Statement of Faith

The core of our life and faith is relationship. To be a Christian is first and foremost not a list of rules and regulations but instead an invitation to encounter God. 

Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. - John 17:3

The following is what we believe as a church. Questions are welcome either by phone or email.

We believe that God loves us very much, and created us to have a relationship with Him. We learn some things about God by looking at and studying His creation. We learn more about God by reading the Bible. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, uniquely inspired by Him, so that we can know Him more. We believe the Bible is our authority for truth about God and faith.

We believe that God has revealed Himself as the one and only true God. The Bible teaches that God is a Trinity, which means that the one God exists as three personal beings, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and that each of them is fully and completely God.

We believe that Jesus is the second person of the Trinity. He has existed eternally, and came to earth as both fully God and fully man. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life and died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. We believe that on the third day Jesus bodily rose from the dead and later ascended into Heaven, where now He sits at the right hand of the Father. We believe that Jesus will visibly and bodily come again to earth to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He dwells inside everyone who has trusted in Jesus for forgiveness and begun a relationship with God. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, guides us in our faith, develops the character of Jesus in us, and gives us spiritual gifts to be used in the community of believers. His presence in our lives seals us for the final day of redemption.

We believe that as people, we were created in the image of God, and when we were created God declared us "very good." Instead of responding to this creation with gratitude, we chose to go against our Creator. Now all people, whether through active rebellion or passive indifference, have sinned against God and are eternally separated from Him as a result. On our own, this crisis could never have been solved, but God solved it by taking the initiative with us. Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Now, when we acknowledge that we cannot save ourselves and instead put our trust in the work of Jesus, all our sins are forgiven and the righteousness of Jesus is credited to us. The result is that we are spiritually reborn, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the penalty of sin is removed, we begin a relationship with God, and we can know that when we die, we will be with God in heaven eternally.

We believe that the true Church is made up of all believers everywhere who are united through trusting in Jesus and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The true Church finds its visible, imperfect expression in local congregations. The local church is a community where God is glorified and worshipped, where believers are built up in their faith, and where the message of God's great commission for the world is to go forth. This finds its expression in prayer and worship, in celebrating the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, in reading, hearing and studying God's Word, in evangelism through words and deeds, and in community and relational fellowship.