Why We Exist
The sovereignty of God is the foundation of our beliefs; every other belief stems out of our understanding of God's sovereignty. God is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, meaning that he is the King and Ruler of the universe. However, we don't merely believe that God created the universe and then left it to its own will, but rather, we believe that as ruler, God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, meaning that he is intimately involved in every infinitesimal detail of everything that takes place in the universe. We believe that God has sovereignly determined from all eternity whatsoever will come to pass, and works His sovereign will in His entire creation, both natural and spiritual, according to His predetermined plan in order that he may be glorified.
We believe that the Bible (Protestant cannon of 66 books comprising both the Old Testament and New Testament) is the revealed Word of God and the only authority for the faith and life of the God's people (2 Timothy 3:16). We believe in the importance of every one of Jesus's disciples reading the Bible daily (John 8:31). We do not believe in the continued revelation of new information about God through sources outside the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19).
We believe that salvation is gained by God's grace through faith alone apart from works (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, Romans 11:6). Although all people are sinners, God out of his grace and mercy, has imputed the righteousness of Jesus to his people, allowing them to be legally justified before him (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 9:15-16, 10:4).
God's Covenant with His People
We believe that when God first created humans, he established a covenant of works with them (Genesis 2:16-17). In this covenant, man would continue to have life as long as he lived in obedience to all of God’s commands, namely, to abstain from eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When man disobeyed God, he spiritually died and fell out of relationship with God. God then instituted a new covenant with his people: the covenant of grace (Genesis 3:15). The covenant of grace is only possible because Jesus fulfilled the covenant of works by living a sinless life. Before the time of Jesus, this covenant was promised solely to the Israelites because they were God's chosen people. But upon Jesus's death, God chose to incorporate people within every nation (people group) around the world into his kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:44-48, John 12:32).
The Inherent Human Condition
We believe that at the fall, man, who was originally created in the image of God, became totally corrupt. He was unable, in his own will and power, to come to God. This corruption has affected not only the first humans, but also the entire human race (Romans 5:12). Man is not merely sick and in need of a doctor to heal his illness; man is completely dead with no life in him and needs to be raised to life (Ephesians 2:1-3).
We believe that from all eternity, God has chosen to raise some people from death to life. This election is not based on works done by the elected or based on God's foresight of who would choose him, but is based solely on his sovereign will (Romans 9:15-16).
We believe that Jesus's death on the cross involved not just human torture and punishment, but that he endured the divine wrath of God as a substitute for his people (Jeremiah 25:15-38, Matthew 26:39). Jesus's death allowed him to atone for our sins so that God can welcome us into a perfect relationship him.
God Draws His People to Him
We believe that God is completely responsible for the work of raising his people to life by drawing them to him (John 6:44, 2 Corinthians 5:17). God will raise every person to life whom he has elected in order that his divine plan is accomplished (John 6:37).
God's Preservation of His Elect
We believe that God’s preservation will enable his elect to endure to the end and thus, be saved (Matthew 24:13). As Jesus said, “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day” (John 6:39). This perseverance or endurance should not be understood as something which Jesus's disciples are able to do on their own, but rather, as something which God gives them the strength to accomplish.
Jesus's Second Coming
We believe that Jesus will one day return to earth to gather all of his people to him and to justly condemn everyone else to eternal punishment for their sins. Jesus will then reign as King over his people in his eternal kingdom known as the New Jerusalem.