Our Beliefs

God

We believe that God is the eternal Creator of all things. God exists as the Trinity, three persons in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

Humanity

We believe that humanity is deeply loved and valued by God, yet at the same time deeply broken and corrupt. Although humanity has rebelled against God, God continuously pursues a relationship with humanity. 

 

Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity came to earth and lived a sinless life, was crucified, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. Through his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus reconciled humanity to God, defeated Satan, and conquered death. Jesus calls all people to follow after him, learn from him, and receive eternal life through his work on the cross and resurrection. One day Jesus will return and consummate his kingdom on earth.

 

The Church

We believe that all followers of Jesus are called to exist together in a worshipping community. The church is not a building, but a called out assembly of people who follow Jesus. Jesus followers are called to partner with him in seeing people restored to God, each other, and creation.

 

The Bible

We believe that the Bible contains the story of God’s relationship with humanity. It is the primary source for understanding God’s intentions for the world, the life of Jesus, the role of the Church, and our hope for the future.

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in the life of Jesus followers. We also affirm the existence of all spiritual gifts described in the New Testament including tongues, healing, prophecy, and words of knowledge.

 

The Sacraments

We believe in the sacraments of Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. All followers of Jesus are called to identify with him in baptism and partake of his body and blood at the Lord’s Supper.

 

The Future

We believe that God’s ultimate plan is the restoration of all things. The resurrection of Jesus was our first glimpse of the world to come. Those who are in union with God through Jesus will one day be resurrected on the restored earth, along with the restored creation, where they will exist eternally with God.


The apostle's creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,*
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

*Universal Church (all Christians from all times)


Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
      the Father almighty,
      maker of heaven and earth,
      of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      the only Son of God,
      begotten from the Father before all ages,
           God from God,
           Light from Light,
           true God from true God,
      begotten, not made;
      of the same essence as the Father.
      Through him all things were made.
      For us and for our salvation
           he came down from heaven;
           he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
           and was made human.
           He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
           he suffered and was buried.
           The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
           He ascended to heaven
           and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
           He will come again with glory
           to judge the living and the dead.
           His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
      the Lord, the giver of life.
      He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
      and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
      He spoke through the prophets.
      We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
      We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
      We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
      and to life in the world to come. Amen.