We don’t believe in an idea or a system. We believe in a person. What we believe about God flows from our trust in God – our trust in Jesus.
God has revealed Himself to us as “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” God is Trinity. God is Love. Love created us. Love holds us together. Love changes us, leads us, refines us, defines us, and heals us. God is in charge and has the whole thing covered – has us covered. God never ends. God the Trinity – this divine fellowship of love – has fully and perfectly communicated Himself to us through the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is God in the flesh, God as one of us, Love among us. This eternal fellowship of love has been fully shared with us so that we might fully share in God.
“Gospel” means good news. The good news is that Jesus Christ, through his death and resurrection, has scattered the darkness, defeated the enemy, and turned the road to death into the way of life. He has inaugurated a new creation over which he now reigns as ascended Lord and King.
The Bible is the written testimony of poets, prophets, kings, scribes, and disciples who knew God and who wanted to share their witness and experience of Him with the world. We believe the Bible is true and completely trustworthy, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the revelation of God’s unfolding plan for His universe.
The Creeds help us understand and articulate the mystery of God and to clarify Scripture. The two oldest creeds are the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. We agree with both.
The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
While religions and philosophies of the world are not without elements of truth, Jesus Christ alone is the full revelation of God. In and through the Gospel, Jesus critiques and corrects all views and doctrines. All persons everywhere need to learn of him, come to know and believe in him, and receive new life in him.
Mission and Missions
The Risen Lord commissioned his disciples to preach the gospel and to follow his commandments. The mission of the church includes both evangelistic proclamation and deeds of love and service. We affirm our particular responsibility to know, love, and serve the Lord in our local settings and contexts. Since the biblical pattern of witness moves from the local to the global, we endeavor to be well-informed about our local communities and active in evangelism, service, social justice, and cross-cultural, international mission, with particular concern for the poor of the world.