What do you believe?
We believe that God calls us to community. Christ gave us two strong commands that wrap up all of the other commands we've ever been given: love the Lord your God with all we've got, and love each other as Christ has loved us. We believe in a relational church that is active within the needs of its community, within the church, and around the church. We believe God's Word is the truth that is held in balance with love. Sometimes this balance is forgotten, and many people have been hurt by church or Christians when that happens. We are aware of and challenged by this, but we know that Jesus set us free from bondage (Galatians 5:1) and within that balance comes freedom, challenge, and comfort.
Below are some of the beliefs we also hold from a theological standpoint...
- That the Holy Scriptures, as originally given by God, are divinely inspired, and are the final written authority in all matter of faith and conduct.
- That there is one God who is spoken of in the Bible as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, expressing His triune nature.
- That our Lord, Jesus Christ (who was God manifested in the flesh), had a virgin birth, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for our sins, was bodily resurrected, later ascended into heaven, and will personally return in power and glory.
- That our salvation from a lost and sinful condition is by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 10: 9-10), whose shed blood provides forgiveness for our sins.
- That the Holy Spirit, who draws us to Christ, imparts to us a new nature that desires godliness, empowers us to witness, and manifests numerous gifts for the edification of the church and the evangelization of the world.
- That because of the new life we have received in Christ, as an act of obedience to Him, each believer should be baptized.
- That the church is a community comprised of people who are committed to Christ, and it is God's intention for us to dwell in unity.
- That all people have eternal life and for those who accept the gift of forgiveness by accepted Jesus as Leader and Forgiver in their life will spend that eternity in His presence.
- That the work of the church is to extend the kingdom of God throughout the world by allowing God to use us to preach the gospel, heal the sick, deliver the spiritually oppressed, and establish the rule of God in every area of life.