Though we believe that every Christian needs to understand and articulate the doctrines of Scripture, we also recognize the importance of our timeless identity with the Body of Christ through the historic confessions of faith. We, therefore, affirm the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689 as an excellent statement of the doctrines of Scripture and most accurate of the historic confessions of faith.
We strive to maintain a high view of God, Christ, the Scripture, and the Holy Spirit.
A high view of God causes our purpose to be God’s glory. (Eph. 1:12, 14)
God has created all things, including us, to be to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:12,14). Therefore, our purpose is to glorify Him. “Proclaim the good news of His salvation. Declare His glory among the nations” (I Chron. 16:23, 24).
A high view of Christ causes our goal to be Christ-likeness. (Rom. 8:28, 13:14; Eph. 5:1)
God has revealed Himself and His glory through the written Word and the Incarnate Word (Jn. 1:1-14; 17:1-6, 17). We display God’s glory best when we clearly demonstrate Christ by obeying and accurately proclaiming His Word. Christians, as sinful beings, are constantly being transformed, more and more, into the image of Christ (II Cor. 3:18). Therefore, the most accurate presentation of Christ to the world, at this time, is the written Word of God (II Pet. 1:19-21).
A high view of Scripture causes us to diligently study, accurately proclaim, and obediently live out the Scripture.
We emphasize accurate, faithful handling of the Word of God. Verse-by-verse expository preaching is the best method to convey the original meaning of the text. Faithful expository preaching is built upon a literal, grammatical, historical, contextual approach to biblical interpretation, and it provides an example of thorough Bible study for those who hear it (II Tim. 2:15, 3:16-4:2). Academic knowledge of Scripture is never the goal for either the proclaimers or hearers; we must obediently live the Scriptures as the Holy Spirit gives us understanding (Jas. 1:21-25).
A high view of the Holy Spirit causes us to recognize our need for total dependence on the Spirit in imitating Christ and in understanding, obeying, and proclaiming the Word. (Gal. 3:3, 5:25, 6:8)