With the Church in all times and in all places, we profess:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
We believe that God is one being—incomprehensible, almighty, unchangeable; infinitely good, holy, just, loving, wise, merciful, righteous, and gracious who exists eternally in three persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:26, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44:6, Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 28:19, 2nd Corinthians 13:14)
We believe in God the Father Almighty—Creator of heaven and earth.
He is the creator and sustainer of all things. He is all knowing and always present. He is our perfectly good, loving, and faithful Father in Heaven.
(Genesis 1:1, Psalm 104, Matthew 6:25-33, John 1:9-13, Matthew 7:9-11)
The Son, Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ—the only begotten Son of God and our Lord.
As the eternal Word made flesh, He is both fully God and fully human. By His life, death, and resurrection He came and lived the perfect life we never could, offered Himself on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins, and defeated death for us all. Ascended into heaven and seated the right hand of the Father, He rules over all creation as King. One day, He will return to judge the living and the dead and usher in the eternal Kingdom of God.
(John 1:1-18, Matthew 1:21, Philippians 2:5-11, Romans 8:1-5, 1 Corinthians 15:1-58, Matthew 25:31-32)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit.
He is at work in God’s world to bring about God’s good purposes. He restrains sin, calls God’s people to faith, indwells believers to renew them, empowers believers to become more like Jesus, assures believers of their faith, comforts them in trials, and is the sure deposit of the believer’s everlasting life in God’s coming Kingdom.
(Genesis 1:2, Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:1-4, 2 Corinthians 1:21, Galatians 5:22-25, John 14:15-17, 2 Corinthians 5:1-5)
We believe the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and written down by God’s chosen authors.
It is composed of 66 books—the Old and New Testaments—and it teaches us the great Story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Kingdom. As inspired by God, we believe that the Bible is completely reliable and will not fail us in the truth it declares about who God is, who we are, how we are to live in relationship with Him, and what He has promised to do for His world. Because of this, the Bible is our final authority in all matters of faith and life.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrew 1:1-3, 1 Peter 1:22-25)
We believe humanity was created in the Image of God and designed to live in perfect, loving relationship with Him as the crown jewel of His creation. Because of this, we believe that all human beings have intrinsic value and are deeply loved by God.
(Genesis 1:26-30, 2:18-24, Psalm 8, Matthew 6:26)
We believe that Jesus Christ gave His life as a ransom for humanity’s rebellion upon the Cross. His blood, shed for all of us, was the eternal payment for sin. All who place their faith in Him find the complete forgiveness of their sins and the hope of eternal life.
(Romans 8:1-5, Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 9:11-15)
This free gift is by grace through faith alone in the finished work of Jesus—it is not deserved and it can not be earned by good deeds or religious ritual—it is only found by receiving this gift of God with joy and a believing heart.
(Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 10:9-11)
We believe that our good and loving God, by His gracious call in Christ, gathers a new community from among all peoples and all times called the Church. In this new community, all are welcome—the lost are called home, the sinner makes a new start, the broken find healing, the lonely have belonging, and the aimless are given purpose—here the Spirit renews and the grace of God abounds.
(John 10:27-29, Romans 8:28-30, 1 Corinthians 1:4-9, Ephesians 1:3-14)
We believe that God calls the Church to bring the Good News of the Gospel to all people—to proclaim the assurance in Jesus that there is forgiveness of sin and new life for all who believe—and to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and free the prisoner with the power of the Gospel and the means of Christian charity.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 25:34-40)
We believe that Jesus calls His church to the practice of two Sacraments (or observances)—Baptism and the Lord’s Supper—as tangible signs of Salvation in Him.
Baptism is a representation of the forgiveness of sins in Jesus—for just as water washes away dirt from the body, so too the blood of Jesus washes away all our sins—and so, we baptize believers and their children as a sign and seal of the Christian faith.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 22:16)
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper (or Communion) is a representation of Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross—for as surely as we see the bread broken and the cup poured, so too was Christ’s body broken for us and His blood poured out for us on the cross. And as surely as we taste the bread and the cup of the Lord, so surely Jesus, by His Spirit, refreshes our soul for eternal life—and so, we regularly gather around our Lord’s Table to remember what Jesus has done for us and to proclaim this wondrous truth until He comes again.
(Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:17-20, 1st Corinthians 11:23-25)
We believe that Jesus brought God’s Kingdom Near in His life, ministry, death and resurrection—that all who repent and believe this Good News might begin a new and abundant life in Him—and we believe that, one day, Jesus will return to usher in the eternity of God’s Kingdom Come.
As as Jesus warned, all those who refuse to put their trust in Him, and therefore remain willingly in rebellion against God, will forfeit their share in the glory of God's Kingdom and be forever separated from God as the just punishment for their sins. And, as Jesus has promised, all those who put their trust in Him for their salvation will reign with Him for all eternity and there will be no more sin, suffering, sorrow, or pain as all evil, sin, and death are finally banished forever in the full and complete reign of God.
(Matthew 25:31-46, John 3:16-18, John 14:1-4, Revelation 21:1-4)
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