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OUR BELIEFS

The Bible

  • We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
  • We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
  • We believe that the Bible (Old Testament and the New Testament) reveal God’s love and plan for all humanity.
  • We believe the Bible contains all that is necessary and sufficient for every person to establish a relationship with God.

Trinity

  • We describe God in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God

  • We believe in one God who is experienced in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that God created the world and all that is in it.
  • We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
  • We believe that God is loving and that we can experience God’s love and grace.

Jesus

  • We believe that Jesus is the only Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
  • We believe that Jesus was fully human and fully divine.
  • We believe that He died when he was crucified and was raised from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today.
  • We believe that Jesus died so we may have forgiveness of our sins and our relationship with God reestablished.
  • We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.

The Holy Spirit

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us to guide and help us.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit¬†awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.

Humanity

  • We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.
  • We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
  • We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God.

The Church

  • We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
  • We believe that we are called to reach out to those who do not know Christ in relevant ways, so they may know God’s love and experience his grace.
  • We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.

Sacraments

With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated:¬† Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Baptism

  • Through baptism, we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper, Eucharist)

  • The Holy Communion is a holy meal of bread and grape juice that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
  • The Holy Communion recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.
  • By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in outreach and through service communities.
  • We practice “open Communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.