Basic Beliefs

Here is a very brief summary of our basic beliefs about the following:

GOD — We believe that there is one true, living, eternal God.  We believe that He has revealed Himself to be a perfect unity of three persons – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We believe that He is the infinitely-powerful Creator, supremely-loving Sustainer, and perfectly-righteous Ruler of all creation. We believe He is worthy of everyone’s deepest love and highest honor.

HUMANITY — We believe God created humanity in His image to enjoy faithful loving relationships with Himself, each other and the rest of creation. Through the temptation of Satan, our original ancestors chose to disobey God. This fall from innocence corrupted humanity’s nature and environment, so that all people now sin by nature and suffer alienation from God, bringing destruction to themselves, each other and the rest of creation.

THE BIBLE — We believe God inspired human authors to write the sixty-six books of the Bible in such a way that the entire unified work is God’s absolutely true and trustworthy revelation, as well as, His authoritative guide and standard for living.

JESUS — We believe all that the Bible reveals about Jesus, including His identity as the eternal Son of God, His virgin birth, His morally perfect life, His miracles, His death on the cross to pay for our sin, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His return to earth to finish His saving mission and judge humanity.

SALVATION — We believe that only God can save people from their sin and the death that results from it. God demonstrates His love and mercy by choosing to restore His broken relationship with sinful people through faith in Jesus Christ. When receiving God’s gift of salvation, a person turns from their sin and misplaced trust in their own goodness (as grounds for a right standing with God) to instead depend solely on Christ, who alone meets God’s perfect standard of goodness. Once a person sincerely commits to Jesus, embracing Him as their Savior and Lord, the person is spiritually united with Christ. Upon the forging of this permanent union, God forgives all of the person’s sins, guarantees their place in heaven, and indwells them with His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit progressively transforms the forgiven person, leading and enabling them to become more like Christ throughout the rest of his or her life.

THE CHURCH — We believe in reality there is but ONE church, which consists of everyone whom God saves through Christ. We believe local churches should reflect this reality as congregations of baptized believers, who seek to live as Christ commands, observe His ordinances of believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and strive to carry His message of hope to humanity. We welcome people from all faith backgrounds to explore at their own pace what it means to know God and live for Him in community with others.

LAST THINGS — We believe that in God’s perfect time, He will bring the present age to its appropriate end. At that time, Jesus Christ will return to earth from heaven to finish His saving mission and judge all people fairly. Those who reject Christ, and thus God, face eternal punishment apart from Him. Those who know Him as their Savior and Lord will spend eternity in heaven with Him.