We agree with the following historic doctrinal confessions of the
The Apostle's Creed.
The Nicene Creed.
The Westminster Confession.
Statement of Faith (based on the Confessional Statement of The Gospel Coalition).
What we believe about...
The Triune God
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally
divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know,
love, and glorify one another.
This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his
love and in his holiness.
He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is
therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration.
Immortal and eternal, He perfectly and exhaustively knows the
end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all
things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes
to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to
the praise of his glorious grace.
God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the
created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human
beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word.
Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has
graciously disclosed himself in human words:
We believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the
Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments,
which are both record and means of his saving work in the world.
These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of
God, which is utterly authoritative and without error in the
original writings; complete in its revelation of his will for
salvation; sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and
do; and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to
which it speaks.
We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness preclude
the possibility of knowing God's truth exhaustively, but we affirm
that, enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God's revealed
The Bible is to be believed as God's instruction in all that it
teaches; obeyed as God's command in all that it requires; and
trusted, as God's pledge in all that it promises.
As God's people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are
equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel.
Creation of Humanity
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in
his own image.
Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself
declared to be very good, serving as God's agents to care for,
manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship
with their Maker.
Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal
access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move
beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public
engagement in family, church, and civic life.
Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh
union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual
relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves
as a type of the union between Christ and his church.
In God's wise purposes, men and women are not simply
interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually
God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the
loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband
exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial
love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way
that models the love of the church for her Lord.
In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged
to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the
manifold ministries of the people of God.
The distinctive leadership role within the church given to
qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and
must not be side-lined by appeals to cultural developments.
We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that
image and forfeited his original blessedness-for himself and all
his progeny-by falling into sin through Satan's temptation.
As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted
in every aspect of their being (e.g., physically, mentally,
volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and
irrevocably to death-apart from God's own gracious intervention.
The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the
God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all
human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can
rescue us and restore us to himself.
The Plan of God for Man
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to
save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and
language and people and nation, and to this end foreknew them and
We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those who by grace
have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them-all to
the praise of his glorious grace.
In love God commands and implores all people to repent and
believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and
having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer.
We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus
Christ-God's very wisdom.
This good news, although utter folly to the world, is the power
of God to those who are being saved.
The gospel is Christological, that is it is centred on the cross
and resurrection of Jesus Christ:
the gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed,
and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death
and resurrection are not central.
the message is: "Christ died for our sins . . . [and] was
This good news is
biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the
theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins, to
reconcile us to God),
historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is
worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more
than all others),
apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the
apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events),
and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and
held firmly, individual persons are saved).
The Redemption of Christ
We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father,
the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and
fully human being, one Person in two natures.
The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived
through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, and was born of
the virgin Mary.
He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life,
performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into
As the mediatorial King, he is seated at the right hand of God
the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God's
sovereignty, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate.
We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection,
and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and
He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness
of God: on the cross he cancelled sin, propitiated God, and, by
bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those
By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father,
broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power
over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people.
By his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has
prepared a place for us to be with him.
We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is
no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.
Because God chose the lowly things of this world, the despised
things, the things that are not, to nullify the things that are,
no human being can ever boast before him.
Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our
righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
The Justification of Sinners
We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully
discharged the debt of all those who are justified.
By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for
our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God's
justice on our behalf.
By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on
our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited
to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God.
Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his
obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely
and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free
grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of
God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.
We believe that a zeal for personal and public obedience flows
from this free justification.
The Power of the Holy Spirit
We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and
secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy
Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the
Lord Jesus Christ, and, as the other Paraclete, is present with and
He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and
by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead
sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they
are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are
justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus
By the Spirit's agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and
adopted into God's family; they participate in the divine nature
and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts.
The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised
inheritance and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips,
revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
The Kingdom of God
We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God
through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the
Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings
of the new covenant:
the forgiveness of sins,
the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify,
trust, and obey God,
and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed.
Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace.
Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world
that is dark, believers should
neither withdraw into seclusion from the world,
nor become indistinguishable from it:
rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and
honour of the nations is to be offered up to the living God.
Recognizing whose created order this is, and because we are
citizens of God's kingdom, we are to love our neighbours as
ourselves, doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the
household of God.
The kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is
the exercise of God's sovereignty in the world toward the eventual
redemption of all creation.
The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan's
dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and
faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom.
It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human
life together under God.
God's New People
We believe that God's new covenant people have already come to
the heavenly Jerusalem; they are already seated with Christ in the
This universal church is manifest in local churches of which
Christ is the only Head; thus each "local church" is, in fact, the
church, the household of God, the assembly of the living God, and
the pillar and foundation of the truth.
The church is the body of Christ, the apple of his eye, graven
on his hands, and he has pledged himself to her forever.
The church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred
ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by
her love for God, and by her members' love for one another and for
Crucially, this gospel we cherish has both personal and
corporate dimensions, neither of which may properly be overlooked
Christ Jesus is our peace: he has not only brought about peace
with God, but also peace between alienated peoples.
His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity, thus
making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Jew and Gentile
to God through the cross, by which he put to death their
The church serves as a sign of God's future new world when its
members live for the service of one another and their neighbours,
rather than for self-focus.
The church is the corporate dwelling place of God's Spirit,
and the continuing witness to God in the world.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordained by
the Lord Jesus himself
The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant
the latter with on-going covenant renewal.
Together they are simultaneously God's pledge to us, divinely
ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once
crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his
return and of the consummation of all things.
The Restoration of All Things
We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our
Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his
role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the
the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in
hell, as our Lord himself taught,
and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who
sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new
earth, the home of righteousness.
On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by
the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and
its wretched effects forever banished.
God will be all in all and his people will be enthralled by the
immediacy of his ineffable holiness, and everything will be to the
praise of his glorious grace.