The Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God by which he has revealed himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God, eternally loving and gracious.
In Adam’s disobedience, all humanity fell from its original relation to God, and is thus dead in sin and enslaved by it.
The Father, in his infinite love and mercy sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world so that we may be saved through his sacrificial death and bodily resurrection.
The Holy Spirit raises man to spiritual life and convicts him of sin. By faith, when the sinner is baptized, he is clothed with the righteousness of Christ, becomes a saint of God, and is joined to Christ’s church.
The goal of God’s salvation in the life of the Christian is worship, purity, and service to the glory of God.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are central to the Christian faith. These gifts are biblical rituals of God’s covenant with believers and their children, as well as those who come to trust in Christ as adults.
At death the Christian’s soul passes immediately into God’s presence to enjoy him forever, while his body rests in the ground awaiting the final resurrection.
The good news of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ will be proclaimed by the church, in the power of the Holy Spirit, with the nations discipled according to the Great Commission (Matthew 28).
• The Three Forms of Unity:
The Canons of Dordt
The Belgic Confession
The Heidelberg Catechism
Corporate worship to the glory of God
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
Loving one another
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 4:7-8
Enjoying God’s world as his servants
“A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”
“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.”
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13; 8:7
Edifying one another
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Proclaiming the whole of God’s word as revealed in the Scriptures
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Restoring one another
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”
Advancing the kingdom of God through the proclamation of the gospel
“Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Exhorting one another to good deeds
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”