Our Essential Beliefs
1. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the one and only true God. God is without limits in power, presence, knowledge and wisdom. God makes Himself known as both completely holy and totally loving.
2. Though God reveals Himself through creating and sustaining all things, God singularly and particularly makes Himself known through the Bible. The Bible is the true Word of God and the infallible rule of Christian faith and practice. In Scripture, God tells both who He is and what He has done, is doing, and will yet do.
3. In the beginning, God made all things good, with human beings as the crown of creation bearing God’s spiritual image. Nevertheless, starting with the first man and first woman, the human race has chosen to disobey God, bringing evil into a fallen world. All creation now suffers under the effects of human sin and rebellion, which is reflective of conflict in the unseen spiritual world.
4. In holy love, God has initiated a plan to redeem and renew this fallen world. God elected Abraham and his offspring as the particular people through whom to accomplish redemption. God’s plan reached its climax and fulfillment in the life and work of Abraham’s descendent, Jesus of Nazareth.
5. Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the promised Messiah of Israel, the Living Word of God, and the eternal Son of the Father. Being both fully God and fully human, He came to restore fellowship between God and human beings. After living a sinless life of loving obedience to the Father, Jesus died on the cross as a substitute to atone for sin. Rising bodily from the grave on the third day, He ascended to the Father in heaven where He presides as Mediator and High Priest. As such, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by faith in Him.
6. The Father adopts as His own beloved children all who are called, drawn, and regenerated through the Holy Spirit to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. God justifies and adopts His people who receive the Son by grace exercised through the gift of faith.
7. God the Holy Spirit comes to glorify Jesus Christ by applying Christ’s saving work to all who believe. The Spirit convicts Christians of sin, assures them of forgiveness, transforms them to live holy and loving lives, guides them in God’s way, and empowers them for ministry in the church and mission in the world.
8. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is comprised of all who respond to the Spirit’s call to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. The Church is a covenant community of worship, prayer, discipleship, service, and mission. Through local congregations, the Church truly preaches the Gospel, rightly administers the sacraments, and wisely disciples its members so that in all things, God is glorified.
9. God commissions the Church collectively and its members individually to share the Good News with the world. All Christians are to participate in God’s plan for seeking and saving the lost. The Church further seeks to bless the world by working to establish God’s love, peace, justice, and righteousness everywhere.
10. Following death, believers live forever in the loving presence of God. Finally, when God consummates history, Jesus Christ will come to judge the living and the dead. He shall assign the unjust to eternal death and the justified to everlasting life. God’s Kingdom made manifest in the new heavens and new earth shall never end. “Even so, come Lord Jesus!”
" ...Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come." Revelation 4:8