Statement of Faith

God: God is love. He is perfect in His mercy, grace, justice, and holiness. He is the source of Truth. He is the creator of heaven and earth, and the redeemer of mankind. We believe that He has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same in essence, though distinct in personality. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection and are worthy of the same devotion and honor. He is glorified by the whole of creation and is worthy to be loved and served by all. He, therefore, is the only proper object of worship (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 3:22; Jeremiah 10:10; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3, 4; II Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-6; Exodus 3:14; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19, 20; Job 11:7; Psalms 19:1, 2; 145:10; 150:6; Exodus 34:14).

Jesus: He is the one and only son of God. He is the way the truth and the life. He is both man and God; the only sinless human. He was born of a virgin, He died on a cross for the payment of our sins, and he rose to life after three days of death. He now sits at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. He is the lens through which we understand God and His kingdom as it exists in our world. (John 3:16 Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; John 15:13; Romans 8:34)

The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son as God. He was God’s gift to the world, so that we might know that He is with us. The Holy Spirit, guides, directs, corrects, and confirms us. The Holy Spirit dwells in man at the point of salvation, sealing him unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)

The Nature of Man: Man is made in the image of God, and we are the object of his affection. Though we have been fearfully and wonderfully made, we have chosen to disobey God, and because of this sin we are in need of a savior. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:306; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2.)

Sin: A sin is any thought or action that falls short of God’s will. This sin destroys relationships, both with God and with each other. All humans are sinful, for we are not—nor will we ever be—capable of perfection. This is why we need Jesus, to forgive our sins, and to pay the price for them. The wages of sin is death, but the beautiful truth is that Jesus redeems us from our sin. As a church community, our job is to demonstrate the kindness, compassion, and grace of God that leads us to repentance. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 2:1-4)

Salvation: Salvation is found only through Jesus Christ. It is not something we work for, or something we can achieve; it is the gift of God for all who believe in Him. God forgives our sins, wipes us clean of our transgressions, and gives us the promise of eternal life. Salvation is an inclusive word, which gathers into itself all the redemptive acts and processes, i.e., justification, redemption, deliverance, imputation, sanctification, glorification, etc. The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness. Salvation is by grace through faith, is a free gift, and wholly without human works. (Romans 5:1; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26. Romans 3:27-28, 4:1-8)

Sanctification: Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we become partakers of His holiness; it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. As a church community, we have a role to correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction—helping each other to continue on a path of sanctification. (I Thessalonians 4:3; I John 2:29; Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12-13. Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12, I Peter 1:15, 16, Romans 6: 1-11, 13; 8: 1-2, 13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 12:12-13; I Peter 15, Timothy 4:1-5).

The Bible: The Bible is the inherent, infallible word of God, His love letter to his people. It is both instructional and mysterious; it answers and creates questions that draw us closer to him. It is God’s truth and final authority for our faith and lives. The words, letters, stories, allegories, songs, prophecies, laments, and truths of the Bible all point our hearts in the pursuit of Jesus Christ. Our interpretation and application of the truths of scripture should come from our reading, study, and conversations with each other; but most importantly, it should come from intimacy and communion with the Spirit of God that dwells within us. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peters 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:10-160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5 Matthew 5:18; 1 Corinthians 3:16, John 16:4-16)

The Church: The church is not a building, a service, a logo or a name. The church is the people of God, the Body of Christ, both as a local community and as part of the global Church. The church vows to do life together, to both worship and serve God, by loving and serving each other. The church exists to be the light, the hope, and the heartbeat of God to the world. The local church has a special and unique identity as a community of faith, called to flesh out the life of the gospel in community. (1 John 4:20-21; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 4:10-11.)

Christ’s Return: He will come to gather the redeemed, and with that usher in the next chapter of God’s plan. No man will know the hour, but we are called to live like it could be today. (Matthew 24:44; Luke 12:40; Revelation 19:11)