What  We Believe

about God, Jesus, and the Spirit


We believe in one God,  infinite in wisdom, power, and love.  We believe that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ give us a clear, full, and true revelation of God. God is love.  “If we love one another, God abides in us” (1 John 4:7-21). Through prayer, and in fellowship with God, we grow in our understanding of the divine purpose and will for our lives.
JESUS CHRIST
We believe in Jesus, the Christ – the promised Messiah and Deliverer,  truly human and truly divine, our Savior and the Savior of the world. The unmatched depth of God’s love is revealed in Jesus’ preaching, teaching, and healing, and in His suffering, death, and resurrection. We believe the living Christ is present with us and that through faith in Christ we experience the joy of salvation.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit as God present with us for guidance, comfort, and strength.  We affirm the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives, inspiring those qualities known in the New Testament as the “fruits of the Spirit” – “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).  The Holy Spirit inspires gifts that are to be used for our mutual upbuilding: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).

We also believe...

Scripture

We believe the Word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments is the sufficient rule both of faith and of practice.  Although God is revealed in many ways, we believe the testimony of the Bible is crucial in helping us to live in terms of God’s will.   We believe that God speaks to us through the Scripture when we interpret the ancient witness in light of both its original meaning and its message for us today.

Forgiveness

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  When we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9).  Our repentance is matched by God’s gracious love and acceptance.  Forgiveness re-establishes a broken relationship and enables us to begin again.

The Church

The Church is more than a place, a building, and an institution.  The Church is present when we come together as a gathered community, as well as when we express our faith in witness and service in the world about us.  We recognize that within the fellowship of the Church are those who have lived and died before us, who have finished their course in faith, and now rest from their labors.

The Kingdom of God

We believe in the Kingdom of God as the divine rule in human society.  Jesus' parables about the kingdom of God depict God as One who searches for us.  Jesus spoke of the kingdom in various ways: within us, around us, among us, beyond us.  The kingdom is already here; it is yet to come.  It is a present reality; it is a future hope.  We are called into fellowship with God and with one another to the end that the divine will can be expressed in and through us.

Eternal Life

We believe in the final triumph of righteousness and in the life everlasting. We believe that eternal life is not simply an extension of life beyond death, but also a quality of life in Christ here and now.  To live “in Christ” is to know eternal life. Although we may have questions about life after death , we are confident that the promise of Christ is trustworthy and that God will be with us and sustain us.

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