What We Believe

The Bible

The Bible is God’s completely true Story about who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. The Bible is the final and complete authority in our lives.
 

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He lived a perfect life in place of our imperfect lives; died, as our substitute, the death we deserved because of the wrongs we have done (sin); and physically rose from the dead. He offers us full and eternal life through His own resurrection.
 

Salvation

We are connected to God in only one way – by choosing to turn from our sin to follow Jesus and by accepting through faith, the forgiveness and salvation God offers to us by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. There is nothing we can do to earn or deserve this new and full life – it is all a gift of God, and our responsibility is simply to receive it through faith alone in Jesus Christ.  All true followers of Jesus are eternally secure in God’s salvation.
 

Baptism

Baptism is an outward sign of a person’s internal faith in Jesus Christ. All followers of Jesus are commanded by Scripture to be baptized as an initial act of obedience and as a public declaration of allegiance to Jesus. We believe in baptism by immersion in water.
 

The Future

In His own time and in His own way, God will bring the world as we know it to an end. We believe the following events will occur: Jesus is coming back at any moment for His followers (the rapture). The world will experience a seven-year period of misleading peace and unprecedented distress (the tribulation). Satan will be defeated in a great battle and will be imprisoned for 1,000 years as Christ reigns physically on the earth (the millennium).  God will make all things new – heaven and earth – where His followers will live with Him forever.  All who reject Jesus will be raised to face eternal judgment according to their deeds.

God

There is one God, who exists as three persons living in perfect community – Father, Son and Spirit. God created everything and sustains everything by His life.
 

The Holy Spirit

We experience the presence of God and the fullness of life through our relationship with God the Spirit, who convicts us of sin, points us to Christ, and applies Christ’s work to our lives.
 

Humanity

We are created by God and in the image of God.  The first humans chose willingly to betray their relationship with God through direct disobedience which caused this perfect and intimate relationship to become imperfect and distant. Their disobedience has affected every human being since that time.  But God wanted us back, so He has pursued the human race at all cost with the intent of restoring this relationship.
 

The Church

Believers everywhere compose the church in the universal sense, but the church is always expressed locally.  The church is a community of followers of Jesus who have publicly declared their allegiance to Jesus through baptism and who have covenanted together to please God by carrying out Jesus’ mission to make more and become better followers of Jesus.  The church is comprised of imperfect people who are responding day by day in all their relationships to God’s amazing grace.
 

Communion

Communion is a time of worship when believers commune with God together by remembering the death of Jesus, using the physical elements of bread and the fruit of the vine.