What We Believe

Statement of Faith

 

The following seven-point statement of faith serves as the basis for membership in this church. This statement reflects a contemporary summary of the central doctrines in the Bible, which are also presented in the historic creeds of the Christian church—the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed—which we also acknowledge as expressions of our faith. The pastoral staff welcomes questions on these or other doctrinal issues.

 

1.  There is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons, the Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each fully God, yet each personally distinct from the other. 

 

2.  Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Some day, He will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God. 

 

3.  The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts all humanity of sin and draws us all to Christ. The Holy Spirit also indwells all believers and is available to empower them with all necessary strength and wisdom to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world. 

 

4.  The Bible is God's unique revelation of God's truth to people. It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.

 

5.  All people are created in God's image and matter deeply to Him. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people, and invites them to live in communion with Himself and in community with each other. As image-bearers of God, each person is created to be a unique reflection of God’s glory here on earth. 

 

6.  All of us suffer from the consequences of sin and fall short of the glory of God. Except for Jesus Christ, all people are separated from God and are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. All of creation suffers from sin and groans for restoration/salvation. Thankfully, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Christ's offer of eternal life—the "Kingdom of God"—is both a present and future reality: "This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom [God has] sent." (John 17:3). Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross. 

 

7.  All believers are members of the body of Christ—the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.