STATEMENT OF FAITH

While we hope to answer any questions you may have about our beliefs on this page, we understand you may want some additional information. If you have more questions, we encourage you to attend one of our Next Steps events held after service on the fourth Sunday of each month. Just click on the the “Connect” button at the top, and you can register on the “Next Steps” page.

 

THE ESSENTIALS:

Scripture

We believe Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error when they were initially penned by their authors. We believe the Bible to be the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people and the divine and final authority for the Christian life and faith.

 

Godhead

We believe in the Trinity, the Triune God, one God who has always and will always exist as three distinct persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They all share the same essence but have distinct personalities and roles.

 

God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible, who is all powerful, all knowing, and ever present. He is infinite love and absolute truth.

 

God the Son

We believe Jesus Christ is simultaneously 100% human and 100% divine. We believe He was born of a virgin, that His death was a pleasing and acceptable sacrifice for the sins of all, and that He ascended into heaven. We believe He will return in bodily form to gather all Christ followers. We believe Jesus is the only way to have a personal relationship with God, and that by personally accepting His death and resurrection, anyone can be spiritually birthed (born again) into this relationship.

 

God the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit’s goal is to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ. We affirm He is actively involved in the lives of Christ followers. He is not only responsible for their new birth, He also instructs and empowers them to live the Christian life and produces fruit in their lives as evidence of their ongoing journey to becoming more like Christ. He gifts them in ways that enable them to fulfill their unique position within the body of Christ. We affirm He is also active in the lives of unbelievers, whether skeptics or inquisitive seekers. He is at work, convicting them of their sin, pointing out their distance from God, and heightening their sense of emptiness that only God can fill.

 

Humanity

We believe that all people are created in the image of God. Through the fall of Adam and Eve, all were separated from God. We remain in that state until the moment of new birth by the Holy Spirit.

 

Salvation

We believe that God, in His great love for all people, provided the ultimate sacrifice for sin in His Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation comes through Him alone. Only through His shed blood and resurrection are there any grounds for justification and reconciliation to God. Salvation is, therefore, received as a free gift of faith. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. People were created to exist forever. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally present with God through forgiveness and salvation.

 

Marriage and Gender

We believe that God created mankind and that He created them male and female. Gender is a biological fact and people should live in accordance with their biological gender. As such, God created men and women different to complement and complete each other. We believe that marriage is the life-long union between one man and one woman and that it is the foundation of the family. Sex is a gift from God to be enjoyed and is reserved for the confines of biblical marriage.

 

In Essential Beliefs, We Have Unity

“There is one Body and one Spirit...one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all...”

Ephesians 4:4-6

 

In Non-Essential Beliefs, We Have Liberty

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls...So then each of us will give an account of himself to God...So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”

Romans 14:1,4,12,22

 

In All Our Beliefs, We Show Charity

“...and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I have that absolute faith which can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”

1 Corinthians 13:2