Beliefs

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the revelation of God: the personal words of God given to us in and through human writers and brought together in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament by the guidance of the Spirit. The purpose of the Bible is for training us in the way life was always meant to be and for giving us the tools we need to do the good works He has called us to carry out (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Throughout the Old and New Testament the story of the gospel is revealed. As we come to the Bible we again find Jesus in every story (John 5:39; Luke 24:27) and as we find Him anew we learn both whom we should be and who He has made us to be in and by His grace alone. The Bible is the authority we live by and the story we are called to live into.

God

We believe the one true God eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Father: God the Father almighty (2 Cor. 6:18) guides all things (Psalm 135:6), creating everything that exists from nothing (Gen. 1) and setting in place the plan of redemption (Gen. 3:15) to heal the world He so dearly loves (John 3:16).

Son: The Son is the one and only Son of God (John 3:16) who was born among us by the Spirit (Matt. 1:18). Through His perfect life and good teachings God’s Son Jesus revealed to us what a full and abundant life looks like (John 10:10) but He didn’t stop there. Abandoning all for the love of the Father Jesus gave up His very life to save us from all that separated us from God (Eph. 1:7). Rising from the dead on the third day Jesus defeated death (1 Cor. 5:4;1 Cor. 15:55-57) and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He advocates on behalf of His children (Acts 1:9;Rom. 8:34). One day Jesus will return to receive His own and set all things right (2 Pet. 3:13).

Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the source of all life, present at the beginning of all creation (Gen. 1:2), and the One who prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. The Spirit now reminds us of the beauty of the story of Jesus (John 14:26) and empowers us to tell His story and perform the good works God has prepared for us (Acts 1:8;Eph. 2:10).
 

The Fall

We believe that out of the abundance of His love God created all things, the most special part of His creation being humanity. Each person is wonderfully created in God’s image (Psalm 139:14; Gen. 1:27), made to enjoy relationship with Him and one another. Sadly, humanity chose to turn away from their good Creator so that they might live by their own means. From this rebellion came a broken relationship between God and humanity that brought with it all the suffering and death that we experience today. Humans chose to be their own "gods" and from this trajectory the whole fabric of creation begin to unravel (Gen. 3). However, God did not leave us in this state of isolation. God made us for relationship with Him and one another and has pursued us from the beginning to draw us back into His love.

Salvation

We believe that through the lineage of the people of Israel God sent His only Son Jesus. Through Jesus God walked among us again (Gen. 3:8; John 1:14). Yet, Jesus came not only to be with us, but also to die for us (Matt. 20:28). At the climax of God's plan of redemption Jesus died for our sins and took upon Himself the isolation and death that we deserved (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus then rose from the dead and defeated sin and death, bringing all those who place their faith in Him by the power of the Spirit back into right relationship with God (1 Pet. 3:18). Ascending to the Father Jesus forever stands as the emblem of all who have been made new by placing their faith in His saving work through the transforming power of the Spirit (Rom. 8:34; John 1:12-13).

The Church

We believe that we is better than me. The Church is the community Jesus has chosen to further His reign in the world and bring more and more people into the divine relationship of the Trinity. We need each other in this good work and, imperfect as we may be, each of us is a special puzzle piece that helps to complete a beautiful mosaic that testifies to the glory of God’s grace (1 Cor. 12:12-17). Yet, we do not do this work alone. The Spirit has been sent to unify and empower us to live like Jesus lived and do what He did (John14:12). Through our seemingly ordinary relationships God uses us to share His grace to a world in need. By the power of the Spirit the local communities of the church get to be avenues of grace as we share the good news of Jesus and reveal in our common life together what it looks like to live the abundant life God has prepared for us (2 Cor. 5:18-20).

The Future

We believe that God is guiding all human history to its final end when Jesus will return and God will bring all under judgment (Rom. 14:10-11). God will make all things new, (Rev. 21:5) replacing this old tired world with “a new heaven and earth” (Rev. 21:1) where God will dwell with His people in perfect peace and joy (Rev. 21:1-4).