We believe what the Bible teaches.
That’s our simple answer to the question "What do You Believe?" However, we recognize that it's not that simple. There are things in the Bible that aren't crystal-clear--leaving room for valid, differences of interpretation in some areas. Therefore, we hold some beliefs in tension, understanding that one person's interpretation might vary from another's. As a reformed denomination we believe in:
We believe in the triune God. God has existed in God’s self for all of eternity and is three persons in one – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Although all three serve different roles and functions, such as God the Son as Lord and Savior, they each possess equal power and authority.
Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 1:1, 5:21-23, 14:10, 16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; James 2:19
We believe in God the first person of the Trinity, the maker, and giver of life. God made heaven and earth, everything that is seen and unseen, what can and cannot be touched. We believe that God is completely holy, all powerful, all knowing, ever present, all merciful, and worthy of all our praise and worship. God is good, gracious, and faithful to God’s own promises and people. God is unchanging and immeasurable. God is love and desires to be in a relationship with his creation.
Genesis 1-2; Exodus 3:14, Micha 3:6, 33:19; Palm 11:4-6, 18:1; Jeremiah 12:15; Jonah 4:2; James 5:11
We believe in Jesus Christ the second person of the Trinity, the son of God who was completely human and completely God at the same time. We believe that God through Jesus Christ was born into our world as an infant, lived a perfect life, and died in our place as a perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins and redemption of humanity. We believe that on the third day Jesus Christ rose from the dead, defeated death and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father and will one day return. We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and is a savior to all and all are welcome.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1, 3:17, 14:33; Luke 22:70; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 3:16; 1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:28
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity and the promised advocate/mediator/helper that Jesus said God would give to us. The Holy Spirit’s presence is the assurance of our relationship with Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit guides, convicts, sustains, and comforts us. We believe that we are filled with the Holy Spirit to do God’s work, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be more like Christ.
Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; Mark 1:10; John 14:16, 15:26; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14
We believe that humankind was made in the image of God, and all are equal in the eyes of God. Humanity was made to have a personal relationship with God, but through free will chose to disobey God and thus became separated from God. We believe that humanity is incapable of obtaining holiness, perfection, and salvation without Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that through Christ, humanity is made alive and reconciled. Through the Holy Spirit humanity is able to carry on the great commission.
Genesis 1:26-30, chap. 3; Psalms 8:3-6; Romans 1:19-32; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; Hebrews 4:16
We believe that we were created in the image of God with a full spectrum of thoughts and emotions, including free will. Through that free will the first humans, Adam and Eve, chose to disobey God and thus committed sin by disobeying God and God’s own will. We believe that sin is anything that alienates us from God. We believe that humanity is inherently evil, selfish, and incapable of being good. We believe that our sinful nature and sinful desires keep us from holiness, and therefore we are incapable of being in a rightful relationship with God.
Genesis 3; Luke 18:19; Romans 3:20, 23-24; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Colossians 3:5; Ephesians 5:3; James 4:4; 1 John 1:6
We believe that forgiveness of sins and salvation are only possible through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation is God’s gift to us by grace through faith. We believe that no person can earn salvation through any means of effort or merit. When anyone places their faith and trust in Christ, and Christ alone, that person receives the promise of forgiveness and of perfect unity with God.
Isaiah 1:18; Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:68-69; John 3:16; Acts 2:21; Romans 1:16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Galatians 2:20
We believe that the Bible is God’s Holy word. Scripture is a unique and authoritative witness of God, God’s work in the world and it is written for all people. It was written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We believe that Scripture can be used as a guide for living and meditation, and for insight about who God is. We believe that Scripture is alive and is therefore relevant to our daily lives, and is not simply a history book.
Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Matthew 22:29; John 16:13-15; 2 Timothy 3:15-17;
We believe that the church is not a building or a location, but the collective body of believers. Wherever there are two or three gathered in God’s name, there the church of God is. We believe that Christ is the head of the church. We believe that in baptism we are united not only with Christ but with each other in eternal fellowship. The church has the responsibility of going out into the world to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to live a life worthy of the Gospel.
Matthew 16:18-19; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 7:17; Colossians 1:18
We Christ has given the church two sacraments – Baptism and the Eucharist – as symbols and signs to remind the people of God of their communion with God and each other through Christ.
Baptism is the sign of the new life in Christ. We believe that when we are baptized in the name of the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) we participate in the dying and rising of Jesus Christ. In doing so we are not only washed and sanctified, but we are also united with Christ and with all of God’s people.
Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 6:11
Holy Communion also known as, The Lord’s Table or The Eucharist, is a gift given by Jesus Christ to his people as a new covenant. We believe that in participating in the meal of bread and cup, we are symbolically taking in the broken body of Christ and the blood that was shed for our sins. In doing so we are in communion with God and with each other.
Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25