What We Believe
We believe in God the Father. He is the God who created heaven and earth out of chaos in the beginning, and He is still creating out of chaos right now. The story of Scripture teaches us that God is driven by His willingness to love.
We believe in Jesus, God’s Son. He is the image of the invisible God. The firstborn of all creation. He is God in flesh. God who became man. God who became vulnerable. God who can be touched and seen and felt. His obedience to His Father led him to the cross, and that sacrifice has forever dealt sin a catastrophic blow. The cross is at the core of our story, but it’s incomplete without the empty tomb. The resurrection of Jesus became the central message of the Christian faith. Death cannot hold our Lord and Savior. He is alive!
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit—our counselor, comforter, and the one who intercedes on our behalf. He provides followers of Jesus with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is God-honoring.
Every human is born as one who bears the image of God. There is something holy and sacred about being human. However, the story of Scripture teaches us that when we make decisions to step outside of the parameters that God has set up to protect the sanctity of life, we disconnect ourselves from God’s purposes. Jesus came to both rescue and restore. He came to rescue us from our brokenness and separation from God’s created intent, and he longs to restore us as people who will live as those who have been created in God’s own image.
Salvation is a free gift from God. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin. God isn’t only interested in us being saved from something, but he’s just as interested in us being saved into something. We have been saved from the powers of hell and we have been saved into a life in which we get to passionately follow Jesus in the here and now.
The Second Coming
The New Testament teaches that Jesus will return from heaven just as he left and that he will appear with a “loud command . . . and the trumpet call of God” (I Thessalonians 4:16). We will then be raised up to meet him. The Earth will be destroyed by fire and there will be a judgment of all who ever lived on Earth.
The Bible is the story of God’s restoration. The Holy Spirit used a variety of voices to piece this book together. The bible is so much more than a book to be studied and memorized; it is a story to be imitated and lived out. God intends for Scripture to help motivate people to join in God’s continued acts of restoration throughout the world.
Covenant (Baptism & Lord’s Table)
God forms covenants with humans because he’s relational. Baptism teaches we are saved by grace through faith. Our belief is baptism by immersion, which represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:1-5) and symbolizes the death of the old self and the new birth to a “new creation” in our own lives as we seek to walk and grow with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). To be a baptized person is to join in the adventure of living as a disciple of Jesus in our everyday life.
Every Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ body and his blood. We call it the Lord’s Table. Some call it communion or the Lord’s Supper. The purpose of this celebration is three-fold: (1) to remind the church of the new covenant with God through the sacrifice of Jesus, (2) to live transformed because his power is at work within us, and (3) to remain connected to other disciples.