We are a Christian Church that believes in the Bible. We hold fast to "the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3) We confess and believe all that is taught in the Old and New Testaments, which are the inspired and infallible word of God. We summarize Scriptural teaching regarding the holy Trinity and Christ in the great ecumenical creeds of the ancient church:
These teach that Scripture alone, through faith alone in the perfect righteousness of Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. As a historic Reformed church, we trace our heritage from the Apostles through the ancient church to the Protestant Reformation.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and...to the breaking of bread." (Acts 2:42) According to Scripture, the Holy Spirit creates true faith through the preaching of the "word of God" (Romans 10:17), which is the gospel, and confirms and assures our faith by the administration of the holy sacraments, namely, baptism (Col 2:11-12) and the Lord's Supper (1 Cor 11:17-34). These means of grace are the center-points of our worship.
"But we preach Christ crucified" (1 Cor 1.23) Biblical preaching distinguishes between the two parts of God's word: law and gospel, the bad news and the good news. The law demands perfect obedience from sinners and the gospel tells us that Christ has performed that obedience on behalf of all who trust in him. God meets with us in worship, putting to death our old nature through the law and renewing our new nature by the gospel, feeding us with Christ, "the bread from heaven" (John 6:50), the nourishment of our souls.
"Come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our maker" (Psalm 95:6) The presence of God is holy ground (Exodus 3:5), therefore he calls his people to worship "with reverence and awe" (Hebrews 12:29) and to "rejoice with trembling" (Psalm 2:11). Biblical worship is not entertainment, emotional experience or fads, but is directed to our Triune God who sits upon the throne and is glorified through his people (Revelation 4-5).
"Call the Sabbath a delight" (Isaiah 58:13) The "Lord's Day" (Revelation 1:10) is a commemoration of the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, on "the day the Lord has made" (Psalm 118:24). We gather, therefore to "rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24) as God speaks to us through his word and we respond to him in song, prayer, offering, and fellowship. He has given us this day as a gift, to rejoice in his creation (Exodus 20:11) and redemption (Deuteronomy 5:15), by gathering in the morning and evening as a church family.
"I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendents" (Genesis 17:7) God has made his covenant of grace, in both the Old and New Testaments, with believing parents and their children (Acts 2:39; Ephesians 6:1). Therefore we administer covenant baptism to unbaptized converts and to the children of believers (Genesis 17; Colossians 2:11-12). We administer the Lord's Supper regularly (Acts 2:42) to those who are baptized and have made profession of faith and are members in good standing of a true church (1 Corinthians 5:2; 11:20-34). As godly families, whether single or married, with or without children, we highly encourage family devotions.
"You are the salt of the earth...You are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:13-14)
In addition to growing in the faith, we desire to share the gospel with those outside the church, by our words and lifestyle. We not only prepare ourselves to give an answer for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15), but we pray that many shall believe the gospel.
"In the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14) Christians were not delivered to live apart from the church but were united to Christ to be part of his church (Ephesians 4:4-6). Just as the apostolic church met and submitted to one another (Acts 15), so we belong to a larger body of congregations because we believe the Bible demands accountability. For this reason, we are affiliated with the United Reformed Churches of North America. The creeds, confessions and historic liturgies of the church also link us to other believers across time, geographical boundaries and cultures.