We believe in one perfect and Holy God, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each part of what we know as the Trinity has distinct personal attributes, but these do not divide the nature or essence of God's being.
We believe that God has always existed and always will exist. God created and rules the universe and all that is in it. He is all-knowing and all-seeing, perfect in holiness and perfect in love.
We believe that Jesus has eternally existed as the Son of God, co-equal with the Father and the Spirit. As a part of God's plan of redemption, Jesus became a man, born to a virgin named Mary, though He never ceased to be God. He lived without sin and ministered to the world, initiating a new covenant between God and humans. Just as sin came upon us through one man, Adam, so it is made right through one man, Jesus. Jesus, the lamb of God, chose to die on a cross as the last, best sacrifice--once and for all. He paid the penalty that should have been ours. On the third day he rose from the grave, was seen by many, and ascended into heaven where He serves as our High Priest, interceding to the Father on our behalf. He will one day come again to judge the world and to gather His children to Himself. He is the standard we are called to emulate in our lives.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He is at work in the world today. He is our comforter in times of need and our convictor when we stray. He conveys to us God's will and empowers us to live in obedience to it.
We believe that the Bible represents God's never ending desire to be in relationship with us. We believe the Bible to be a collaborative effort, inspired by God and written by the human hand. We believe that the Gospel accounts of the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ provide us with the clearest understanding of what God desires for us now and for eternity. We believe both the Old and New Testaments to be a complex library of literature which should be studied in groups and carefully interpreted. We do NOT believe the Bible to be a book of science or historical delineation, but a book of "truths" expressed in various forms of writing. We do NOT believe in proof texting, but instead believe in filtering all our understanding through the teachings of Christ, which clearly express love of God and others above everything.
We believe that God created humanity in His very image. Because of this, each and every human being possesses great dignity and is worthy of our respect and love. God created us with free will, which we have all used to depart from what is good and right. God confirmed His love for all of us, though, when He sent His own son to die on the cross so that we might be able to be in relationship with Him through the sacrifice of Jesus.
We believe that, through baptism, we are joined with the church and with brothers and sisters in Christ everywhere. It is an outward and visible symbol of an inward life change and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins. It doesn't matter how old you are; you can be baptized. We do so by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. You only need to be baptized once in your life. If you've been baptized into the Christian faith before, regardless of denomination, we consider you baptized.
We believe that Communion (the Lord's Supper, the Eucharist) is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Jesus Christ. When we partake, we remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and we celebrate our unity in Him. We give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and we are nourished and empowered to take Jesus into the world. Ours is an open table. All who love Christ and seek to draw near to Him are welcome to partake, regardless of religious affiliation.