What We Believe

We believe in the Holy and Loving Triune God. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth and has created each of us for a specific purpose. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God and it is through Christ that we receive our salvation (John 3:16-17).  Whoever proclaims Christ to be Lord and Savior over their lives will receive salvation (Rom 10:9).  We believe that the Holy Spirit is the way that God guides and directs our lives.

As Christians, we realize that we do not live perfect lives.  As humans, we sin against God and the Kingdom. Our sin separates us from God. But, God’s grace furnishes what is lacking in our lives because of our personal weaknesses.  We are justified in our faith, because Christ died for our sins. It is through his death and resurrection that we carry on in our lives as Christians and proclaim the Good News of God’s grace and love.

We believe that Jesus Christ was both fully human and fully divine.  Christ was the “Word made flesh” (John 1:14).  Although he had a human nature, he was sinless- which points to his divine nature as God incarnate.  Jesus walked the earth teaching, healing and giving hope to sinners and those on the margins.  He suffered a horrible crucifixion, but was raised from the dead three days later.  His resurrection pointed to Jesus being the Son of God.

We believe that the Scriptures are the unique and authoritative word of God.   Although the actual texts were written by human hands, the words came from God through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Scriptures are the unique and inspired message from God to the people of God, and it is through Scripture that God is revealed to humanity and shows God’s purpose for humanity.

We believe that the Holy Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are a gift from God. Baptism is the sign and seal in God’s grace and covenant with the Church.  When we are baptized, we receive new life.  The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the reconciliation of humankind with God and with one another through the taking of the elements. We take of the elements in remembrance of all that Christ has done for us and continues to work in our lives.  It is in the sacraments that God is working to administer grace to a broken world.

We believe that God created the Church in order to bring about peace and harmony to all humankind and to reconcile all humans to God.  Christ has entrusted the entire Church for this mission and has given the Church the gift of the Holy Spirit in order to fulfill God’s mission for the Church.  Christ calls the Church into being, giving the Church all that it needs to carry out the mission of spreading the Good News.

We believe that we are called to serve Christ in our daily lives and tasks. As followers of Christ, we are to show the love of Christ to all whom we come to meet.  We also believe that a day will come when the entire world will be judged and Christ will come again to reign over his kingdom.  The day and hour is not known to us, so we must prepare ourselves by continuing to live joyful and holy lives.  We wait for the day when there will be a new heaven and a new earth, as we proclaim Christ’s justice and mercy over our lives.