What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." 

A.W. TOZER 

Statement of Basic Belief

The Bible
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are given by God’s inspiration, and are true, authoritative, and sufficient. We believe the Scriptures were written by God through people and therefore speak with the authority of God while reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. They are the unique and final authority on all matters of Christian faith and practice.

God
We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God is sovereign—needing nothing from his creation. We also believe that God is just, loving, and good in all that he does. He alone is worthy of worship.

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. We believe he was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now acts as the only mediator between God and people. We believe he will return physically at a time of the Father’s choosing to judge the living and the dead and bring about the restoration of all things.

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit, as the third person of the Trinity, is to apply the saving work of Christ. He does this by bringing conviction of a person’s need for the forgiveness of sin. He regenerates their heart and then permanently indwells them when they believe. His ongoing work is to guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

Humanity
We believe that people were created in the image of God for a loving relationship with God. However, people have rebelled against God, actively or passively choosing to go their own independent way. As a result, we’re separated from God and suffer the corruption of our nature because of our sin. The effects of this fall from our intended relationship with God can be reversed through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.

Salvation
We believe that Jesus Christ died as the substitutionary atonement for our sin. No amount of good works or human effort can restore us from our state of eternal alienation from God. It is only by God’s free grace that we are saved from this state of alienation. This grace is given through faith in Jesus Christ to forgive our sins, and evidenced by a change of heart toward God and others in our lives.

The Church
We believe there is only one true universal Church, composed of all people who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. The diversity of all believers working together, using their gifts to build up one another, form the parts of the Body of Christ, the Church. Wherever God’s people meet for worship, teaching, prayer, baptism, and communion—there is the local expression of the church. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

Spiritual Growth
We believe that transformation, growth and life change are evidence of a person’s connection to God. As we continue to walk in a real relationship with God, He will continue to change us to become more like Christ. This requires both intentionality on our part and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.