Our Beliefs

This page sums up our most important beliefs, but it doesn’t tell you the whole story. Our church is a place where questions and doubts are welcome. We just want to seek truth together, and we hope you’ll come and join us on that journey!

The Bible

The Bible is trustworthy in its content, which was specially revealed by God through human authors. We regard the Scriptures as the highest authority for our beliefs and practices. Where the Bible speaks clearly we are unified, where it is unclear or mysterious we accept diversity of opinions, and in all things we show love to all people.

Jeremiah 36:1-2; Ezekiel 11:5; Micah 3:8; Amos 1:1; Matthew 22:43; Mark 12:36; John 12:44-50; Acts 1:16; 4:25; Romans 3:2; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21

God

There is one God and Lord, the Almighty Creator of the heavens and the earth, existing for all eternity with neither beginning nor end. He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, loving, just, holy, and truly good. He is One God, and He simultaneously exists and interacts as three distinct Persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:1-2; Exodus 3:14-15; Isaiah 43:10-13; 46:9-10; 57:15; Jeremiah 23:23-24; John 1:1; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 9:19-24; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 John 4:7-12

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of the One True God, an uncreated and eternal member of the Divine Trinity, the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament scriptures, and the historical Person described in the New Testament. In accordance with the Scriptures, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, remained both fully God and fully human, proclaimed the good news of the Kingdom of God in word and deed, lived a perfect and sinless life, modeled holiness and true humanity for His followers, was killed by crucifixion to atone for the sins of His people, was raised back to life on the third day, established His Church through His apostles, and ascended into heaven to take His place at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, to establish His Kingdom, and to reign forever.

Matthew 1:18-25; 25:31-46; 27:32-28:20; Mark 15:21-16:20; Luke 1:26-35; 2:25-32; 15:1-32; 23:26-24:53; John 19:16-20:29; Acts 2:22-36; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Peter 2:22-24

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, a Person of the Divine Trinity, serves as the mysterious Agent of God’s presence and power. The Bible records a number of His activities, including His role in creation and giving life, supernatural demonstrations of God’s power through miracles and healings, enabling and empowering God’s people to fulfill His purposes, speaking truth through prophets and biblical authors, providing special gifts and abilities to followers of Jesus for the edification of His Church, giving special messages and visions, and intimately dwelling within those who have been baptized into the Kingdom of God. The Spirit is still alive and active to this day, testifying to the truth of Jesus Christ in word and deed, dwelling in and among God’s people, interceding in their prayers, and sanctifying and equipping them to serve God.

Genesis 1:1-2; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:12; John 14:15-31; Acts 1:8; 2:38; 21:11; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:1-31; 2 Peter 1:19-21

Humanity & Sin

Human beings were created in the image of God in order to reign over the earth as its stewards, dwelling in harmony and communion with God, creation, and one another. Because of humanity’s disobedience and rebellion, they have been perverted and corrupted, thereby becoming trapped in a state of rampant sin, mortality, darkened understanding, selfishness, and alienation from God. There is nothing that a human being can do to remove or make up for the stain of sin, or to avoid God’s just retribution against those who ultimately choose to rebel against Him.

Genesis 1-3; Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:5; Psalm 139:13-16; Matthew 13:47-50; 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-28; 18:9-14; Romans 5:12-21; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:1-10; 4:17-24; Titus 3:3-7

Salvation

Through His death and resurrection, Jesus took our place in receiving God’s wrath against our sin, paid the ransom to redeem us, reconciled us to God, justified us and made us righteous, graciously forgave us for our sins, relieved us from the burden of perfectly living up to God’s laws, conquered sin and death to set us free from them, became the first of many to experience the resurrection, and saved us from the eternal consequences of our sin. If anyone desires to receive this salvation that only God can provide and cannot be earned by human effort, they should confess faith in Jesus Christ, repent of their sins, and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They will then receive the Holy Spirit, be adopted into God’s family, become a part of Christ’s Church, begin the lifelong process of sanctification, join in the ministry of reconciliation, and eagerly anticipate the future resurrection and eternal rest in God’s presence.

Acts 2:38-39; 19:1-6; Romans 5:1-11; 8; 10:9-13; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Galatians 2:19-21; 3:23-29; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 John 4:9-11

Last Things

One day Jesus Christ will return to earth in power and glory to judge the living and the dead. Those who are in Christ, whether alive or deceased at that time, will be raised up and given more glorious bodies and will dwell peacefully and joyously in God’s presence for all eternity on the new earth. Those who have chosen to become God’s enemies will receive their just punishment, cut off from God’s presence for eternity, and God will reign sovereignly forever, His Kingdom fully realized.

Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 17:20-37; 21:5-37; Romans 8:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-58; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-2:12; 2 Peter 3:1-13; Revelation 7:9; 21

The Church

The Church is the collective body of followers of Jesus Christ, a people in covenant with God who have been saved and reconciled through Christ, and who carry out the mission of leading people all over the world into that same salvation and reconciliation. The Church consists mystically of all Christians who have ever lived, universally of all Christians presently on earth at any given time, and locally in congregations of people in specific locations. Although its members are many and diverse, they are One in Christ, brought together as God’s adopted children, and they use their unique gifts to serve Jesus and edify His Bride, the Church.

Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42; Romans 8:14-17; 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 6:16; Galatians 3:23-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; 4:1-6; 5:22-33; 1 Peter 2:4-10

Baptism

We practice baptism for repentance from sin, death of the old self and rebirth into new life, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. We baptize by immersion because the examples of baptism in the New Testament and the language used describe an immersion in water.

Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-39; 8:35-39; 16:31-34; Romans 6:1-14; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Galatians 3:26-27; 1 Peter 3:18-22

The Lord’s Supper

We practice the Lord’s Supper (also known as Communion or Eucharist) every week during our worship services. By gathering together to share in the bread—Christ’s body, broken for us—and the fruit of the vine—Christ’s blood, poured out for us—we remember Him and the salvation He brought to His people, and we celebrate the new covenant through which we are reconciled to God.

Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23; John 6:25-59; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 10:1-22; 11:17-34