Statement of Faith

GOD

We believe that there is one and only one true and living God, an infinite Spirit who is the Maker and Supreme Ruler of the universe. We believe the Scriptures reveal Him to be holy, sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, immutable, and full of love, justice, goodness, mercy, and truth - An infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love that concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Although there is only one God, we believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three eternal and coequal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe these members of the Trinity are the same in substance, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections; but execute different but harmonious functions.

Mark 12:29; John 4:24; Matt. 3:16-17 and 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; I Timothy 3:16, Ephesians 4:4 and Colossians 2:9; Genesis 1:1,26,27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1

 

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus the Messiah, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, mysteriously became God in the flesh. Jesus, living a sinless life, came to preach good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted and to set captives free, proclaiming a new arrival of the Kingdom of God, bringing about a New Exodus, and restoring our fractured world. He, and his message, were rejected by many as he confronted the oppressive nature of the religious elite, yet his path of suffering, death, burial, and resurrection has brought hope to all creation. Jesus is our only hope for bringing reconciliation between God and humans. Through Jesus we have been forgiven and reconciled to God. God is now reconciling us to each other, ourselves, and creation.

Matthew 1:22-23 Isaiah 9:6 John 1:1-5; 14:10-30 Hebrews 4:14-15 I Corinthians 15: 3-4 Romans 1: 3-4 Acts 1:9-11 I Timothy 6:14-15 Titus 2:13; John 1:18 and 8:58; Matt. 1:23; Col. 1:15-17; I Tim. 1:15 and 3:16; Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Luke 3:21-22; Philippians 2:5-11

 

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, fully equal with God the Father and God the Son. Although He is of the exact same essence, we believe He is a personality distinct from the other members of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit, we believe, has an active ministry which includes the restraining of evil, convicting of sin, bestowing of God's goodness on all mankind, regenerating, indwelling, the giving of spiritual gifts, filling, assuring, comforting, teaching, helping in the understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ.

Acts 5:3-4; II Thes. 2:3-9; John 16:7-11; Matt. 5:45; Tit. 3:5; Eph. 1:13, 3:20, and 5:18; I Cor. 6:19, 12:13, and 14; James 5:14; Rom. 8:14, 16; John 16:13, 7; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12;  1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; John 14:17

 

PEOPLE

Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This separates man from God. We must learn His ways and exchange our way of thinking for His. We are to be conformed to the Kingdom of God by the molding and shaping of His Hands, for apart from Him we can do nothing.

Genesis 1:27 Psalm 8:3-6 Isaiah 53:6A; 59:1-2 Romans 3:23; Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3; John 15:1-5; Hebrews 13:5-6; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:23-29; Philippians 4:8; Heb 12:14, Phil 3:14

 

SALVATION

We believe that salvation from the penalty and power of sin is provided only through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection. He was made sin for us and died in our place. There is nothing man can do to attain this salvation (ie: good works, moral achievement, or religious status). Salvation is complete and a present possession of all who have trusted in Jesus as their savior. We believe that Jesus is the Truth and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. We believe the day is coming when Jesus will return and judge the world, bringing an end to injustice and restoring all things to God's original intent. He will reclaim this world and rule forever. The earth's groaning will cease, and God will dwell with us here in a restored creation. On that day there will be no more death, and God will wipe away all our tears. Our relationships with God, others, ourselves, and creation will be whole. All will flourish as God intends. This is what we long for. This is what we hope for. And we have given our lives to living out that future reality now. 

I Peter 1:18-19 and 2:24; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-9 and 4:32; Tit. 3:5; Rom. 5:1 and 8:38-39; Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2; Eph 2:8-9, Gal 5:5, Rom 5:1; Luke 3:21-22; Philippians 2:5-11; John 3:36; John 3:31-32; John 14:6

 

CREATION

We believe all living things came into being by a direct creative act of God, and thus have an existence distinct from Him and yet always dependent on Him. We believe in the beginning God created all things good and did not abandon his creation to destruction and decay; rather he promised to restore this broken world. As part of this purpose, God chose a people, Abraham and his descendants, to represent him in the world. God promised to bless them as a nation so that through them all nations would be blessed. In time they became enslaved in Egypt and cried out to God because of their oppression. God heard their cry, and he liberated them from their oppressor and brought them to Sinai where he gave them an identity and a mission as his treasured possession, a Kingdom of priests, a holy people. God created us to be relational as well and marked us with an identity as his image bearers and with a missional calling to serve, care for, and cultivate the earth. God created humans in his image to live in fellowship with him, one another and creation. We recognize that through human sin, darkness and evil entered the story and are a part of the world, fracturing our relationships with God, others and creation. Throughout the story of Israel, God refuses to give up on his people despite their frequent acts of unfaithfulness to him.

Genesis 1; John 1:1-3; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 2:21-23; Psalms 148:2-5; Revelation 12:7-9; Gen. 2:4; Prov. 16:4; Acts 17:24; Col. 1:16-17

 

THE BIBLE

We believe God inspired the authors of Scripture by his Spirit to speak to all generations of believers, including us, today. God calls us to immerse ourselves in this authoritative narrative individually and communally to faithfully interpret and live out that story today as we are led by the Spirit of God. We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the final authority in faith and life. We believe that we are to wash and renew our minds by the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5; James 1:22-25; II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21; I Cor. 2:13; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Revelation 22:18; John 1:14; 2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 1 John 2:5-6; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 5:26

 

THE CHURCH

The church is a global and local expression of living out the way of Jesus through love, sacrifice, and healing as we embody the resurrected Christ, who lives in and through us, to a broken and hurting world.

Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 6:23-24; Hebrews 10:25; I Cor. 11:23-28 and 12:13; Acts 2:1-4; I Thes. 4:13-17; Col. 4:16; Eph. 4:7; Heb. 13:17; Matt. 28:19-20; Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:23