WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
Our beliefs are rooted in:
The Bible alone as our source of special revelation from God; Jesus Christ alone as the means of our salvation through His sinless life, death, resurrection, substitutionary atonement for sins and continued mediation for His people; We are saved by grace alone, a gift of God not based on any goodness or actions of our own; We are sinful and can only be justified by that grace through our faith alone, and all this is to the glory of God alone.
We believe the Bible is God’s living and active Word, graciously given to us. It is our foundation, our authority for all things doctrinal and practical. All 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are infallible and inerrant, inspired by the Holy Spirit to use the minds and hands of chosen men to declare the revelation of the only true God. There are no other inspired Scriptures or special revelation of God to His people. The Bible is not simply instructions sprinkled with stories; rather it is one, comprehensive, redemptive story meant for instruction, ultimately pointing to and perfectly fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. There is no other God. He is all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, unchanging, wholly good, loving, just and merciful. He is the Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of all things.
We believe God brought the world into existence out of nothing. The original creation was one of order, beauty, and harmony. As part of His creation, humans were meant to not only care for the creation, but also to cultivate and create within their environment. We believe that humans reflected the perfect image of God, and that everything created declares His glory and handiwork, leaving man without excuse of His existence.
We believe in a literal fall, where our first parents, Adam and Eve, listened to Satan and disobeyed God, bringing rebellion and sin into God’s creation. At this point, the harmony of the original created order was lost, and all of creation became cursed. All humanity, like Adam, their representative, are under just condemnation to physical death as well as spiritual death in their sin.
The fall of man and the curse of sin left mankind eternally separated from the perfect requirements of and communion with a holy God. In his infinite mercy and grace, God the Father sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Jesus lived the perfect life we can never live and died the death we all deserve, becoming the perfect sacrifice and ultimate atonement for sin, conquering death. He bore the punishment for sin and wrath of God, so that by believing in Him, apart from any works of our own, we could be reconciled to God. We believe in his literal life, death, and resurrection, and we surrender our lives to Him as the only means of salvation.
Jesus promised to come again, and when He comes, He will judge the living and the dead. The righteous will live with Him, as His people, forever. The wicked, those who reject Him, will live in eternal torment and judgment with their father, the Devil. Christ will recreate the heavens and the earth, making all things new, reconciling all things to Himself. He will banish sin and death, and rule forever in the New Jerusalem with the people of God, as their temple and light to all creation.
We believe the Church exists to be part of God’s unfolding redemptive plan in the world. The Church is a community called by the will of the Father, through the power of the Spirit, to be the body of Christ and a sent nation of priests for the blessing of the world.