Our Beliefs


John Newton, who composed the famous hymn Amazing Grace, said these words as he neared the end of his life: "My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior."

We have the same conviction: we are great sinners, and Christ is a great Savior.

The Holy BibleWe believe that Jesus is the perfect Son of God and the Bible is the perfect Word of God. We believe that sinners are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We believe that Jesus died and rose to life again so that everyone who trusts in him will receive from God the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Jesus said . . . "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die." (John 11:25-26)

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8)

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

In our worship services we regularly confess our faith using the great creeds and confessions of the Christian church, which include the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Our church is part of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church, which means that our pastor and elders teach the Bible alone as the Word of God, but they also agree that the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism are accurate summaries of the teachings of the Bible. (You can find these three documents, and much more besides, on the ARP Church website.)