Our theology and doctrine may best be summarized under the five “solas” of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, when a small number of godly and courageous men, after centuries of spiritual darkness under the religious domination and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, cried out for reformation of many unbiblical beliefs and practices of the church. While we no longer live under the same cultural and religious oppression as those reformers, we are still committed to the same fundamental, indispensable, biblical truths expressed in these five Latin phrases:Sola Scriptura
Scripture Alone. We believe the Bible ( 66 books of Old and New Testament ) is the only inspired Word of the only true and living God. We submit to the Bible, not men, not councils, not conventions, not confessions or creeds, as our ultimate authority for all that we believe and do as individual Christians and as a local church. We reject all other supposed forms of “revelation” in addition to or instead of the inspired Scriptures.Sola Gratia
Grace alone. Due to the rebellion and guilt of man, man deserves and has earned only justice from His Maker. Due to his condition of spiritual death, man can do nothing to change His legal position before God. Therefore, if any man is released from that justice, it is completely due to the purpose, pleasure, and work of God, not because of any inherent qualities or works of man.Solus Christus
Christ alone. The requirements for salvation, justification, redemption, propitiation, atonement, adoption, etc… were all accomplished by Jesus Christ alone. He alone, as the righteous substitute for sinners, met God’s demands and satisfied God’s justice with His own blood on the cross. God required nothing and no one else to fulfill His righteous demands for the salvation of His people. God displayed His satisfaction in Christ alone by tearing the veil in the Temple and by raising Christ from the dead.Sola Fide
Faith alone. Since there is no man who is righteous in standing or can earn righteousness with his own works, justification must be through the only One who is righteous, Jesus Christ. Therefore, salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone, with the righteousness of Christ being credited to all who trust completely in Him. Furthermore, since man is spiritually dead, even the faith he exercises in Christ must be a gracious gift from God. The works of man have no part in earning justification, but will be the immediate response of all who are justified by faith.Soli Deo Gloria
Glory to God alone. All that God has done in creation and redemption is for one preeminent purpose: His glory. He made and saves men so that man will see and enjoy and worship Him. The individual Christian life is the intentional pursuit of God’s glory in all we think, say, and do. The ministry and worship of the gathered local church is deliberately designed and controlled for the glory of God alone. The consummation of all things, the eternal punishment of all unbelievers and the eternal blessing of all believers, will be carried out for the glory, worship, and praise of God alone.
This is a summary of the fundamental, indispensable, biblical truths to which we are committed as a local body. Though hundreds of years and thousands of miles separate us from the men who originally cried out these solas, our heart’s desire is the same – We are committed to Scripture alone, depending on the grace of God alone for justification, by the blood of Christ alone, through faith in His righteousness alone, for the glory of God alone.
* To see a full doctrinal statement of what we believe, feel free to request a copy by contacting us.