Memorial Day Weekend: We are gathering for worship at 9 a.m. this Sunday, May 26

Beliefs

Basic Beliefs

We believe that the gospel is the centerpiece of faith and life.  And what is the gospel? It is the good news about what God has done through Jesus.  God has not only created the world, but since all humankind has fallen out of right relationship with Him, He has brought salvation to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, His Son, and He will one day make all things right for all time.  The Bible considers this message about what Jesus has done as the foundation for Christian faith (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-5), and so do we.

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original manuscripts and the sufficient and final authority for all matters of life, faith, and practice. (II Timothy 3:16)

God 

We believe God is triune, being three persons and one essence. The Father, Son, and Spirit are equally God but are three in person. This God is the center of our worship. (Matthew 28:19-20)

The Father

We believe in the sovereign rule of the Father who assumes headship of all that He created and continues to care and sustain in providence all that exists. (Isaiah 40)

The Son

We believe that the eternal Son took on human flesh, being born of a virgin, and that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, the only mediator between God and man. (Matthew 1:23-25, I Timothy 2:5, Philippians 2:5-7)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, regenerates hearts, indwells all believers, gives gifts to men and women, and guides believers to obedience (John 16:8, Romans 8:13-15)

Sin

We believe that all have sinned and are under the condemnation of death. (Romans 3:23, 6:23)

Atonement

We believe that Jesus, according to the will of God the Father, offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him have eternal life. On the cross, Jesus defeated evil, sin and death. He shed His blood so that those who repent and believe will have life in Him as their Lord and Savior. (John 3:1, Romans 10:9-10)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, and that true faith in the gospel will be made evident by a life of godliness, which is only possible by walking with the Holy Spirit, and by participation with the community of the saints. (Acts 2:42, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 2:12, Hebrews 10:25)

The Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus as the first fruits of our resurrection and His ascension into heaven to the right hand of the Father. We look forward in hope to His second coming in glory. (I Corinthians 15:3-8, II Peter 3)

Ordinances

We believe that baptism is a faithful response to God’s grace, signifying one’s identification with Christ and His church and the church’s privilege is to commune with the triune God and His people in celebrating the Lord’s Supper. (Acts 2:3)

The Church

We believe that the church is the pillar and foundation of the truth, sharing in God’s redemptive mission through proclamation of the gospel by word and deed, resulting in transformed lives committed to God’s glory. The church is the community where the people of God share their lives in fellowship with God and each other. (I Timothy 3:15, Matthew 28:19-20)

Eternity

We believe in a coming Great Day where all people -- the living and the dead -- will stand before God in order to hear His verdict concerning their eternal destiny, either heaven or hell. (Revelation 20:11-15, I Corinthians 3:12-15)