What We Believe

There is only one God. God is not limited in any way by creation or our ideas about God. God rules over all creation in love, justice, and wisdom.

Everything that exists was designed and created by God to be cared for and enjoyed. God has a plan for what he has created and will accomplish God's purposes in the end.

Humans are created in the image of God so that we can have a personal and communal relationship with God. This Image gives dignity and enables us to love. It also sets us above and makes us responsible for the non-human creation.

The history of sin, death, evil, and pain were begun by rebellion against God and can only be undone by the justice of God.

God has communicated clearly through creation, through Jesus Christ, and through the Bible. The Bible is our authoritative standard for all matters of faith and life as it clearly points us to the mystery and power of Jesus. 

Though God is one, God is presented in three persons (Father, Son and Spirit)—the Trinity. As “Father,” God reigns on high, pursues God's righteous purposes, and will ultimately act as gracious judge of all creation.

The Son, Jesus Christ, is completely God and became a complete human being. His life revealed God to us. His death satisfied the justice of God for the original rebellion and the evil that followed. His resurrection overcame the power of death and gave us life with God after death. Jesus is now with the Father and personally intercedes on our behalf.

The Holy Spirit is completely God and does the work of the Father and Son. The Spirit teaches, gives gifts, and transforms us back into God’s image.

Salvation is by God’s grace, through Christ’s cross and resurrection, and a result of the Spirit’s active work. It is received through faith. It is sealed in confession and baptism. It is demonstrated in a life apprenticed to the lordship of Jesus.

There is one Church. She is the community of people who have trusted in Jesus to make them right with God and to send the Holy Spirit to make them more like God. The church is a “commissioned people,” partnering with God to accomplish God's purposes in this world.

God has given the church special ways in which we can draw close to God personally and enjoy God's blessings. These include baptism, prayer, worship, preaching, Communion, Bible study, serving the poor, spiritual gifts, fasting, and relationships. 

Jesus will return to finally overthrow evil and death forever and to set up a new heaven and a new earth where we can be with Jesus forever. God will rule over everything.