All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God's redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:
1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
4. Being separated from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation and justifies them in His sight. Those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22:20)
7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)
(Adopted from Evangelical Presbyterian Church)
Furthermore, we believe that sexuality is a gift from God and is to be fully enjoyed in the context of marriage between a man and a woman (Gen 2:24, Matt 19:5). Marriage is a divine institution and is designed by God to be a lasting covenant between a husband and a wife with the purpose of procreation, companionship, mutual enjoyment and edification, protection and expression of Christ's love for His church (Eph. 5:21-33). Children, likewise, are God's gifts and are possessing life and God's image from the time of conception. Unborn babies, being fully human, with body and soul have the right to be born.
The New City Catechism (NCC)
Seedbed Church adopts The New City Catechism (NCC) developed by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, NY and the Gospel Coalition. NCC is 52 questions and answers developed and adapted from the Reformation catechisms: Calvin’s Geneva Catechism, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
The New City Catechism Project of Knox Theological Seminary
Video Reflections by Dr. Michael Allen