what we believe

1. There is only one true and eternal God consisting of three co-equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Jn. 4:24; Jn. 14:6-13; Gal. 4:6; 2 Pet. 1:17; Ps. 2:7ff.; Isa. 7:14; Jn. 1:1-18; Heb. 1:8; Ps. 51:11; 1 Jn. 4:13; Acts 5:3,4)

2. The Bible, the Word of God, is inerrant, and our final authority and is trustworthy for faith and practice when interpreted responsibly under the guidance of God's Holy Spirit within the community of faith. (Deut. 4:1-2; 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17)

3. God created humankind in His divine image. Through Adam's fall all became sinful, lost and condemned. Each human being by deliberate choice participates in sin and is in need of redemption through Christ's death and resurrection. (Gen. 1:26-30; Eph. 2:1-22; Rom. 1:19-32, 5:12-21)

4. Jesus Christ is God's Son, fully divine and fully human, the eternal and pre-existent Word. (Heb. 1:1-3, 4:14-15; Jn. 1:1-3, 14)

5. God offers forgiveness of sin and justification through faith in Christ Jesus apart from works. Such redemption is received by human individuals as God's gift upon repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ, enabling us to participate in Christ's reign as a present reality and a future hope (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Eph. 2:8-22; 1 Jn. 1:6-2:11)

6. The Church is a community of faith consisting of regenerated* believers with Christ as Lord. Such believers claim a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ, follow the Lord in believer's baptism, share in the Lord's Supper, gather regularly for worship and covenant for mutual edification and care giving. (Matt. 16:15-19; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 16:30-33; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Eph. 1:22-23; Heb. 10:23-25)

(*Means: “born again” or “born from above by Holy Spirit.”)

7. The Church is called in loyalty to Jesus Christ to proclaim in the power of the Holy Spirit the Good News of God's reconciling grace, inviting persons to receive salvation and follow Christ as His disciples. As disciples, we seek justice for all persons and the reform of society. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Gal. 3:26-28; James 1:27, 2:8)

8. Jesus Christ will return visibly, at which time He will raise the dead and judge all people. Believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God as they participate in the fullness of His eternal reign, while unbelievers will suffer eternal separation from God. (Matt. 24:29-31, 25:31-46; 1 Thess. 4:14-18; Rev. 20:4-6, 11-15)