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Our Beliefs

As followers of Jesus Christ, we affirm the historic Apostles and Nicene Creeds, and we affirm our spiritual connection with all those who seek to exalt and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

We affirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture, which is foundational to our faith and practice.  We proclaim the message of a personal, yet corporate, faith in the once-crucified, now-resurrected Messiah, and a transformed life in the Spirit.  We seek to serve the global, universal church in all its diversity in a spirit of unity.  We embrace the biblical call to seek justice and peace, and to serve the poor, the vulnerable, and the oppressed.

We believe:

There is one true living God who exists eternally in three distinct Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  God alone is the Creator, Sustainer and Lord of all things visible and invisible, at work in the world to redeem creation.

The eternal, absolute, and essential deity of the Son of God, incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.  He declared God’s kingdom rule, and embodied that reign in His life, teaching, ministry, death, and resurrection.  Having lived a life of perfect human obedience to the Father, He died on the cross as a vicarious and victorious atonement for sin.  In His atoning death and resurrection, Christ opened the way of rescue from sin and death, and offered forgiveness and healing, in reconciling the world to God.  Exalted as Lord, He continues to make intercession for His people.

The eternal, absolute, and essential deity and personality of The Holy Spirit who convinces of sin, righteousness, and judgment, who illuminates, regenerates, sanctifies, and comforts those who have believed and received Jesus Christ as Lord.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit includes regenerating, baptizing, indwelling, sealing, and filling.  While these five ministries occur at conversion, the first four are permanent and unconditional, needing no repetition or further request in prayer for their benefits. The fifth, however, is temporary and conditional, requiring continuous repetition in the life of the follower of Jesus.

The Holy Bible, both Old and New Testaments together, is the complete, authoritative written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, truthful and trustworthy in all that it teaches.  The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.

Mankind alone, both male and female, are created in the image of God, and were created to enjoy relationship with God, with one another, and with creation over which we are called to be stewards. Mankind’s sinful rebellion resulted in God’s just judgement, bringing the consequences of sin upon all humanity.

God in mercy and grace redeems all who repent of their sin and trust the Lord Jesus Christ alone for their salvation, justifying them through faith, restoring their relationship with God, giving them new life by the Spirit, and transforming them in Christlikeness.

The one holy, catholic (universal) and apostolic church occurs in local communities of believers all over the world. The ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are central to Christian worship, fellowship, and discipleship.  We affirm the baptism of believers by immersion on profession of faith in Jesus Christ.  We believe that a church is called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith, and the observance of the ordinances.  We believe it is a sovereign, interdependent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, who is the Great Head of the Church. 

Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.  He will establish His kingdom of peace and He will reign forever.