We believe that the basis of truth and education must be found in the Triune God and His infallible Word. All core beliefs must be based upon principles established in the infallible sixty-six books of sacred Scripture [the Canon].
These core beliefs are explained in our doctrinal standards:
The Heidelberg Catechism
The Belgic Confession of Faith
The Canons of Dordt
A short summary of these core beliefs is as follows:
We believe that there is one true God, and that He is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, omnipresent, independent, omniscient, indivisible, almighty, perfectly wise, just, gracious, and the overflowing fountain of all good [Belgic Confession, Art. 1]. “To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen. (I Tim. 1:17).
We believe that this God, though one in essence, has revealed Himself in three distinct and coequal Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (I John 5:7, NKJV)
We believe that God has revealed Himself to man by two means: first, by general revelation through His creation, His providence, and man’s conscience; secondly, He makes Himself far more clearly and fully known by special revelation through His Word, the Holy Bible. “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Rom.1:20). “The revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages … has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith” (Rom.16:26).
We believe that the Bible is not the reflection of the will of man, but that holy men of God spoke as they were inspired and moved by the Holy Spirit. “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (II Peter 1:21). The Bible is the complete and only infallible Word of God delivered to mankind, which alone is able to make us wise unto salvation (2Tim.3:15).
We believe that this Word of God not only teaches the truth about God but also about man. We believe that God created man perfect and upright, and after His own image in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27). After the fall of man, this image of God, comprising true knowledge, righteousness and holiness, was severely disfigured. The image of God in man is again restored through a living faith in Jesus Christ: “And [you] have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him”. “… and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” ((Col. 3:10; Eph. 4:24).
We believe that man willingly subjected himself to sin and fell from his holy state. Conse-quently all are born in sin and will die in sin, unless regenerated by the Spirit of God to find complete salvation in the one Mediator, Jesus Christ. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned … And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Rom.5:12; Col. 2:13).
We believe in the one and only Mediator between God and man, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who in one Person is both God and man:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and was buried: He descended into hell: The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. (Apostles’ Creed)”
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Act 4:12).8.
We believe that the Word of God provides clear instruction not only for the way of salvation, but also for man’s everyday life in the world. We believe that all spheres and domains of life, education inclusive, must be subject to the ordinances and glory of God. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (I Cor. 10:81). And again, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2Tim.3:16, 17).
We believe that although infant baptism places us under the privileges of an external (non-saving) covenant relationship with God, we need the personal regenerating work of the Holy Spirit to bring us into the covenant of grace in an internal (saving) covenant relationship with God. “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God” (Romans 2:28-29). “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the king-dom of God’” (John 3:3).