Nothing on the planet has more redemptive potential than a church that’s tuned in to their unique, God-given identity and mission.
As we increasingly live lives worthy of the name God gave us, we envision a community of faith through whom: the Gospel is proclaimed, the lost come home, believers mature, God-given abilities are deployed, resources are well-stewarded, relationships are reconciled, strangers become friends, the poor find compassion, ugly church politics find no foothold, singles aren’t alone, families are strengthened, young people are trained in the way they should go, hope is restored and God is glorified.
While we hold some things in common with other churches, we embrace values and practices that contribute to our unique family identity. Here’s a sampling…
We are a church that believes in the Bible, studies the Bible, preaches and teaches the Bible, and seeks to obey the Bible. The Bible is central to all that we are and do. In it God speaks to us today concerning every area of life and thought. In a day when biblical authority is undermined or neglected in many churches, we seek to be faithful to the Word of God.
We place our trust and faith in Christ alone: in his person, work, and Word. The Bible and it alone, as the Word of Christ, is our final standard for all that we believe and do. It is inspired of God and therefore the absolute authority as truth; inerrant and infallible in all matters, including history and science. The whole counsel of God in Scripture is our standard in every area of life and thought.
We affirm that the Bible is the written Word of God:
We confess that this Word of God was not sent nor delivered by the will of men, but that holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit, as Peter says. Afterwards our God - because of the special care he has for us and our salvation - commanded his servants, the prophets and apostles, to commit this revealed Word to writing. He himself wrote with his own finger the two tables of the law. Therefore we call such writings holy and divine Scriptures. (Belgic Confession, Article 3)
The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God. (Westminster Confession of Faith 1.4)
We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture. And the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is, to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God: yet notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts. (Westminster Confessio of Faith 1.5)
The Bible exhorts us to promote the unity of the church through common beliefs: “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1–6). It also calls us to have a unity of heart and mind; “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1–3).
Faith is a personal act that has as its content a body of objective truths which we confess in unity with other Christians. The New Testament speaks of “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3; cf. Acts 6:7, 14:22; Galatians 1:23). Biblical faith is intelligible and can be theologically articulated in creed, catechism, and confession.
As a PCA church, we hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms as secondary standards (the Bible itself is the only infallible rule of faith and practice). Our Elders and Deacons take a vow to “sincerely receive and adopt” these confessional documents “as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures.”
Additionally, we believe these historic creeds and confessions of the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition to be faithful: The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Athanasian Creed, The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Canons of Dort.
You can find out more about what we believe in the Distinctive Convictions section (found under the Distinctive Convictions tab) regarding: baptism, church discipline, marriage and remarriage, and men and women.
Though not official statements for our church (nor of the Reformed Church in America), the theology in The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, Danvers Statement and The Gospel Coalition’s Confessional Statement is shared by Elders and shapes their philosophy of ministry.