Summary of Beliefs


Our beliefs can be briefly summarised in the following watchwords of the Reformation

1. Scripture Alone (sola Scriptura) - The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and completely trustworthy Word of God, and is the ONLY rule for faith and conduct. This means that we endeavour to submit unconditionally to everything the Bible teaches. (2 Timothy 3:16)

2. Grace Alone (sola Gratia) - Man can only be saved from sin and its consequences by the renewing work of the Holy Spirit. This manifestation of God's sovereign goodness to sinners, which excludes all human merit, the Bible calls the grace of God. (Ephesians 2:8)

3. Faith Alone (sola Fida) - This salvation is not the result of mankind's own accomplishments (i.e. works), but is obtained ONLY by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His atonement accomplished on Calvary's cross. By this faith a man becomes righteous before God, trusting ONLY in the finished work of Christ.(Hebrews 4:2)

4. Christ Alone (solus Christus) - The Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY Mediator between God and man. Therefore He is the ONLY One through Whom sinful man can be reconciled with his Creator. Whom he has offended and does offend by his sins. Only His perfect sacrifice and righteousness are acceptable to God. (John 14:6)

5. Glory to God Alone (soli Deo Gloria) - The chief purpose of man's existence is to live to God's glory, which therefore also is the chief purpose of the salvation of sinners. This means that all honour and glory for the salvation of sinners must be given to God ONLY. (Revelations 7:12)

These beliefs are more thoroughly explained in the following doctrinal standards: