God

We believe that there is only one true Creator God and that He will exist throughout eternity in the three persons of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1; 14; 18; Matthew 28:19; Colossians 2:2, 9;  1 Timothy 3:16)

 

God The Father

He is the source of all things and all things are for His glory and enjoyment.   He is the Authority over all things and the Great “I Am” that is spoken of throughout the Old Testament.  He is spirit and love and is therefore actively involved in our lives and eternally sovereign in His creation.  The Bible pictures Him as a Loving Father desiring relationship with His creation and implementing a gracious eternal plan to reconcile all of that creation to Himself.  (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14, John 4:24, Galatians 4:6, 1 Corinthians 15:27-28, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, 1 John 4:8)

Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God the Father.  He was born of a virgin and both fully God and fully man. He is our King, Lord, Savior, Friend, and ultimate Disciple Maker.  (Colossians 2:9,  1 Peter 5:11, Matthew 28:18, Hebrews 1:3, Philippians 2:5-8, Matthew 1:18-25, John 1:1, 14)

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the triune God.  The work of the Holy Spirit is to unite God’s children with Him and one another in love, convict us of sin and righteousness,  continue the process of growth into the image of Jesus, and comfort us in Christ.  (John 15:26-27, 16:13-15, John 20:22, Luke 11:13, Titus 3:5, Romans 5:5)


The Bible

We believe that the Bible is true, inspired, inerrant, authoritative, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. It is the story of God’s loving pursuit of mankind in spite of our faithlessness, a description of His character, and a discipleship manual for how to respond to His love. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 17:17, Psalm 40:7-8, Psalm 119, 2 Peter 1:20-21, James 1:25)

The Plan Of God

All of creation, including humanity, was created to bring God glory through worship and relationship.  Our distrust of God led to division with God and one another.  God’s gracious pursuit throughout history will eventually end in full reconciliation with His creation.  We believe that Jesus will usher in the fullness of this reconciliation with His imminent return.  Those who desire relationship with Jesus will enter into eternal life with Him and those that do not will enter into eternal separation away from Him.  (Genesis 1:26-28, 3:1-13, Romans 1:1-2:11, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Ephesians 1:1-10,  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 3:2-3, Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 20:1-7, 11-15, 21:1-8)

Sin

We believe that sin is anything that causes division between God and man.  It is the faithlessness of man in response to God’s faithful love.  All humanity, Jesus excluded, was born and lives in sin and separation from God and one another. As the perfect God-man without sin, Jesus is the only one who could redeem all of mankind from the punishment of sin through His voluntary sacrifice. (Genesis 3:1-7, Romans 1:18-32, 3:23, 5:12-14, 19, 6:23, Ephesians 2:1-4, Acts 4:12,  1 Corinthians 15:3-8,  1 Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 12:2)

Salvation

Because Jesus was victorious over sin and death, it is only by entrusting our lives to His gracious gift of salvation that we can be assured the hope of eternal life. Salvation cannot be attained through any effort of our own.  This does not remove our responsibility, however to respond to His love and grace.  The marks, therefore, of transformation in the Christian are a heart that actively seeks to love and accomplish justice, growth in discipleship, and zealousness for advancing the kingdom of God among men. (Romans 3:21-26, 5:6-11, Ephesians 2:4-10, James 2:22, Titus 2:11-14, 1 John 5:1-5)

The Church

We believe that the church is God’s growing family by which He speaks to the world of His love and pursuit.  It is made up of imperfect people  increasing in deep relationship with God, and with one another.   As we mature in Christ, we believe that love, hope, and faith will become more apparent in our fellowship with one another.  By pursuing, following, and imitating Jesus Christ in growing fashion, we evangelize to the world around us by our covenantal love, one for another.  The love and activity of the church within the world is God’s stated method of spreading the good news that He is real and is capable of justice, restoration, and reconciliation.  (Matthew 28:18-20, John 15:12-17, Romans 5:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:4-6, Philippians 1:27, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 John 4:7-12)