I believe in one God, infinite in power and perfection and being, eternal and unbound by time, creator of heaven and earth and all that is seen or unseen. All living things came to be at his command and proceeded according to his divine will and providence; he is the author of every natural process and he alone sustains them by his powerful word. He eternally exists as one God, and yet three persons, coequal and co-eternal with one another, none ever having been made or come into existence, and none subordinated to or placed above the others; these three persons are revealed to us in Scripture as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Word of God and God incarnate, the second person of the Holy Trinity, worthy of glory and honor and praise, through whom and for whom was made everything that ever has been or ever will be made, who came to earth in the form of a man to reconcile the world to himself and save his people from their sins. He, like us, was tempted in every way, yet did not sin, and instead submitted himself to God, being obedient even to death. I believe he suffered and died as a propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of his people, and that he rose again on the third day by the power of God, as both he and the Hebrew prophets foretold, conquering death and putting Satan to shame. I believe that by trusting in him and repenting of my sins, his righteousness is imputed to me, and my sins are imputed to him, in a great exchange. I believe that I receive adoption as a child of God, being made a co-heir with Christ of his eternal kingdom.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the promised gift of God and the third Person of the Trinity, who has come now to convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment and to lead us into all truth, who indwells believers and empowers them for peaceful and godly lives and fruitful ministry, and above all creates in their hearts a desire for holiness. He alone converts the soul and causes his people to be born again to a living hope, bringing them forth of his own will by the word of truth that they might believe on Christ for salvation.
I believe mankind, male and female, were made in the image of God and offered everlasting life through obedience to and communion with their Creator. But we went astray, as scripture teaches, and seeking to be our own gods, we severed ourselves from our source of life, corrupting our natures toward sinful desires and condemning us to the ultimate punishment — a fate from which we may be liberated and redeemed only by penitent faith in the Lord Jesus.
I believe the Holy Bible to be inspired by God and hence, infallible and authoritative on all matters on which it was and is intended to teach. I believe that through the study of scripture and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the one true God will make himself known to those who seek him, as he promises in his word.
I believe in one Church, established and knit together by the living God, which is to serve as his hands and feet in the present age. I believe in the imminent, visible, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of this age, to take his elect ones to dwell with him, spotless and beloved, in the new heavens and new earth; and to judge those who did not believe, but rather remained in their rebellion against God—these will receive their reward. Thus shall all of history be consummated and Christ’s glorious, eternal reign inaugurated.
Thanks be to God for his grace and mercy in giving us his Word in order that we might be restored to right relationship with him through faith.