Article 1: The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain, infallible, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
Article 2: God
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
Article 3: The Trinity
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
Article 4: Providence
God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
Article 5: The Plan of God
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation. We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them—all to the praise of his glorious grace. (Luke 22:42; John 6:37; Ephesians 1:4; Titus 3:3-6; I Peter 1:2)
Article 6: The Fall of Man
God originally created man in his own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby all people inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and his law, are under condemnation, and will personally transgress God’s Law.
Article 7: The Mediator
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the Law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to his Father, at whose hand he ever lives to make intercession for his people. He is the only Mediator, Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.
Article 8: Regeneration
Regeneration is a change of heart, brought about by the Holy Spirit, who makes alive the dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.
Article 9: Repentance
Repentance is when a person, being led by the Holy Spirit, is made aware of the evil extent of his sin. He then humbles himself with godly sorrow and hatred of it. From there on, he commits with purpose to walk before God in order to please him in all things.
Article 10: Faith
Saving faith is the trust, on God’s authority, of what Scripture promises of Christ’s atoning sufficiency; accepting and resting upon him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit and leads to a life of holiness.
Article 11: Justification
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on him and his righteousness by faith.
Article 12: Sanctification
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all of Christ’s commands.
Article 13: Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by his Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Article 14: The Church
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all his true disciples, and in him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to his commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into local gatherings called churches; and to each of these churches he has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which he has appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Pastors (Elders or Overseers) and Deacons.
Article 15: Baptism
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church membership, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.
Article 16: The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by his churches until the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate his death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with him, and of their church fellowship.
Article 17: The Lord’s Day
The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.
Article 18: Liberty of Conscience
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and he has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, unless they are contrary to his word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Article 19: Marriage
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and his church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
Article 20: Gender & Sexuality
God created humanity distinctly and complementary as male and female. We affirm that the scriptures prohibit homosexuality and any forms of gender fluidity, recognizing them as sin and perversions of His good plan. In the same way, improper heterosexual relationships are also a perversion of God’s good plan and God requires repentance from all sins.
Article 21: The Resurrection
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God — the righteous to rest with him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
Article 22: The Judgement
God has appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.