WHAT WE BELIEVE

AS A CHURCH rooted in historical christianity, WE BELIEVE TOGETHER THAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE OUR ONLY AUTHORITY IN MATTERS OF FAITH AND PRACTICE. THIS LEADS US TO BELIEVE:

 

GOD

In one God eternally existing in one essence, yet co-equal persons, the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

That Jesus Christ was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary.

In the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the life of the believer, and be empowers the preaching and teaching of the Gospel.

That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in him are justified by grace on the basis of his shed blood.

In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, his ascension into heaven and his present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us.

In the blessed hope, which is the personal, visible and future return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

That all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit, united to Christ and thereby become sons and daughters of God and heirs of eternal life.

BIBLE

The scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority. The primary message of the scriptures is the glory of God in Christ.

HUMANITY

That God directly created Adam and Eve, the historical parents of the entire human race; and that they were created in his own image, distinct from all other living creatures, in a state of original righteousness, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that human beings are born with a sinful nature. 

That human life, sexual identity and roles are aspects of God’s creative design. From creation, marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman that should be marked by sexual purity, by sacrificial male leadership, and by recognizing the divine blessing of children, including preborn children.

In the existence of a personal devil, who is still working in the world to destroy the souls of humans, and that he and all his angels and all who do not receive Christ as their personal Savior will spend eternity apart from him.

CHURCH

In the Church, whose mission it is to preach the Scriptures to all the world, all of its endeavors being guided by multiple leadership and supported by the wise stewardship of God's people.

That the ordinances of the Church, given by the Lord, are Baptism and Communion (or Eucharist, Lord's Table, or Lord's Supper).

We are also rooted in historic Christianity. We affirm the summary of biblical doctrine contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Westminster Larger Catechism, as well as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed, which the Church has affirmed across the centuries as helpful summaries of the essence and activity of God.

 

WHAT WE VALUE

Worship

All of life is worship. We are all worshippers, whether we admit it or not. Because we were created for worship, when we do not worship God we worship other finite things; we set our hearts on relationships, careers, money, accomplishments, approval, comfort, power. These are all things that we tend to ‘worship,’ instead of worshipping God. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ sets us free to worship properly.

Corporate worship is the center of the Christian life. Once a month until January 2019, our church gathers to worship. We would love to have you join our worship services. To find when these are happening, check out our events page.

Community

The Church is not an event or a place, but a people. Among the many biblical metaphors for the Church are a body (1 Cor. 12:12-26), a family (Galatians 6:1-2, 10), and a nation (1 Peter 2:9-10). The Christian life, clearly, was never meant to be pursued alone. Therefore, we are committed to loving and spiritually encouraging each other.

In addition to our Bible studies and worship services, we have numerous events going on to provide opportunities to strengthen community life.

Mercy

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” - 2 Corinthians 8:9

True Christian mercy and service is not just “charity." Mercy is not motivated by compulsion, duty, or guilt. Christian mercy is rooted in the awareness that we are all recipients of God’s mercy through Jesus Christ – a mercy that we’ve done nothing to deserve. In an effort to model the selfless love of Christ to as many as possible, part of the mission of our church is to love the people in our area through acts of service, and also dream about what our neighborhoods could become.