what we believe
We believe that God exists and saves everyone who calls on Him in Faith. We worship the one holy, all-powerful and loving God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit eternally. God has created all things visible and invisible, has brought salvation and new life to humanity through Jesus Christ, and continues to sustain the church and all things until the end of the age.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Word of God become flesh. He is the Savior of the world, who has delivered us from the dominion of sin and reconciled us to God by his death on a cross. He was declared to be Son of God by his resurrection from the dead. He is the head of the church, the exalted Lord, the Lamb who was slain, coming again to reign with God in glory.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the eternal Spirit of God, who dwelled in Jesus Christ, who empowers the church, who endows each believer with spiritual gifts, who is the source of our life in Christ, and who is poured out on those who believe as the guarantee of redemption.
We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit for instruction in salvation and training in righteousness. We accept the Scriptures as the Word of God and as the infallible and trustworthy standard for Christian faith and life. Led by the Holy Spirit in the Church, we interpret Scripture in harmony with Jesus Christ.
We believe that God has created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, and that God preserves and renews what has been made. All creation has its source outside itself and belongs to the Creator. The world has been created good because God is good and provides all that is needed for life.
We believe that God has created human beings in His divine image. God formed them from the dust of the earth and gave them a special dignity above all earthly works of creation. All human beings have been made for relationship with God, to live in peace with each other, and to take care of the rest of creation.
We confess that, beginning with Adam and Eve, humanity has disobeyed God, given way to the tempter, and chosen to sin. All have fallen short of the Creator’s intent, and no longer reflect the image of God in which they were created. Mankind's sin has disrupted order in the world, and limited their love for others. Because of sin, humanity has been given over to the enslaving powers of evil and death.
We believe that, through Jesus Christ, God offers salvation from sin and a new beginning to everyone. We receive God’s salvation if we repent and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. In Christ, we are reconciled with God that, by the same power that raised Christ from the dead, we may be saved from sin to follow Christ and to know the fullness of salvation.
We believe that the church is the assembly of those who have accepted God’s offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. It is the new company of disciples sent into the world to proclaim the reign of God and to provide a foretaste of the church’s glorious hope. It is the new society established, sustained and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the mission of the church is to proclaim and to be a sign of the kingdom of God. Christ has commissioned the church to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to observe all things he has commanded.
We believe that the baptism of believers with water is a sign of their cleansing from sin. Baptism is also a pledge before the church of their covenant with God to walk in the way of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Believers are baptized into Christ and his body by the Spirit, water, and blood.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sign by which the church thankfully remembers the new covenant, which Jesus established by his death. In this communion meal, the church renews its covenant with God and with each other and participates in the life and death of Jesus Christ, until he comes.
We believe that Jesus calls every one of His children to serve one another in love as he did. Thus we commit ourselves to let go of pride and worldly position and offer our lives in humble service, sacrificial love within our church family, in our local community and around the world.
We practice discipline in the church as a sign of God’s offer of transforming grace. Discipline is intended to liberate erring brothers and sisters from sin, and to restore them to a right relationship with God and to fellowship in the church. The practice of discipline gives integrity to the church’s witness in the world.
We believe that ministry is a continuation of the work of Christ, who gives gifts through the Holy Spirit to all believers and empowers all believers for service in the church and in the world. We also believe that God calls particular persons in the church to specific leadership ministries and offices. All who minister are accountable to God and to the community of faith.
We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is one body with many members, ordered in such a way that, through the one Spirit, believers may be built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
We believe that Jesus Christ calls us to discipleship, to take up our cross and follow him. Through the gift of God’s saving grace, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be disciples of Jesus, filled with his Spirit, following his teachings and his path through suffering to new life. As we are faithful to his way, we grow in the likeness of Christ and in separation from the evil in the world.
We believe that to be a disciple of Jesus is to know life in the Spirit. As the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ takes shape in us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we grow in the image of Christ and in our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is active in individual and in communal worship, leading us deeper into the experience of God.
We believe that God intends human life to begin in families and to be blessed through families. Even more, God desires all people to become part of the church, God’s family. As single and married members of the church family give and receive nurture and healing, families can grow toward the wholeness that God intends. We are called to chastity and to loving faithfulness in marriage. We believe that marriage is a life long covenant between one man and one woman, that God created human beings as male and female and intended for the expression of sexual intimacies to be fully consummated only within the heterosexual marriage relationship.
We believe that healing is a benefit for the child of God. All healing is a gift from God. who has given mankind the wisdom and knowledge to assist in healing. As members of a spiritual family we should bear one another's burdens in times of illness or loss. We also recognize that Christians are instructed that, when anyone is sick, they should call for the elders of the church to pray for them and to anoint them with oil and that the Lord will raise them up.
We believe that everything belongs to God, who calls the church to live in faithful stewardship of all that He has entrusted to us, that the Biblical standard for the returning of financial resources to God is at least a tenth. We believe that as a response to the loving grace of our Lord we should, in addition to the tithe, give proportionately as God has prospered us of both our time and money.
We believe that peace is the will of God. God created the world in peace, and God’s peace is most fully revealed in Jesus Christ, who is our peace and the peace of the whole world. Led by the Holy Spirit, we seek to follow Christ in the way of peace, doing justice, and bringing reconciliation.
We believe that the church is God’s holy nation, called to give full allegiance to Christ its head and to witness to every nation, government and society about God’s saving love.
We place our hope in the reign of God and its fulfillment in the day when Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. He will gather his church, which is already living under the reign of God. We await God’s final victory, the end of this present age of struggle, the resurrection of the dead, and the new heaven and a new earth. There the people of God will reign with Christ in justice, righteousness, and peace forever and ever.