What We Believe
Our beliefs can be summarized as those expressed by the Apostle's Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
This is in agreement with the Nicene Creed, which states things a little more precisely, with which we also agree.

In addition, we hold to the five "solas" of Reformed Theology, to wit:

  • Sola scriptura. Scripture alone.
  • Sola fide. By faith alone.
  • Sola gratia. By grace alone.
  • Solo Christo. Through Christ alone.
  • Soli Deo gloria. To the glory of God alone.
Or, to put them into a single statement: we believe in salvation through grace alone, given by faith alone in Christ alone, as revealed in scripture alone, to the glory of God alone.

This also sums up the statement of faith for most Protestant denominations in the United States. Thus, we are non-sectarian within that context.

Finally, as is necessary due to the obsession with sex in our culture and with the beliefs of certain sociopolitical movements, we feel obligated to make the following statements as well:

  • There are only two sexes: those with Y chromosomes are one (traditionally called "male") and those without Y chromosomes are the other (traditionally called "female").
  • Marriage, as designed by God, is between two humans of the opposite sex, who have made public their intention to stay together for life, and are not too closely related.
  • Sexual relations of any kind outside of marriage, as designed by God, are contrary to His will.
  • Within marriage, sexual relations are not only holy, but are not to be neglected by either partner. However, this does not allow for either partner to insist on practices that the other finds degrading or abusive.
  • Feelings are irrelevant to issues of sin and salvation. Actions, both words and deeds, are what are important.
  • God considers fantasizing about a sinful action to be morally equivalent to committing that action.
  • Racism is stupid, unbiblical, and ungodly.
  • Hatred towards any individual is morally equivalent to murder; however we are called to hate sinful behavior.

As important as correct doctrine is, we do not dismiss believers who belong to other groups, regardless of that group's beliefs, so long as those who claim to be believers hold firmly to salvation through faith in Christ alone.

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