But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
— 2 Thessalonians 2:13

 

What we believe

The Bible

The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.  We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit through its authors.  Scripture thus speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of its various authors.

 

God

We believe in one true God, in three persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  These three are one, the same in substance, equal in power and in glory.  In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein.  Even now, he continues to sustain His creation, and He orders the affairs of people and nations according to His own wise, eternal plan.

Salvation

Although we were created to have fellowship with God, humans chose long ago to go our own independent way, and thus we live in alienation from God.  Our salvation is entirely the work of God’s free grace, when he looks upon us with compassion, lifts us up from our sin and devastation, and restores us to life.  God saves everyone who comes to Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, and promises to us life and happiness and everlasting peace in the resurrection of our bodies on the last day.

Jesus Christ

Jesus is our "Emmanuel," God with us. In the coming of Jesus Christ on earth, God said YES to mankind, by taking our humanity up into his own being.  Jesus preached repentance, healed the sick, restored the sight of the blind, and lived among the downcast of our world. He was crucified under the Roman governor of Judea, and after three days he rose from the dead, and later ascended into heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Father. To all who believe in him and walk in his ways, he offers freedom from Satan and an eternal home with him when he comes to judge the living and the dead.

Holy Spirit

God sends his Holy Spirit to draw us to his Son, Jesus Christ. Unlike the other spirits of the world, the Spirit of God works always for love and peace and truth, and unifies men and women everywhere to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Church

In our union with Jesus Christ, all believers become members of one another. There is one true universal Church, which is composed of all people everywhere, living and dead, who have trusted in Christ alone for salvation.  God commands us to assemble together for the purposes of worship, edification, and mutual encouragement, and wherever God’s people meet in obedience to this command there the Church, and there is Christ.

Word & Sacrament

Through His ministry on earth, Christ has taught us to come to him to be fed by Word and Sacrament.

A sermon is the Word of God spoken through the mouth of a person (Rom 10:14). It is for gathering and upbuilding Christ's people, and destroying and overturning the powers that surround us and seduce us away from God. We gather week after week to listen for the voice of our Lord, and to offer him praise and love and obedience.

A sacrament is God’s word to his people in the forms of water, bread, and wine. They were instituted by Jesus himself, for the offer, gift, and seal of the forgiveness of sins and communion with God which Christ purchased on our behalf. We celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and Communion in keeping with the Scriptures.

For more information about Baptism & Communion at SDPC, please click here.