The chief end of man to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Doctrine does not belong within the pages of dusty theology books or within the halls of academia—but belongs in the heart of every believer. Each member enjoys God by being united with Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit joining the loving communion of the Trinity. Each member glorifies God by recognizing His glory through the transformation of the Gospel.
The clearest declaration of God’s glory is found in His Word, both incarnate and written. This written grants us the treasure of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, and graciously teaches all that is necessary for life and faith. We glorify God by recognizing and receiving His authoritative self-revelation, both in infallible Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
We worship the only true God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—who is both one in essence and three persons.
God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. The ongoing act of creation is further manifested in God’s gracious sovereignty and providence, maintaining the existence of the world and all living creatures for the sake of His glory.
But, the present disordered state of the world in which we and all things are subject to misery and evil is not God’s doing, but rather a result of humanity’s free, rebellious choice—a rejection of and a separation from God’s perfect will.
We confess Jesus Christ, as He is attested to us in Holy Scripture, is the one Word of God as the sole path by which all of creation is redeemed. Jesus Christ is both truly God and truly human. We confess His bodily resurrection through the testimony of the witness of our patristic fathers. Christ’s death and resurrection is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good. Those who are united with Christ and in His death have died to and repented of their sin, are also united with Christ in His resurrection and are made alive from their sin.
And through His grace, God the Holy Spirit fulfills the work of reconciliation in human life. The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church as the community in which people are reconciled to God and to one another.
As humanity is reconciled with God and with each other, God chooses and preserves for Himself a community of elected saints who are united by one Lord, and one holy, catholic and apostolic faith. The Church’s foundation exists on the proclamation of the one Word of God, Jesus Christ as Lord. The Church is united by the sacraments that are given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The sacraments are visible signs and seals that we are united with Christ and as such are united together as a community of faith by His death and resurrection. By our use of them the Holy Spirit more fully declares and seals the promises of the gospel to us. God sends out this covenant community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another to advice the gospel of Jesus Christ, plant new missional communities and stand within our Reformed heritage.