What We Believe
As a community of faith, we long for people to come together with our own insight, experiences and views of life and faith. In the midst of our differences, we believe it is also important to be clear about what we share in common. Because this can be confusing, below is a short and a long answer. We hope this helps. Be sure to let us know what questions we might have.
- · We love and follow Jesus the best we can.
- · We believe the Bible is a gift from God by which we know God, know ourselves and live with fewer regrets.
- · We are called by God to share the good news of Jesus in the world.
The Bible is given to us today as the perfect, inspired Word of God. Scripture is also the only perfect guide to our faith with Jesus Christ acting as the authoritative norm for interpretation.
There is one God, the Creator of all things. He exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are of one substance and equal in power and glory.
God created Adam and Eve in God's own image. They fell from their sinless state which placed humanity into sin. We can be saved only by the grace of God, through faith, on the basis of the work of Christ, through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, who has always existed, became a person, born of the Virgin Mary. In Jesus Christ, divine and human natures were united in one Person, both natures being whole, perfect, and distinct. To bring us salvation, he lived a sinless life and died on the cross, shedding his blood for our sins and fully identifying with the human condition. On the third day, he rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will come back, personally and visibly, to complete his saving work the eternal plan of God.
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. The Spirit continues the work of Jesus, and shapes us into the person God intended us to be. Empowered by the Spirit, we are called to serve our neighbors, our cities and the world. Our community should flourish because followers of Jesus are loving others with the self-sacrificing compassion of Jesus.
When we turn to God in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are brought into a new life and are accountable to God for living a life characterized by the fruit of the Spirit.
At the end of the age, all those given to and claimed by the enduring love of Jesus will be in the presence of God forever.