Statement of Faith
We take seriously Jesus’ commission to make disciples. We believe in Biblically grounded, Christian community which encourages and challenges. We worship together.
In his book, The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes the Church as the “visible community.” With this phrase Bonhoeffer summarizes what Jesus said when he called His first followers to be the salt of the Earth and the light of the world — Jesus called them (and us) to be visible so that others will see the glory of God. Jesus said “let your light shine before men that when they see your good deeds they will praise your Father in heaven.
We believe that God has revealed Himself and His truth in the created order, in the Scriptures, and supremely in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are fully inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, so that they are fully trustworthy and of supreme and final authority in all they say.
We believe in one sovereign God, eternally existing in three persons: the everlasting Father, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and the Holy Spirit, the giver of life; and we believe that God created the Heavens and the earth out of nothing by His spoken word, and for His own glory.
We believe that Jesus is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins, according to the Scriptures. Further, he arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that the ministry of God the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict persons of sin, and to regenerate the believer by indwelling, guiding, instructing, and empowering him/her for godly living and service. The Holy Spirit gifts persons for the edification of the Church and for testimony to the reality of Jesus Christ to the unbelieving world.
We believe God created Heaven, the cosmos, and earth. We believe that God created all things and that life originates in God. We believe that mankind was created in God’s own image, distinct from all other living creatures, and in a state of original righteousness.
We believe that Adam and Eve, our first parents, sinned by rebelling against God’s revealed will and thereby all creation incurred both physical and spiritual death, and that as a result all human beings are born with a sinful nature.
We believe in the existence of Satan, sin, and evil powers, and that all these have been defeated by God in the cross of Christ.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, triumphing over all evil; and that all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood and forgiven of all their sins.
We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit with a righteous nature and thereby become children of God enabled to offer spiritual worship pleasing to God.
We believe the very nature and purpose of God is revealed in His Church. Jesus came and established it as His Body. We believe the universal Church consists of all who live under Jesus’ lordship, while the local Church is a body of believing people, baptized and joined together, practicing the new covenant.
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will personally, visibly, and unexpectedly return to this earth, in power and great glory, for his Bride, the Church, and to bring his kingdom to fulfillment.
We believe in a final judgment of the righteous and the wicked. Those who have righteousness produced by faith in Christ will be rewarded with the privilege of ruling and enjoying God’s eternal blessings. Those who are wicked will be eternally separated from God.