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What We Believe




About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is both holy and loving.


About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, fully human and fully divine. He lived without sin as a perfect example of how we are to live. He assumed our judgment by dying on the cross in our place. He was raised from the dead, ascended to heaven, and offers salvation to all who repent and put the faith in Him as their leader and redeemer.


About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus as the leader of our lives and the forgiver of our sins, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. He provides us with power for living, enables us to understand spiritual truth, and guides us in doing what pleases God. As Christians we seek to live under his control daily.


About the Bible

The Bible is God’s word written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the final authority for determining our Christian beliefs and how we are to live.


About Human Worth

We value the sacred dignity and worth of all people, without exception. Every human has been created in the image and likeness of God and is designed to live in joy and holiness, fully participating in the church, both universal and local. Every person has been separated from God and each other through willful disobedience. Reconciliation is possible only through Jesus Christ.


About the Church

The church exists in two expressions. It is the universal church and everlasting community of followers of Jesus Christ. Though distinct in form, practice, location, size, style, and theological convictions, it is unified through a common root of salvation in Jesus Christ, the teaching of God's Word, the observance of the sacraments, and witness to the world. The church also has a local expression of the universal church. The local church is a specific body of believers who commit to service, worship, care, growth, and outreach to the community and the world.


About Being Made Right With God

Becoming right with God and having our relationship with God restored is what the Bible calls salvation. Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can never earn it or achieve it by self-improvement or good works. We accept God’s gift of a new life when we turn from our self-ruled life and accept Jesus as our Savior. The new life that God gives us is an abundant life in this world and eternal life in the world to come.

 

 

About The Kind Of Life We Are Called To Live

Though we are not made right with God by our own goodness, “good works” are not optional for the Christian life. When we give our lives to Christ, it is expected that we will grow towards loving God with all our being and our neighbors as ourselves.


About Baptism

Baptism is our initiation into the church and our identification as children of God. God initiates this relationship and chooses us as daughters and sons, beginning our life-long journey of faith. God’s choice happens regardless of our age or our response. Because God chooses us once and for all, this is an act that should not be repeated. Those that are baptized as children must make the choice to confirm their belief in Christ to continue as members of the church.


About Holy Communion

Communion is an opportunity for us to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. On His last night before his death, Jesus ate a special meal with His disciples. He charged his church with repeating this meal to remember His sacrifice and celebrate our new life through His death and resurrection. God offers this relationship to everyone, so all who desire to receive are welcome to participate.


 

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