Our Commitment to the Gospel and Confessional Faith
We seek to join the Apostle Paul in saying that we are “not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). And we likewise join the Lord’s Apostle in saying that the true Gospel has been revealed with sufficient clarity that it can be distinguished from other false gospels (2 Corinthians 11:3-4) and that all such false gospels incur the everlasting displeasure of God (Galatians 1:6-9).
Our church has a protestant character, referring to our historical descent from and spiritual identification with the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Protestantism is not so much a matter of “protesting” in the modern sense of objecting or opposing something but is focused upon the original sense of the word, i.e. bearing witness. Thus, we are protestants, because we are witnesses who are testifying or making a confession of our faith—declaring what we believe and what we are for, not merely what we are against. And therefore, our protestant character is a reference to our confessional character.
As confessors of our faith, we bear witness to the Evangel, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore our church has an evangelical character. Although “evangelical” has become an increasingly broad and nebulous term with modern connotations of various sorts of political affiliations and social activism, we affirm an evangelical character in the classical sense of the Protestant Reformation emphasizing the substance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.