Statement of Faith
“Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:13
The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has a duty to preserve the faith “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) as well as to preach the whole counsel of God (2 Tim 4:1,2). Throughout history God’s people have fulfilled this imperative by writing creeds, statements of faith, to summarize the most important elements of biblical doctrine.
Among these historic creeds, we subscribe to the ecumenical creeds including the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed (c. AD 381), and the Definition of Chalcedon (c. AD 451). In addition, our formal doctrinal statement is the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) – with a few exceptions. Because the Westminster Confession is so extensive, we have also adopted an Evangelical Statement (adapted from the National Association of Evangelicals) which summarizes some of our central convictions.
Though we subscribe robustly to these creeds, the Scriptures themselves are our final and infallible authority for both faith and practice.