WHAT WE BELIEVE
Our Articles of Faith
THE HOLY TRINITY
There is but one living and true God: everlasting; of inﬁnite power, wisdom and goodness; the Maker and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity within this Godhead there are three Persons of one substance, power and eternity; namely the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Word or Son of God, Made Flesh
The Son [which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, and is of one substance with the Father] took human nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin: so that two whole and perfect Natures [that is to say, Divinity and Humanity] were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead and buried, to reconcile his Father to us and to be a sacriﬁce, not only for original sin, but also for the actual sins of all people.
The Descent of Christ into the Place of the Dead
As Christ died for us and was buried, so also is it to be believed that he descended to the place of the dead and proclaimed the Gospel to those in captivity.
THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
Christ did truly rise again from death and took again his body with flesh, bones and all things pertaining to the perfection of human nature. He ascended into Heaven and there remains until he returns to judge all people at the last day.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son, equally very and eternal God.
The Sufﬁciency of the Holy Scriptures for Saving Truth
Holy Scripture contains all truth necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not found therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any person to be believed as an article of the Faith or to be thought essential to salvation. “Holy Scripture” or “Holy Bible” we do understand to be those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.
THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st Samuel, 2nd Samuel, 1st Kings, 2nd Kings, 1st Chronicles, 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
THE NEW TESTAMENT BOOKS
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1st Corinthians, 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st Thessalonians, 2nd Thessalonians, 1st Timothy, 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1st Peter, 2nd Peter, 1st John, 2nd John, 3rd John, Jude and Revelation.
such as the Apocrypha and other great writings of the faith, may be read for encouragement, example and wisdom; but they are not to be used to establish any doctrine.
Original sin is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every person, whereby all humanity is very far gone from original righteousness and of its own nature is inclined to evil. Every person born into this world, apart from the grace of God through Jesus Christ, is bound for spiritual death.
The fallen condition of Humanity is such that one cannot repent and prepare one’s self, by natural strength and good works, for salvation. Nonetheless, being created in God’s likeness, humans have a free will to choose or reject the leading of the Holy Spirit through whose sovereign power one may enter into repentance and saving grace through Christ. We have no power to do good works, pleasing and acceptable to God, without the grace of God through Christ.
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH
We are accounted righteous before God, only by the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through faith, and not by our own works or deserving. Therefore, we are justified by faith alone. Good works, which are the fruits and evidence of true saving faith, cannot put away our sins. Such works, however endure judgement and are pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ.
Christ took on likeness to humanity in all things, except sin, from which he was clearly devoid, both in his flesh and in his spirit. He came to be the Lamb without spot and who, by sacriﬁce of himself once made, takes away the sins of the world.
sin after salvation/baptism
Repentance through grace is available to all who fall into sin after Salvation and Baptism. We may depart from grace and fall into sin, and by the grace of God we may repent and amend our relationship with God.
salvation only by the name of christ
There is only one name in heaven and on earth whereby humans must be saved: Jesus Christ.
The visible Church of Christ is that body of people in all times and places who trusts in Christ for salvation and is reconciled to the Father through him.
the authority of the church
The Church has the authority and responsibility to boldly proclaim and faithfully interpret the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. It may promote and ordain such rites and activities as do advance said faithful proclamation to the prevalent culture. The Church must wisely intervene to settle destructive controversies of faith. It is anathema that the Church should ordain or promote any thing that is contrary to God's Word. The Church’s authority is only validated by its obedience to Christ.
Sacraments ordained of Christ are sure witnesses and signs of grace and God's good will towards us, through which God works invisibly in us, and mysteriously makes alive, strengthens and confirms our faith in him. There are two Sacraments clearly ordained of Christ in the Gospel: Baptism and the Supper of the Lord (Holy Communion.)
Baptism is not only a sign of profession and mark of difference whereby Christians are discerned from those not baptized, but it is also a sign of Regeneration or New Birth. Those who receive Baptism are by grace and mystery grafted into the Church, into the promises of the forgiveness of sin and into adoption as the children of God.
the lord’s supper
The Lord's Supper Holy Communion is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ's death insomuch as: those who humbly receive the host elements do mysteriously partake of the Body and Blood of Christ. This sacrament is also a sign of the love and fellowship that Christians ought to have among themselves as the Body of Christ.
the one offering of christ, finished on the cross
The Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is no other satisfaction for sin, but that alone.