We believe the Bible was written by people guided by God’s Spirit and affirm what it is: authoritative, inspired, illumined by the Spirit and useful for teaching, correcting, and wisdom [Psalm 119.105-112; John 16.12-14; 17.17; 2 Timothy 3.16-17]
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, the one and only Savior [John 1:14, 1 John 4:9, John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:18], who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary [Matthew 21:11, John 19:19, John 1:14, Romans 5:16-17, Colossians 2:9, 1 John 1:1, Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:26-38]. He suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate [Luke 23:1-46], died and was buried, and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day [Luke 23:44-24:8, John 20:24-29, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8]. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father [Luke 22:69, Acts 1:1-9, Colossians 3:1], and will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead [Matthew 24:36-42, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:10-11, Acts 10:39-42, 1 Peter 4:5].
We believe Jesus Christ sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of believers, empowers them with gifts, convicts, guides, comforts, counsels, and leads us into truth through a communal life of worship and a missional expression of our faith. [John 14.26; 20.21-23; Ephesians 1.17-19; Acts 1.8]
We believe God created all things good and all people in God’s image for relationship with God, each other, ourselves, and creation. [Genesis 1-2; 1 Timothy 4.4] People’s rebellion against God broke their relationship with God and continues to perpetuate sin, death, brokenness, and destruction in our world. [Genesis 3.15; Romans 5.12; Colossians 1.21] We believe God has not abandoned creation, and in love, sent to earth God’s one and only Son Jesus, fully God and fully human, born of a virgin and without sin to redeem all creation. [Matthew 1.28-55; John 1; John 3.16-17; Romans 8.19-25; Colossians 1.15-20]
Jesus came proclaiming a new arrival of the Kingdom of God—a reality marked by love, grace, peace, and joy. Through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus defeated sin and death inaugurating a new creation that offers all people eternal life now. Jesus is the only way to access the free gift of grace, renewed peace, and reconciliation with God. [John 1.29; Romans 3.22-26; 5.1-9; Mark 4.26; Romans 14.17; 1 Corinthians 4.20; 2 Corinthians 5.17; Hebrews 1.1-3; Revelation 21.5]
The church is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ, practicing spiritual disciplines, and celebrating baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church is the local and global community of Jesus followers who proclaim [through word and action] the good news of forgiveness, restoration, and reconciliation for all. [Matthew 22.36-40; 28.19-20; John 20.21-23; 2 Corinthians 5.16-21]
Jesus will return to judge the world, bringing an end to injustice and restoring all things to God’s original intent. God will reclaim this world and rule forever. Our relationships with God, others, creation, and ourselves will be whole. All will flourish as God intends. This is what we long for. This is what we hope for. [Isaiah 11.1-9; Isaiah 65.19-25; Matthew 19.28; Acts 3.21; Colossians 1.19-20; 2 Peter 3.13; Revelation 21]