Leaphart Elementary School, 120 Piney Grove Road, Columbia, SC 29210 Sunday School: 9:30AM | Morning Worship: 10:30 AM

What We Believe

We believe…

1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the

original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final

authority for Christian faith and life.

2. In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father,

Son and Holy Spirit.

3. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the

virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scripture. Further, He

arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High,

He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

4. That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict

men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly

living and service.

5. That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost and only through

regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

6. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and

salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Spirit and, thus,

become children of God.

7. That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the

present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation.

8. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have

been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the


9. That only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the

local church.

10. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right under

Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

11. In the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital

bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the

Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

Above all, the authority for our beliefs, our worship, and our lives is the Word of God. We hold to the

historic creeds of the Christian church, and our doctrinal positions are outlined in the Westminster

Confession of Faith along with the Shorter and Larger Catechisms. (1) We are a Reformed church, and

thus affirm the “Five Solas” of the Protestant Reformation as outlined below.(2)

Soli Deo Gloria: to God alone be the glory

We affirm that because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God, it is for God’s glory

and that we must glorify Him always. We must live our entire lives before the face of God, under the

authority of God and for his glory alone.

We deny that we can properly glorify God if our worship is confused with entertainment, if we neglect

either Law or Gospel in our preaching, or if self-improvement, self-esteem or self-fulfillment are allowed

to become alternatives to the gospel.

Solus Christus: through Christ alone

We affirm that our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone. His

sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to

the Father.

We deny that the gospel is preached if Christ’s substitutionary work is not declared and faith in Christ

and His work is not solicited.

Sola Scriptura: revealed in Scripture alone

We affirm the inerrant Scripture to be the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can

bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the

standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured.

We deny that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christian’s conscience, that the Holy

Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual

experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation.

Sola Gratia: by grace alone

We affirm that in salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by His grace alone. It is the supernatural

work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us

from spiritual death to spiritual life.

We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by

themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerated human


Sola Fide: through faith alone

We affirm that justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. In justification

Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God’s perfect justice.

We deny that justification rests on any merit to be found in us, or upon the grounds of an infusion of

Christ’s righteousness in us, or that an institution claiming to be a church that denies or condemns sola

fide can be recognized as a legitimate church.

(1) To include the Apostle’s Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the Heidelberg Catechism

(2) Taken from The Cambridge Declaration of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals