The beliefs (theology) of a community are important. They are written down for others to understand where one might stand or align themselves on certain issues. While needed, this sometimes never allows the reader to truly glimpse what the Church is all about. Our desire is that the ways in which we live out our beliefs would be more important than just the documentation of them.
2 Corinthians 3:2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
We believe there is one God, and this God exists in three personalities… Father, Son, and Spirit. These three personalities are co-equal and one in God.
We believe the Bible is God’s story, written by men inspired by His Spirit, and the foundation for every part of our lives as will live out it’s instructions in this world.
We believe God created the world and it was good.
We believe man and women were created in the image of God.
We believe that God created a biblical foundation for marriage between a husband and a wife. (For our beliefs and stance on marriage see document below)
We believe God’s design was to live together with His creation and for His creation to live in community with each other.
We believe sin entered into this world bringing death, and caused creation to become separated from the relationship that God intended.
We believe that because of man’s sin the world needed a Savior.
We believe that God had a plan to redeem and rescue His creation and that Jesus was the only way by which this would be accomplished.
We believe God’s son Jesus was born of a virgin and was the fulfillment of prophecy.
We believe that Jesus died, was buried, and then raised from the dead, defeating death, and bringing salvation for all who long to be restored, reconciled, and redeemed.
We believe that Salvation is received by grace, it is a gift from God, and can not be achieved by works alone.
We believe the Spirit of God dwells in the lives of those who accept Jesus and leads them to live a life different from the patterns of the world.
We believe that Baptism is a symbolic sign to others that we have chosen to follow Jesus, making our old way of living different from our new one.
We believe that God has chosen to use the Church as agents who reflect Him to the world.
We believe that God will one day return to judge the world and rid it of evil and injustice.
We believe that God will one day restore and renew creation according to the way He has designed it to be.
We believe in a day where God’s Kingdom will be with His people and creation will dwell with Him forever.
All of our beliefs are based on Scripture. The Bible tells the story of God, and that story is what we choose to believe in as followers of Christ.
Below you will find a few of the many passages the Bible gives us that display what we believe.
References: Genesis 1 / Genesis 2 / Genesis 3 / Deuteronomy 6 / Isaiah 60-61
Luke 1-2 / Mark 12-16 / Acts 1-2 / 1 Corinthians 15 / Revelation 20-21
Biblical view and beliefs on Marriage