- We believe in Sola Scriptura – which means that the Bible alone is the first and final authority in the church. The Bible, we believe, is inspired, infallible, and inerrant.
- We believe in Sola Fide – which means that faith is the alone instrument of our justification. Justification is God’s declaration that we are “not guilty” in the sight of God. Since it is by faith alone, this means that the works of the Law can not justify a sinner. Over against the teachings of Rome, the Reformers stressed that no amount of good works can earn God’s favor. Only Christ’s righteousness, imputed to us by faith alone, can gain God’s favor for us.
- We believe in Sola Gratia – which means that since we cannot earn God’s favor, his favor must come to us by His good grace and mercy. Salvation is not something we can earn, but must be bestowed on us from above. Even our faith, by which we are justified, is given to us as a gift from God.
- We believe in Solus Christus – which means that it is Christ alone who saves and it is Christ alone through whom we can come to God the Father. We do not need any human mediators (priests, saints, etc.), all Christians can come to God through Jesus and by the power of his Holy Spirit.
- We believe in Soli Deo Gloria – which means that since salvation is none of us, it is all of God. And if we did nothing for our salvation, but it was given to us as a gift from God, He – and He alone – receives the glory. All our boasting is in the Lord, and not in ourselves.