Second Congregational Church recognizes Jesus Christ and the inerrant Word of God as the sole authority of the church. In conformity with this belief we have approved and adopted the Savoy Declaration as that confession which best interprets the Scripture and most represents our fellowship. This confession will be that which unifies us in the word of God and for the service of our Holy King.
A helpful summary in brief is found in the Articles of Faith noted below. These articles are part of our Constitution and By-Laws.
1. We believe there is one God subsisting in three persons whose appellations in Scripture are Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are the same in essence and equal in every divine perfection.
2. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were written by men divinely inspired and that they contain all the truths necessary unto salvation.
3. We believe that God has a perfect knowledge of all his works, of the final issue of every event and of the end life condition of every intelligent creature; consequently a concerted plan in relation to creation, providence and grace, from eternity.
4. We believe that God created man in his own image, holy, upright, and constituted him, in regard to the moral state of his posterity, their public head and representative.
5. We believe that consequent upon man’s fall and apostasy from God, human creatures come into existence with a heart deceitful above all things and in a state of entire moral depravity.
6. We believe that for the purpose of carrying forward the work of man’s redemption, the Lord Jesus Christ has suffered and died in their room and stead and in this way wrought out a complete atonement, tasted death for every man, magnified the divine law and became its end to everyone that believes upon him.
7. We believe that divine and saving grace, according to the original and sovereign designs of God, will be, ultimately, so far displayed in the salvation of the hell deserving as will be most promotive of the divine glory and the happiness of the intelligent universe.
8. We believe that in order for the impenitent to become the subjects of right affection of heart and interested by faith in the atonement of Christ, they must be renewed in the temper of their minds by the divine and gracious agency of the Holy Spirit.
9. We believe that the sacraments of the New Testament are two: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, that those only who have a sincere and cordial friendship for Christ and have made a public profession of their friendship can be admitted to the Lord’s Supper and that visible believers with their children and households only can receive Christian baptism.
10. We believe that God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ when he will receive the godly to everlasting happiness and doom the wicked to everlasting sorrow.
Because only the most basic of knowledge is demonstrated at the conversion of a saint, the church requires only the most basic of confession for membership into the church recognizing it is the duty of the church to help the young believer grow with the Spirit to more fully understand the Scriptures as represented by the Savoy Declaration. All officers (Elders and Deacons) of Second Congregational Church must agree and approve this confession before they may serve as a leader and teacher in the church. If there is any part of the confession that a candidate cannot approve they may still be accepted for service if their confession is in conformity with the basics of our faith and their exception has been ,approved by the Board of Elder as not violating the integrity of the confession as a whole.