What We Believe

As a community of believers in Jesus Christ, the core of who we are is rooted in the gospel.  As an Evangelical Presbyterian Church, our foundational beliefs are based in the Westminster Confession of Faith.  Additionally, we abide in the uniqueness of the EPC, whose identity is marked by: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

The Gospel:

The gospel is the good news of God’s grace working in power in this world. It is God’s grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption and consummation which He has established through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Christ’s death is a sacrifice to God for our sins. It simultaneously satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and demonstrates His incredible love and grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which mankind can be saved. At the heart of our doctrine is the cross of Christ, and we long to be a group of people whose every decision and action are established in the gospel.

The Bible:

All Scripture is literally the Word of God and, therefore, truth. The Bible is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the final authority on all matters to which it speaks.

God:

We believe in the eternal, triune God. We believe that God is the Creator of the universe and all that is in it; that He is the King over His Creation and desires both loyalty and love from all people. He is without change, just, holy, all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, the supreme judge over all, yet full of mercy and compassion.

Jesus Christ:

Jesus Christ, the God of the universe, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross as effective sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Father, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.

Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.

Mankind:

By nature and, consequently, by choice, mankind has become estranged from and condemned by God for our sinfulness.  Our salvation is wholly dependent upon Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, which has been offered to us through God’s grace.  God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone.  Only those that have received Jesus Christ and have been born of the Holy Spirit become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

Church:

The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and worship is expressed with sincerity, the sacraments are administered in their integrity and loving fellowship is maintained. No local church will be perfect until the return of Jesus Christ.

Our Call as Christians:

The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).