Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible
We believe the Bible is God’s unique revelation 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.

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

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. Someday, He will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.

The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He empowers them 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.

We believe that all people matter
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.

Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, separated from the life of God. But God has moved through Christ to reconcile everyone to Himself. He gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humbly turning to God and putting one’s faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, those who chose to reject God’s gift of salvation and reconciliation will be separated from God for eternity. Those who accepted His free gift of forgiveness and received Christ into their lives will be welcomed into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.

We believe the church should be tight, focused, and out there
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.

The local church is not something you attend, it is a group of people who gather corporately to encounter Jesus Christ through worship, instruction of God’s Word and by encouraging one another. The church is also a group of people who love each other the way Jesus loved them. They are committed to one another all week long, caring for each other’s needs and building up each other’s faith. The church also exists as God’s plan to bring the way of Christ to all the earth and to proclaim His message of great love and salvation for all people.