We believe God inspired the authors of Scripture, the 66 books of the Old and New Testament, by His Spirit, to speak to all generations of believers, including us today. God calls us to immerse ourselves in His word communally and individually, to faithfully interpret and live out the story today as we are led by the Spirit of God.
We believe that God is and was and always will exist in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that in the beginning God created all things. He created human beings in His spiritual image, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of His creation, and were brought into existence to be in fellowship with Him, others, and creation. Satan tempted the first humans–Adam and Eve. Through Adam’s sin, darkness and evil entered the world. This disastrous and devastating event resulted in all of humanity being fatally flawed. From that point on all of creation has been marred and broken. Because of sin, our relationships with God, others, ourselves, and creation are fractured and in desperate need of redeeming.
We believe God has never forsaken His creation, but has promised restoration to this broken world. God chose Abraham and his descendants to represent Him in the world. They were to be a blessed nation so that through them all other nations would be blessed. Throughout history, God remained faithful, even though his children continually rebelled. Over time God used prophets to rebuke his people. He used them to call His people back to their mission to care for the poor and oppressed, to live as His children, and to point to the Messiah. Still, Abraham and his descendants continued to forsake God’s purpose and plan for their lives. Through it all, there was a small group that continually hoped for a future with peace, justice, reconciliation, and a renewed reign of God.
We believe this hope was fulfilled when God sent his son Jesus, the Messiah to earth. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Jesus was fully God and fully man. He came to preach good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, and set the captives free. He revealed who God is and proclaimed the beginning of a new kingdom to restore this broken world. Jesus, though perfect and sinless, was rejected by many. He willingly suffered and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the entire world by dying on a cross. He rose from the grave to satisfy divine justice, demonstrate His power over sin and death, and to bring hope to all of creation.
We believe through Jesus we receive salvation. Through Him, and Him alone, we are forgiven of our sin. By this forgiveness, our relationship with God is restored. Salvation is given by grace and is received by personal faith in Jesus the Christ. Salvation is maintained by God’s grace and power and not by the self-effort of the believer. Through the Holy Spirit all those who believe are affirmed as children of God. God’s Spirit continues to empower, comfort, counsel, guide, and lead His children into truth. As followers of God we seek to live under His Spirit’s control and to live missional lives of faith bringing glory to God.
We believe the Church is established in Christ and is his bride and body. The church is a global and local expression of living out the way of Jesus. The local church practices spiritual disciplines and celebrates baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. Every member of the global and local church is a vital part of the church in fulfilling Christ’s great commission and ministering to this broken and hurting world.
We believe in eternity, and we believe God created human beings to exist forever in this eternity. Jesus will return to earth again and will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will bring peace, justice, and life. On that day, creation will be restored, and God will dwell among us. Jesus will reclaim this world and judge the living and the dead. Those who know Him will have their relationships restored and will live forever in His presence. Those who do not know Jesus will exist eternally separated from God. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven.
As followers of Jesus, we are hopeful and are expectantly longing for His return. We have one life here on earth, and we give ourselves and our lives to make known to all this hope we have in Jesus.
In Non-Essential beliefs, we have liberty. Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.
In All our Beliefs, we show charity. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (Romans 14:1,4,12,22; 1 Corinthians 13:2)