Our Beliefs
Our Beliefs

Our beliefs are the foundation for who we are and what we do. Our beliefs are based on what the Bible says about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and humankind. The heart posture of our leadership is to convey, in truth and in love, what we are for as a church, as epitomized in the quote “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love (charity).” This Statement of Beliefs does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, serves as the final authority and source of what we believe concerning truth, morality, and proper conduct

Our Belief Statements

One God: In Three Persons

We believe there is one, true, living God who is perfect in all His attributes and eternally exists in three distinct persons (often referred to as the Trinity) – God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Godhead is fully God, having the same perfect nature and attributes, and who is worthy of the same worship and obedience. The three are equal and unique, work in conjunction with each other and are never in conflict. God is the Creator and Ruler of all things. He made humans in his image to cultivate and care for creation as partners who reflect his character and glorify Him.

Genesis 1:1-2, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30

God: The Father

We believe God has revealed himself as the divine father figure who provides and protects His children, listens to their prayers, and works for their good. He has invited every person to become part of His family through faith.

Psalm 68:4-5; Isaiah 63:16; Matthew 6:6, 9; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 4:4-6

God: The Son, Jesus

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father. We believe Jesus will return in power and glory. We believe Jesus’s life, as conveyed in the Bible, is our example and pattern for living.

Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4, 29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:15; 1 John 2:6

God: The Holy Spirit

We believe in the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit that lives within people who profess Jesus as Lord and Savior. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit enables believers to resist sin and live a fruitful Christian life. When we will listen, the Holy Spirit and God’s Word act together in cohesion to guide us as followers of Jesus in wisdom and discernment, allowing us to avoid being fooled by worldly philosophy or fine sounding arguments. We should live and walk by the Spirit. We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is the primary evidence of the Spirit’s work in the believer’s life.

John 14:16,17; Acts 2:38; Galatians 5:16-26

The Bible: God’s Word

We believe the Bible is the Word of God and through it He reveals Himself to humanity. The Bible is true and accurate, and is the standard for truth. It is internally consistent and tells a story of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. God used over 40 different authors to write the 66 books of the Bible, all divinely directed by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:15-17; Romans 15:4; Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 7:24; Psalm 119:11; Colossians 3:16; James 1:22; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:20-21

Humanity: God's Image

We believe all people from all races, nationalities, and both genders are created in the image of God. Because of this, every life is sacred from conception to its natural end, and we are called to love and care for the physical and spiritual needs of each other, and to care for all of creation. Though we are the pinnacle of God’s Creation, all people have sinned – we have willfully rebelled and disobeyed God. Therefore, apart from the atoning sacrifice Christ made on our behalf, all people are hopeless, lost, and deserving of eternal separation from God.

Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; 1 Corinthians 12:27; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Peter 3:9

Salvation: God Pursues

We believe salvation is a gift from God of forgiveness and a promise of an eternity in His presence. We believe that though we are the pinnacle of God’s Creation, all people have sinned. We have willfully rebelled and disobeyed God. Therefore, apart from the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf, all people are deserving of eternal separation from God. Being reconciled back to God is based on the work of Jesus on the cross where He sacrificially died, paying the price required of sin for all those who have faith in Jesus. We are saved for good works, not by good works.

John 3:16-17; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 17:3

The Church: God Sends

We believe the church is not a physical building. The church represents all who believe in Jesus and are called to spread His love to the ends of the earth. It is a community where anyone can belong. All followers of Jesus are called to take an active role in the body of a local church and God’s mission.

1 Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 28:19

Communion: The Lord’s Supper

We believe in dedicating time every week to celebrating the Lord’s Supper. We eat bread and drink juice to remember the sacrifice Jesus made when he died in our place on the cross. The bread represents his body, which was broken for us. The juice represents his blood, which was spilled out for us. Anyone who has professed faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord may participate in the Lord’s Supper.

Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.

Baptism: Immersion

We believe the Bible teaches that baptism by immersion allows us to identify with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is the first step of obedience when making a commitment to follow Jesus. Baptism allows a believer to publicly communicate his/her commitment and surrender to God. Jesus modeled baptism for us when he was baptized by John in the Jordan River.

Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 2:36- 39; Romans 6:1-14.