We believe that God has eternally existed. God is the Author, Creator, and Sustainer of the universe. God shows us his desire for relationship by being relational himself. He has continually revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each part of what we know as the Trinity has distinct, personal attributes. These three are coequal, deity, and one God. Being created in God's image means that God is in himself relational and that He created man to be in relationship with Himself.
(Genesis 1:26-27; 3:22; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)
We believe that Jesus has eternally existed as the Son of God. As a part of the narrative story of God's redemption, Jesus became human. In other words, God became one of us. The church describes this as the Incarnation. The redemption narrative, which we call the Bible, continues as Jesus not only becomes human, but is born to a virgin and lives a sinless, perfect life on earth, allowing him to make right everything that had been done wrong in Adam. Jesus chose to die on a cross as a sacrifice for the penalty that should have been ours and his resurrection three days later made new life possible for us in this life and the next. What Jesus did during his time on earth and the character of his being provide a consistent reminder of what we should be about with our lives.
(Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15)
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is the sole basis for our faith. It is the authoritative word of God to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian living. We hold that the Bible is inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
(Psalm 119:105; 119:160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12)
We believe that God created man in the image of God. Because of this, each and every human being possesses great dignity and is worthy of our respect and love. God confirms his love for each and every person when He sent His own son to die on the cross so that we might be able to be in relationship with Him through salvation in Jesus. In Genesis, God created man to rule over the earth; therefore we are stewards of the earth and the resources it contains. We believe that we will be held accountable for that stewardship, along with the stewardship of our gifts, talents, and the provision God makes in our lives on a regular basis.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2; Romans 3:2)
By confessing your sin to God, putting your trust in Jesus and what His death and resurrection made possible for you, and surrendering your life to God's purposes, you can begin a personal relationship with Jesus. The moment we begin that relationship, the Spirit of God enters our being - we call it the Holy Spirit - and that Spirit not only becomes our guide, but it continues the process that began at our point of surrender moving us from a life of sin to a life where we resemble the person of Jesus Christ.
(John 14:6; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
ABOUT THE CHURCH
The church has never been, nor will ever be perfect. However, its shortcomings cannot deter us from our purpose as God's primary instrument of change in the world. We know that we were designed for community with other people, and the place of greatest community in the world should be the church. The church is not a corporation or a massive company. It is a new humanity created by the resurrection of Jesus Christ that expresses itself as a community of faith in Christ. The Scripture describes it as a body or a family. Our church takes seriously our role to serve our community and exist as a place that offers people hope and purpose, even as we challenge people to discover and live a Christ-centered life.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38-47; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 12:12-13; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24-25)