beliefs

God

There is one God who exists as three persons living in perfect community - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created everything and sustains everything by his life. God is holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, full of mercy and grace.


Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Child, became fully human when he was born to the virgin Mary. Jesus was fully human and fully God. He lived a perfect life; died the death we deserve to die because of our selfishness; and physically rose from the dead. He offers us full life by the promise of his resurrection. He ascended into heaven and today is our representative and advocate with God the Father.


Holy Spirit

We experience the full life and presence of God in our relationship with God the Spirit who convicts us of sin, points us to Christ, and applies Christ’s work to our lives. The Spirit gives gifts and power to the church. The Spirit is the one who creates biblical community in the church. The Spirit reveals truth and guides our lives, individually and together.


The Bible

The Bible is God’s completely true story about who God is, what God has done, what God is doing, and what God will do. It was given by God to human writers and reflects their backgrounds, styles, and use of language. The Bible is the final authority on all matters to which it speaks.


Grace

We are connected to God in only one way - by choosing to accept the forgiveness and reconciliation God offers to us through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. God’s gift of grace makes us his adopted daughters and sons. There is nothing we can do to deserve this life - it is all a gift of God, and our job is simply to receive it. When we do, God begins the process of changing our hearts and minds from the inside out and making our characters more and more like Jesus’. And as we have been reconciled to God, we also have hope for being more fully reconciled to other people.


The Church

If we are in a faith relationship with Christ, we are part of the church. The church is universal, but is always expressed locally. The church is the visible and local demonstration of the new community Christ came to create. The Spirit leads our community life as we are devoted to worshiping God, understanding and applying the Bible's teachings to our lives, offering connection to others, living life together, serving our community, and using our Spirit-given gifts to serve Christ and others. The church celebrates the symbolic ordinances of baptism and communion which are gifts given by Christ and through which we experience his presence with us. The church is made up of imperfect people who daily seek to respond in all their relationships to God’s stunning grace. The church is to offer a connection with God to people outside a relationship with Jesus by living fully for Christ and helping those who respond in faith to become people who follow Christ with their whole hearts.


Christ’s Return

In God's own time and in God's own way, God will bring the world as we know it to an end. According to his promise, 

Christ will return personally and visibly to judge the living and the dead and to begin the new era of God’s universal reign which will last forever.