WHAT WE BELIEVE
We whole-heartedly believe that biblical doctrine (teaching) is for doxology (glorifying and rejoicing in God)! The Holy Spirit creates and stirs worship for God in our hearts by the glorious things He has revealed to us about Himself in His Word.
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the very Word of God and are sufficient for our spiritual needs, clear to understand, and the final authority for how we ought to live in this life (2 Tim 3:16-17). Therefore we are convinced that the Scriptures must be studied and proclaimed. Above all, though, we believe that the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, points us to our gracious and merciful Savior Jesus Christ. It is God's desire for us as a community to unite and continually grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ together, responding to God's goodness with worship.
We are a confessional church, which means we believe the church should not only do the hard work of rightly interpreting Scripture but also the church should summarize what the Scripture's teach, so that we can publicly confess it, teach it, and delight in it. The church has been doing this since the time of Jesus' Apostles. The reason for this is that the right interpretation of Scripture is not a private, individual affair (2 Peter 1:21), and in fact, it is dangerous to follow movements based on an individual's interpretation of Scripture, as we see the sad effects of in countless cults and sects. Faithfully interpreting Scripture is a communal endeavor. Our confessional commitments should unite us with the church universal, that is, the saints down through the ages and around the world.
We trace our roots back to the Apostolic Church through the Protestant Reformation that took place in the 16th and 17th century, which was the faith our nation's founders brought with them. We believe the creeds and confessions of the Ancient and Reformed Churches are accurate and faithful summaries of the teachings of Scripture. As a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, we hold to the Westminster Standards, which includes the Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.