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A Reformed Statement Of Faith

Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Sola Christi, Soli Deo Gloria!

(1) The Holy Scriptures, that is the 66 books of the Bible, are inspired (i.e., God-breathed), inerrant (i.e., totally true in all they affirm), sufficient (i.e., telling us all that God wills to tell us and all that we need to know for salvation and eternal life), and clear (i.e., straightforward and self-interpreting on all matters of importance.

(2) God is Triune, that is he is One God existing in three Persons: “the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is infinitely wise, just, good, true and powerful, the ultimate reality, exclusively deserving religious worship and unquestioning obedience, who made the world out of nothing.

(3) Man, made in the image of God, willfully disobeyed God’s command, and thereby became worthy of death. From that time on, all human beings, save Jesus Christ, have been guilty of sin before God, have been permeated to the core of their being with sin (i.e. totally depraved) and thus God’s wrath abides on all who are not in union with Jesus Christ.

(4) Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man. He was (literally, really) born of a virgin. He worked miracles. He fulfilled prophecy. He suffered and died for our sin (substitutionary sacrifice), bearing its guilt and penalty, thus satisfying the righteous wrath of God. He was raised physically from the dead. He will come again (literally, physically) to gather his people and to judge the world.

(5) Salvation from sin comes to us not by our good works, but by receiving the free gift of God by faith. Saving faith receives the sacrifice of Christ as our sacrifice, as our only basis for fellowship with God. And such saving faith inevitably motivates us to obedience.

(6) Prayer is not mere meditation or self-improvement, but a genuine conversation with our Creator and Redeemer. In prayer we praise God, give thanks, ask forgiveness, and make requests which bring concrete changes in the world according to God’s sovereign and perfect will. Prayer is an ordained means through which God sovereignly accomplishes his good purposes in the lives of his children and in the world as a whole.

* Statement adapted from J. I. Packer, Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs, Wheaton, Ill., Tyndale House © 1993.

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