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WHAT WE BELIEVE

According to

The Westminster Standards

God (Theology Proper)

There is but one true and living God (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth (John 4:24). There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory (Matthew 3:16-17). God created all things out of nothing, by the word of His power, the space of six days, and all very good (Genesis 1:1).​

Sin (The Fall)

Our first parents, Adam and Eve, being left to the freedom of their own will fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God (Genesis 3:6-8). The covenant of life being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his posterity; all mankind, descending from him by ordinary generation, sinned in him and fell with him, in his first transgression (Genesis 2:16-17). Every sin deserves God's wrath and curse both in this life, and that which is to come (Galatians 3:10).

Election

God, having out of His good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into covenant of grace to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).​

Jesus Christ (Christology)

The only Redeemer of God's elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was, and continues to be, God and man in two distinct natures, and one person forever (Isaiah 9:6). Christ's humiliation consisted in his being born, made under the law, undergoing the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross (Galatians 3:13). Christ's exaltation consisted in his rising again from the dead on the third day, ascending up to heaven, sitting at the right hand of the God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day (1 Corinthians 15:4).

Salvation

To escape the wrath and judgment of God, due to us for sin, God requires of us faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 16:30-32). Faith in Jesus Christ is saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he offered to us in the gospel (Romans 4:16).

Justification

Faith justifies a sinner in the sight of God not because of good works that are fruits of it, or any act thereof, were imputed to him for his justification, but only as it is an instrument by which God receives and applies Christ and His righteousness to the sinner (Romans 3:28).

Holy Spirit (Pneumatology) 

True believers, by reason of the unchangeable love of God, and His decree and covenant to give them perseverance, their inseparable union with Christ, His continual intercession for them, and the Spirit of God abiding in them, can neither totally nor finally fall away from grace, but are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (Hebrews 13:20-21).​

Church

All saints, that are united to Jesus Christ their Head, by His Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with Him in His graces, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory. And, being united to one another in love, they have communion in each other's gifts and graces, and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man.​

Bible

Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testament; all which are given by inspiration of God to be the rule for faith and life (2 Timothy 3:15-16). The authority of Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, depends not upon the testimony of man, or church, but wholly upon God the author thereof; and therefore, it is to be received, because it is the Word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

Resurrection

At the resurrection, believers, raised up to glory, shall be openly acknowledged and audited in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity (1 Corinthians 15:42-43).​

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