Our Distinctives
Our Distinctives

We are evangelical.

This means that we take our stand with all those who believe in what used to be called “the fundamentals”:  the existence of the triune God, the deity of Jesus, the virgin birth, the substitutionary & vicarious atonement of Christ, the physical resurrection of Christ, the sure return of Christ, and the infallibility & divine authority of the Bible.  We joyfully affirm our unity with those from every tradition and denomination who hold to those fundamentals, including those true believers in Christ who, for whatever reasons, find themselves members of denominations or churches with which we might have certain disagreements.

We are evangelistic.

We take seriously the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations.”  Without compromising the sovereignty of God, we affirm the responsibility of each person to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord & our responsibility to extend the Gospel invitation as a call to salvation to everyone who hears its message.  We invite all, without distinction, to drink freely of the water of life and to live eternally.

We are reformed.

We believe that the reformed faith is biblical faith.  Reformed distinctives include the sovereignty of God in His creation, providence and election of believers apart from any merit of their own; the irresistible grace of God provided for and preceding the faith of the individual; the sufficiency of God’s grace apart from which man is dead in sin and wholly defiled in all his faculties of soul and body; the efficacy of Christ’s death for all those who believe in Him by grace; the safe-guarding of all those for whom Christ died for eternity.  We seek to hold to our reformed convictions humbly, recognizing the sincerity and earnestness of godly men and women who hold other positions.

We are confessional.

This means that we have a written confession of faith, which we believe to be a good and accurate summary of the Bible’s teaching.  Our confession consists of the Westminster Confession of Faith & the Larger & Shorter Catechisms.  

We are covenantal.

To say we are covenantal means we believe that the unifying principle of the Scriptures is the one covenant of grace that God made with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and finally, and most importantly, finds fulfillment in Jesus Christ. To speak of the unity of the covenants means that there is one way and one way only to salvation in both the Old and New Testaments – that is, by faith alone in Christ alone.

We are Kingdom-centered.

We believe that the Kingdom of God is not only a future hope but is also a present reality.  We believe that the ascension of Jesus Christ means that He is presently reigning from Heaven & therefore we are called upon to honor and obey Him in every area of our personal lives & to plant the banner of Christ’s Kingdom rule in every area of human endeavor.

We are Presbyterian.

This word refers to our form of governance.  We believe that the most clear biblical pattern is for churches to be governed by presbyters (elders) who rule jointly in what are called “church courts”; sessions, presbyteries, and the General Assembly.