We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing and expressing Himself in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and characteristics of personality. In the beginning God created the world and everything in it out of nothing and from that beginning He has been relentlessly desiring and pursuing a personal, intimate and eternal relationship with us, His children.
(Genesis 1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16,17)
We believe that, even though God created humans to live in relationship with Him, sin entered the world through the first man
and woman, and our relationship with God was broken and distorted. Our continuing rebellion results in a severing of our relationship with God. There was, and is, nothing we can do on our own to reestablish that union with our Father. But we also believe that God did not abandon his creation to destruction and decay. Rather, He promised to restore this broken world and bring His family back together.
We believe that our longings to be reunited with our Father found their fulfillment in Jesus, born of a virgin, mysteriously God
in the flesh. Jesus came to preach good news to the poor, to bind up the broken-hearted and set captives free. He lived a perfect life, proclaiming the arrival of the Kingdom. He was rejected by many, crucified, buried, and rose again. His death and resurrection bring hope to all creation. Through Jesus we have been forgiven, and through Jesus, God reconciles us to Himself.
Through Jesus God puts His family back together. Jesus is the only way for this to happen, the only mediator between God and humans. To all who accept His sacrifice and follow His example by being immersed, He gives the Holy Spirit, who give us the ability to obey Christ’s commands and leads us into all truth through a communal life of worship and a missional expression of our faith. (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; Romans 5:1-11; Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:24-25
The third person of God (Father & Son being the two others) is the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit lives in every Christ follower. He lives and moves and is a source of assurance, strength and wisdom. He equips and empowers each with talents and abilities for the purpose of building up God’s kingdom.
(John 14 & 16; Acts 2; Romans 8)
We believe the Bible to be the voices of many who have come before us, inspired entirely by God to continue to speak to us today. We believe the Bible is entirely accurate, complete and reliable. God calls us to immerse ourselves in this authoritative narrative and to continue to faithfully live out that story today as we are led by the Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe there is one true church, universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe the church is called to engage the culture and to put the resurrected Christ, who lives in and through us, on display to a broken and hurting world. We believe that God works through the church to bring His family back together through Jesus Christ by making and teaching people to be disciples of Jesus. (Acts 1-12; Matthew 5:13-16)