Statement of Faith

God: We believe there is one God, who always has and always will exist as three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16–17; Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

Revelation: We believe God has revealed himself in a general way through his creation, preservation and governance of the world (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20); and has revealed himself in a special way through his Holy Word for his glory and for our salvation (Romans 10:17; 2 Peter 1:3).

The Bible: We believe the Bible is God’s Word, inspired by God the Holy Spirit, to be the supreme authority for our life of faith and for our salvation (2 Timothy 3:16–17; 1 Peter 1:12; 2 Peter 1:21)

Creation: We believe God created all things out of nothing (Genesis 1–2, Jeremiah 5:24; Hebrews 11:3) and God upholds this world by his providence (Matthew 10:29–30, Acts 14:15–17).

Sin: We believe that humanity, while created in God’s image, fell into sin through the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, resulting in the corruption of our nature and our estrangement from God (Genesis 3; Romans 3:23; 5:12, 18–19).

Redemption: We believe that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to deliver us from our sin and bring us into God’s kingdom. Christ accomplished this by bearing the wrath of God that we deserved through his atoning death on the cross (Matthew 1:21; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:17; 1 Peter 3:18).

Christ: We believe Jesus Christ is God’s Son incarnate, fully God and fully man (John 1:14, 10:33; Hebrews 2:14–18). We believe Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:20–23; Luke 1:35, 2:11), crucified on a cross (Matthew 27:35–38; Mark 15:25–26, Luke 23:32–38; John 19:17–20), died (Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:37; Luke 23:46; John 19:30, 32–34), laid in a tomb (Matthew 27:57–61; Mark 15:43–46; Luke 23:52–55; John 19:41–43), resurrected from the dead on the third day (Matthew 28:1–10; Luke 24; John 20; 1 Corinthians 15:20–22), and ascended to heaven where he now reigns at the right hand of God (Acts 1:9–11; Ephesians 1:20–21, 4:7–10).

Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s very presence with all who have faith in Christ to unite us with Christ, minister Christ’s justification and sanctification to us personally, and equip us to live out our various callings in life (1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:4–11; 2 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 3:14; Titus 3:5).

Church: We believe being a Christian involves being engrafted into the body of Christ, the church (Ephesians 1:22–23; Colossians 1:18, 24), and therefore all believers ought to participate regularly in a local congregation where the gospel is preached, the sacraments are administered, and people are held accountable to follow Christ as his disciples (Matthew 18:15–17; 28:18–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26; Ephesians 3:10–11; 5:23–32; Hebrews 10:25).

Civil Society: We believe God has established civil governments to promote justice for the common good in this broken world, and that Christians are obligated to respect the lawful authorities appointed by God (Romans 13:1–7; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:17).

The Future: We believe Jesus Christ will visibly return for all to see (Matthew 24:30), give us new resurrected bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51–53), judge all people (Matthew 12:36; Revelation 20:12–13), cleanse this world with fire (2 Peter 3:7), and establish a new heavens and new earth where God will dwell with his people forever (Revelation 21:1–4).