We Are Protestant
At the turn of the 16th century, a monk named Martin Luther helped spark the Protestant Reformation. This movement was a departure from the excesses and perversions of the Roman Catholic Church and a return to the sufficiency of the Scriptures. From this reformation came five principles called Solas:
Sola Scriptura: The Scripture alone is our highest authority.
Sola Fide: We are justified by God through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sola Gratia: It is by God’s grace alone that we are saved.
Solus Christus: Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
Soli Deo Gloria: We live for the glory of God alone.
We Are Confessional
We regard the 2nd London Confession of 1689 as an excellent expression of biblical doctrine.
We Are Calvinistic
Calvinism is a simple way of understanding what the Bible teaches about how God accomplishes and applies salvation:
Radical Depravity: Man is so pervaded by sin that it affects the emotions, mind, body, and will of all men. While we are not as sinful as we could be, we are incapable of saving faith because we are spiritually dead, inclined to evil continually, and hostile to God. Man, apart from the sovereign grace of God, cannot and will not by nature turn from the sin they embrace and believe in the Christ they reject.
Unconditional Election: God, in eternity past, chose certain individuals to salvation and not others. Election is according to the kind intention of God’s will and not based on any foreseen faith or merit in the individual. Apart from this incredible act of grace, no one would be saved because no one seeks after God.
Particular Redemption: Jesus died for the sins of his elect. He didn’t just make salvation possible, he actually secured the salvation of his people through his work of redemption. Christ’s death actually cancels our sin debt, satisfies God’s wrath, and secures his people's justification, sanctification, and glorification.
Efficacious Grace: Because the natural man is spiritually dead in sin, God alone can make us alive in Christ and give us the gifts of faith and repentance. Because God is merciful, he graciously overcomes our resistances and gives us the new birth whereby we forsake our sin and cling by faith to our Savior.
Persevering Grace: Those effectually called by the Father, redeemed by Christ, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit will persevere to the end. Just as God has caused us to be born again through the work of his Spirit, we are kept by God’s power until the very end.