What We Believe
We believe in God, the Creator of all things, and in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. Jesus is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man (John 1:1-2, 14). All things have been created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:15-20). Jesus was born of a virgin, lived among mankind, and although tempted in all ways, He alone was without sin (Hebrews 7:24-28). He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified and died in payment for our sins. He rose again and ascended into heaven, and from there he will come to judge both the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit (the Apostles’ Creed), who has been given to us by God and is one with God the Father and the Son (Ephesians 2:18-22). He dwells in the believer (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 4:6) and carries out God’s will through the church, which is the collective body of Christ (Ephesians 4:4-6). The Holy Spirit has spoken through the prophets and the apostles in Holy Scripture, which is God’s Word to all people.
We believe that all people are made in the image of God and that we have all sinned; no one measures up to God’s glory (Romans 3:23); we constantly err by trying to live our lives independently from God. We believe that we are justified by faith (Galatians 2:16) through Christ’s atonement for our sins on the cross of Calvary (John 3:16). Through our belief that all men and women are created in the image of God, we believe that all people have inherent worth and dignity, and we strive to uphold this. Mankind is fallen, but God offers us an opportunity to be reborn through a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is an ongoing process which has begun, yet will never be complete during our lives on earth. Therefore, we encourage each person toward ongoing spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental development in relation to their design, purpose, and potential as they strive toward maturity within themselves and in their relationships with God and others.