I. God. We believe in and worship the triune God of the Bible, who is eternally one God, yet mysteriously exists in community as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of all, and alone deserves our love and worship.
(2 Cor. 13:14, Matt. 28:19, Matt. 3:16-17, Matt. 22:37-38, Genesis 1)
II. Jesus. We believe Jesus is the Son of the living God, and our Lord and Savior. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His death on the cross to atone for sin, His burial and bodily resurrection providing victory over sin and death, His ascension into heaven to rule over all, and His future return in power and glory to finalize his victory over Satan, and to establish His rule over the new heaven and the new earth that God will bring about.
(John 1:1-14, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:1-4, Luke 1:34-35, Hebrews 4:15, Romans 5:8-9)
III. Holy Spirit. We believe that those who become Jesus’ followers receive God’s personal, empowering presence – the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives within the believer to guide them, to transform them into Christlikeness, and to empower and gift them for effective service.
(Romans 8:9-11, John 16:7-15, Galatians 5:16-26, 1 Cor. 12:1-11)
IV. Fall. We believe all people are created in God’s image to be in a faithful relationship with God, but that all people are sinful and in need of a Savior. As a result, our rebellion has separated us from God and has affected our relationship with God, with one another, and with all of creation. We believe that the loving, all-powerful, one true God is on a mission to redeem, heal and make right our lives and this world.
(Genesis 3, Romans 3:9-20, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3, Isaiah 59:2)
V. Work of Jesus Christ. We believe God brought the gift of salvation to redeem the world through the person of Jesus in His life, death, and resurrection. Jesus has paid the penalty for the sin of humanity, He has defeated the powers of sin and death, and He has set into motion the establishment of God’s loving and transforming reign.
(John 3:16-18, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 10:9-10)
VI. Salvation. We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and reconciliation with God, and thus become a child of God in God’s family, a person must surrender his/her life to Jesus, trust in Him as their Savior, and commit themselves to Him as their Authority or Lord. Salvation is by grace – it is a free gift given by God that we cannot earn, but we receive it through our surrender and faithful commitment to Him.
(Romans 10:9-10, Acts 16:30-31, Ephesians 2:8-9)
VII. Last Things. We believe that Jesus will return one day to finalize His victory over Satan and all evil, to transform the old heaven and earth into the new, and to raise His children from the dead to populate and rule over the redeemed world He has made. We believe when Jesus returns He will bring about a bodily resurrection of His faithful to life in the new heaven/new earth, and the resurrection of the unfaithful to eternal separation from God in Hell.
(Matthew 16:27, 24:27, 25: 31-46, 1 John 3:2, Revelation 20-21)
VIII. Baptism. We believe that those who place their faith in Jesus and commit their life to Him should undergo “believer’s baptism.” This is a public ceremony where believers in Jesus profess their faith in Him by being immersed under water to symbolize the forgiveness of their sins, the new life they have in Him, and the new community to which they belong.
(Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19-20, Romans 6:3-4)
IX. Communion. We believe in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper (also called Communion, Holy Communion, and the Eucharist) by members of God’s family. Through eating the bread and drinking from the cup, we remember and celebrate Jesus’ death, sacrifice, and gift of salvation for the world. In our church, all folllowers of Jesus are invited to share in the Lord’s Supper.
(Matthew 26:26-29, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34)
X. Scripture. We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, authoritative and completely reliable for faith and life.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12)
XI. Mission. We believe that as God’s people, and out of loving gratitude for what He has done for us, we are called to demonstrate God’s Kingdom, and point people toward God’s future transformation of creation by bringing the Good News of Jesus to others through our loving deeds and our words. God desires all people to know Him and to be in His family, and we are called to model in our lives and proclaim with our mouths that truth. We are called to witness at home, in our neighborhoods, and around the world to the saving grace and transforming power of Jesus Christ, calling on all people and institutions to act justly, to love with mercy, and to walk humbly with God.
(Matthew 28:18-20, 22:37-38, 1 Corinthians 10:31-33, 9:19-23)