. Thus we would be considered "Evangelicals" which comes from the Greek word for gospel, meaning "good news" of a Savior, which people need to hear because of the bad news of our sinfulness.

Our Theology is Reformed ...

... in that, in addition to orthodox and evangelical doctrine, the distinctive doctrines of Reformers such as John Calvin, John Knox, and others, are also embraced in a way that distinguishes the Reformed tradition from some other traditions. Reformed theology is summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith, a confession that dates from the mid-17th century and still serves as the doctrinal foundation of many churches today. For the Nicene Creed, click here. For the basic doctrinal commitments of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, click here. For the Westminster Confession of Faith, click here.