"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

Statement of Faith

About Us

Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.

There is but one only living and true God,
who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or
passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute, working
all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous
will, for His own glory, most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant
in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him,
and withal, most just, and terrible in
His judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty

(1) Dt
6:4; 1Co 8:4,6 | (2)1Th
1:9; Jer 10:10

(3) Job
11:7,8,9; Job 26:14

(4) Jn

(5) 1Ti

(6) Dt
4:15,16; Jn 4:24; Lk 24:39

(7) Ac

(8) Jas
1:17; Mal 3:6

(9) 1Ki
8:27; Jer 23:23,24

(10) Ps
90:2;1Ti 1:17

(11) Ps

(12) Ge
17:1; Rev 4:8

(13) Ro

(14) Isa
6:3; Rev 4:8

(15) Ps

(16) Ex

Eph 1:11

(18) Pr
16:4; Ro 11:36

1Jn 4:8,16

(20) Ex

Heb 11:6

(22) Ne

(23) Ps

(24) Nah. 1:2,3; Ex 34:7

Of Creation

It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the
manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, in the
beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein,
whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.

(1) Heb 1:2;
Jn 1:2,3; Ge 1:2; Job 26:13; Job 33:4

(2) Ro 1:20;
Jer 10:12; Ps 104:24; Ps 33:5,6

(3) Heb 11:3;
Col 1:16; Ac 17:24

Of Providence.

 God the great Creator
of all things doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures,
actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by His most
wise and holy providence, according to His infallible foreknowledge, and
the free and immutable counsel of His own will, to the praise of the glory
of His wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.

(1) Heb 1:3

(2) Da
4:34,35; Ps 135:6; Ac 17:25,26,28; Job 38,39,40,41

(3) Mt

(4) Pr 15:3;
Ps 104:24; Ps 145:17

(5) Ac 15:8;
Ps 94:8,9,10,11

(6) Eph 1:11;
Ps 33:10,11

(7) Isa 63:14;
Eph 3:10; Ro 9:17; Ge 45:7, Ps 145:7

Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.

  • Our first parents,
    being seduced by the subtlety and temptation of Satan, sinned in eating the
    forbidden fruit. This sin, God was pleased, according to His wise and holy
    counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory.

(1) Gen 3:13;
2Co 11:3

(2) Ro 11:32

  • By this sin, they fell from their original
    righteousness and communion with God, and so became dead in sin, and wholly defiled
    in all the parts and faculties of soul and body.

(1) Ge
3:6,7,8; Ecc 7:29; Ro 3:23

(2) Ge 2:17;
Eph 2:1

(3) Tit 1:15;
Ge 6:5; Jer 17:9; Ro 3:10-18

  • They being the root
    of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed, and the same death in sin and corrupted nature
    conveyed to all their posterity, descending from them by ordinary generation.

(1) Ge
1:27,28; Ge 2:16,17; Ac 17:26; Ro 5:12,15,16,17,18,19; 1Co 15:21,22,45,49 The Westminster
Confession of Faith, 7

(2) Ps 51:5;
Ge 5:3; Job 14:4; Job 15:14

  • From this original
    corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to
    all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual

(1) Ro 5:6; Ro
8:7; Ro 7:18; Col 1:21

(2) Ge 6:5; Ge
8:21 ; Ro 3:10,11,12

(3) Jas
1:14,15; Eph 2:2,3; Mt 15:19

  • This corruption of
    nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated; and
    although it be through Christ pardoned and mortified, yet both itself, and all
    the motions thereof, are truly and properly sin.

(1) 1Jn
1:8,10; Ro 7:14,17,18,23; Jas 3:2; Pr 20:9; Ecc 7:20

(2) Ro
7:5,7,8,25; Gal 5:17

  • Every sin, both original
    and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary
    thereunto, doth, in its own nature,
    bring guilt upon the sinner, whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God, and
    curse of the law, and so made subject to death, with all miseries spiritual,
    temporal, and eternal.

(1) 1Jn 3:4

(2) Ro 2:15; Ro

(3) Eph 2:3

(4) Gal 3:10

(5) Ro 6:23

(6) Eph 4:18

(7) Ro 8:20;
La 3:39

(8) Mt 25:41;
2Th 1:9

 Of God’s Covenant with Man.

  • The distance between God
    and the creature is so great, that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience
    unto Him as their Creator, yet they could never have any fruition of Him as
    their blessedness and reward, but by some voluntary condescension on God’s
    part, which He hath been pleased to express by way of covenant.

(1) Isa
40:13-17; Job 9:32,33; 1Sa 2:25; Ps 113:5,6; Ps 100:2,3; Job 22:2,3; Job
35:7,8; Lk 17:10; Ac 17:24,25

  • The first covenant made
    with man was a covenant of works, wherein life was promised to Adam, and in him
    to his posterity, upon condition of perfect and personal obedience.

(1) Gal 3:12

(2) Ro 10:5;
Ro 5:12-20

(3) Ge 2:17;
Gal 3:10

  • Man, by his fall, having made himself
    incapable of life by that covenant, the Lord was pleased to make a second, commonly
    called the Covenant of Grace, whereby He freely offereth unto sinners life and
    salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in Him, that they may be
    saved; and promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto eternal life
    His Holy Spirit, to make them willing, and able to believe.

(1) Gal 3:21;
Ro 8:3; Ro 3:20,21; Ge 3:15; Isa 42:6

(2) Mk
16:15,16; Jn 3:16; Ro 10:6,9; Gal 3:11

(3) Eze
36:26,27; Jn 6:44,45

  • This covenant of
    grace is frequently set forth in the Scripture by the name of a Testament, in
    reference to the death of Jesus Christ the testator, and to the everlasting
    inheritance, with all things belonging to it, therein bequeathed.

(1) Heb 9:15,16,17; Heb 7:22; Lk
22:20; 1Co 11:25 The Westminster Confession of Faith, 8

  • This covenant was
    differently administered in the time of the law, and in the time of the gospel;
    under the law it was administered by promises, prophecies, sacrifices,
    circumcision, the paschal lamb, and other types and ordinances delivered to the
    people of the Jews, all foresignifying Christ to come, which were for that time
    sufficient and efficacious, through the operation of the Spirit, to instruct
    and build up the elect in faith in the promised Messiah, by whom they had full
    remission of sins, and eternal salvation; and is called the Old Testament.

(1) 2Co

(2) Heb 8,9
& 10; Ro 4:11; Col 2:11,12; 1Co 5:7

(3) 1Co
10:1,2,3,4; Heb 11:13; Jn 8:56

(4) Gal

  • Under the gospel, when Christ the substance was
    exhibited, the ordinances in which this covenant is dispensed are the preaching
    of the Word, and the administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s
    Supper, which, though fewer in number, and administered with more simplicity
    and less outward glory, yet in them it is held forth in more fullness, evidence,
    and spiritual efficacy, to all nations,
    both Jews and Gentiles; and is called the New Testament.There are not therefore
    two covenants of grace differing in substance, but one and the same under
    various dispensations.

(1) Col 2:17

(2) Mt
28:19,20; 1Co 11:23,24,25

(3) Heb
12:22-27; Jer 31:33,34

(4) Mt 28:19;
Eph 2:15-19

(5) Lk 22:20

(6) Gal
3:14,16; Ac 15:11; Ro 3:21,22,23,30; Ps 32:1; Ro 4:3,6,16,17,23,24; Heb 13:8

Of the Church.

The catholic or universal Church, which is
invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or
shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse,
the body, the fulness of Him that filth all in all.

(1) Eph
1:10,22,23; Eph 5:23,27,32; Col 1:18

Of the Sacraments.

  • Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, immediately
    instituted by God, to represent Christ, and His benefits; and to confirm our
    interest in Him: as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong
    unto the Church, and the rest of the world; and solemnly to engage them to the
    service of God in Christ, according to His Word.

(1) Ro 4:11; Ge 17:7,10; see the refs. for section 2 below.

(2) Mt 28:19; 1Co 11:23

(3) 1Co 10:16; 1Co 11:25,26; Gal 3:27; Gal 3:17

(4) Ro 15:8; Ex 12:48; Ge 34:14

(5) Ro 6:3,4;
1Co 10:16

Of Baptism.

Baptism is a sacrament of
the new testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission
of the party baptized into the visible Church; but also, to be unto him a sign
and seal of the covenant of grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration,
of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to
walk in newness of life. Which sacrament is, by Christ’s own appointment, to be
continued in His Church until the end of the world.

(1) Mt 28:19

(2) 1Co 12:13

(3) Ro 4:11 with Col 2:11,12

(4) Gal 3:27; Ro 6:5

(5) Tit 3:5

(6) Mk 1:4

(7) Ro 6:3,4

(8) Mt

Of the Lord’s Supper.

  • Our Lord Jesus, in the
    night wherein He was betrayed, instituted the sacrament of His body and blood,
    called the Lord’s Supper, to be observed in His Church, unto the end of the
    world for the perpetual remembrance of the sacrifice of Himself in His death,
    the sealing all benefits thereof unto true believers, their spiritual
    nourishment and growth in Him, their further engagement in and to all duties
    which they owe unto Him; and, to be a bond and pledge of their communion with
    Him, and with each other, as members of His mystical body.

(1) 1Co
11:23-26; 1Co 10:16,17,21; 1Co 12:13

  • In this sacrament,
    Christ is not offered up to His Father; not any real sacrifice made at all, for
    remission of sins of the quick or dead; but only a commemoration of that one
    offering up of Himself, by Himself, upon the cross, once for all: and a spiritual
    oblation of all possible praise unto God, for the same, so that the popish
    sacrifice of the mass (as they call it) is most abominably injurious to
    Christ’s one, only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of His

(1) Heb 9:22,25,26,28

(2) 1Co
11:24,25,26; Mt 26:26,27

(3) Heb
7:23,24,27; Heb 10:11,12,14,18

  • The Lord Jesus hath, in
    his ordinance, appointed His ministers to declare His word of institution to
    the people; to pray, and bless the elements of bread and wine, and thereby to
    set them apart from a common to an holy use; and to take and break bread, to
    take the cup and (they communicating also themselves) to give both to the
    communicants; but to none who are not then present in the congregation.

(1) Mt 26:26,27,28
and Mk 14:22-24 and Lk 22:19,20 with 1Co 11:23-26

(2) Ac 20:7;
1Co 11:20

  • Private masses, or
    receiving this sacrament by a priest, or any other, alone, as likewise, the denial
    of the cup to the people, worshipping the elements, the lifting them up, or
    carrying them about, for adoration, and the reserving them for any pretended
    religious use; are all contrary to the nature of this sacrament, and to the
    institution of Christ.

(1) 1Co 10:6

(2) Mk 14:23;
1Co 11:25-29

(3) Mt 15:9

  • The outward elements in this sacrament, duly
    set apart to the uses ordained by Christ, have such relation to Him crucified,
    as that, truly, yet sacramentally only, they are sometimes called by the name
    of the things they represent, to wit, the body and blood of Christ; albeit, in
    substance and nature, they still remain truly and only bread and wine, as they
    were before.

(1) Mt

(2) 1Co
11:26,27,28; Mt 26:29

  • That doctrine which
    maintains a change of the substance of bread and wine, into the substance of
    Christ’s body and blood (commonly called transubstantiation) by consecration of
    a priest, or by any other way, is repugnant, not to Scripture alone, but even
    to common sense, and reason; overthroweth the nature of the sacrament, and hath
    been, and is, the cause of manifold superstitions; yea, of gross idolatries.

(1) Ac 3:21 with 1Co 11:24-26; Lk

  • Worthy receivers,
    outwardly partaking of the visible elements, in this sacrament, do then also,
    inwardly by faith, really and indeed, yet not carnally and corporally but
    spiritually, receive, and feed upon, Christ crucified, and all benefits of His
    death: the body and blood of Christ being then, not corporally or carnally, in,
    with, or under the bread and wine; yet, as really, but spiritually, present to
    the faith of believers in that ordinance, as the elements themselves are to
    their outward senses.

(1) 1Co 11:28 The Westminster
Confession of Faith, 27

(2) 1Co 10:16

  • Although ignorant
    and wicked men receive the outward elements in this sacrament; yet, they
    receive not the thing signified thereby; but, by their unworthy coming
    thereunto, are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, to their own
    damnation. Wherefore, all ignorant and ungodly persons, as they are unfit to enjoy
    communion with Him, so are they unworthy of the Lord’s table and cannot,
    without great sin against Christ, while they remain such, partake of these holy
    mysteries,(1) or be admitted thereunto.(2)

(1) 1Co
11:27,28,29; 2Co 6:14-16

(2) 1Co
5:6,7,13; 2Th 3:6,14,15; Mt 7:6