Our Core Values
WE BELIEVE in the Trinity—one God who is three persons. Our triune God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. He is the loving Father of his only begotten son Jesus. As Christians, we are his adopted children who can also call him “Father.” Jesus Christ is God in flesh, fully human and fully divine. He came into the world through a virgin conception, lived a sinless life and died on the cross to redeem the world. He was raised to life on the third day and is now at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. The Holy Spirit is given to all Christians as a seal of salvation. He is our comforter and guide and through him we are renewed, empowered and made more Christ-like.
WE BELIEVE the Bible is God’s revelation to humanity and as such is our final authority for matters of faith and practice. The Bible was written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and tells the story of God’s workings with persons through history. The Bible uniquely reveals truth about God, humanity, sin, salvation and our eternal destiny.
WE BELIEVE that humanity, men and women, were created in the image of God. Through Adam’s sin, humanity now has a sinful nature that separates us from God. Humans are therefore in need of a Savior to be restored to a right relationship with God. Salvation is possible because Jesus came into the world to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Those who confess their sin and accept that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead are saved, enjoying a personal relationship with Jesus, direct access to God the Father and the promise of eternal life with God. Salvation, therefore, is not achieved by our effort but only by Jesus’ shed blood; it is a free gift that we cannot earn. Baptism occurs after confession of faith in Jesus and is an external sign of the internal reality of salvation and a new life.
WE BELIEVE the church is a voluntary community of believers and witness of God’s presence in the world. We gather together to worship God, to pray, to hear God’s Word, to encourage one another and to be a means of sharing the good news of the gospel to a broken world. Communion in worship is a celebration and remembrance of Christ’s work on the cross. The bread and cup are symbols of his broken body and shed blood. Partaking together as a community of believers is a sign of our connectedness to Christ and to each other. Footwashing often accompanies communion to remind us of our self-giving love for each other and our call to serve one another.
WE BELIEVE the Christian life is a life of obedience to Christ and we live this life not in our own strength, but by the power of Christ in us. As disciples of Christ, we seek to grow in the faith and knowledge of Christ through prayer and the study of God’s Word; to live in mutual accountability with the community of faith; and to serve the needs of the poor and needy in the world. Christians are called to love all people, including our enemies, and to live in peace with our brothers and sisters in the church as well as with our neighbors. Taking the life of another human being is contrary to the will of God.
Singleness and Marriage
WE BELIEVE both singleness and marriage are options for a godly lifestyle. Marriage is an institution ordained of God, a divine covenant relationship between one man and one woman for life. Sexual intimacy outside the marriage relationship is sin.
WE BELIEVE Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Those who reject God’s gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from him. All who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ will enjoy eternity in heaven in the presence of our triune God.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”