Faith

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Sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in 2008

As a Christian mission organization, our faith and teachings are based on the Bible alone (sola scriptura), centered on the Gospel of God — that salvation is by grace alone (sola gratia) through faith alone (sola fide) in Christ alone (solus Christus), all for the glory of God alone (soli Deo gloria)!

OUR BASIC BELIEFS

First page of a Greek manuscript of the Gospel of Matthew in the British Library

First page of a Greek manuscript of the Gospel of Matthew kept at the British Library

1. The Bible is the perfect and authoritative Word of God for faith and life.

2. There is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. God is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.

4. All men are sinful and totally corrupt, making them subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

5. Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% man.

6. The sacrificial death of Jesus Christ satisfied the wrath of God for His people.

7. Sinners are declared righteous by grace alone through faith alone.

8. The Holy Spirit causes and enables true believers to grow in holiness and obedience.

Icon depicting the Emperor Constantine and the bishops of the First Council of Nicaea (325) holding the Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed of 381.

Icon depicting the Emperor Constantine and the bishops of the First Council of Nicaea (325) holding the Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed of 381

9. The church is the community of professing Christians and their children.

10. Jesus Christ will return again as Judge of all men and to receive His church.

OUR DOCTRINAL STANDARDS

The Bible is our final rule for faith and life. Its teachings are faithfully summarized in three ecumenical creeds and six Reformed confessions.

The ecumenical creeds are:

1. The Apostles’ Creed

2. The Nicene Creed

3. The Athanasian Creed

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Statues of William Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox at the Reformation Wall of Geneva, Switzerland

Following are the Reformed confessions that we adhere to:

1. Three Forms of Unity

a. Belgic Confession of Faith (1561)

b. Heidelberg Catechism (1563)

c. Canons of Dordt (1618-19)

2. Westminster Standards

a. Westminster Confession of Faith (1647)

b. Westminster Larger Catechism (1647)

c. Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647)

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