Through our study of the Bible, there are a number of convictions we have come to hold dearly. We embrace the Word of God and become convinced that it is the true, complete, and unified witness to God’s redemptive work in time.
From this foundation, we believe…
- In one God, the creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- In Jesus Christ, the living God, who became flesh through His virgin birth. He is true God and true man united in one person forever. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins and on the third day he rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the God the Father as our mediator.
- In the Holy Spirit who 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 Jesus as the savior. In dwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service, instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- That being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and so justifies them in His sight. Only those who are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
- That 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.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” – Rev. 22:20
- The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. 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.” – Eph. 2:10
Without neglecting our core convictions, we recognize that there may be different interpretations and applications of the teaching of scripture. Because of this, we are committed to Biblical Christianity, Presbyterian Polity, Evangelical outreach, and Reformed Theology while maintaining a culture nurtured in our denomination, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church…In essentials unity; In non-essentials charity; In all things grace.