our beliefs

We believe there is only one true God, the God of the Old and New Testaments, who exists in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe God the Father is creator of, and cares for, all of creation (Genesis 1-2, Psalm 108:7-9, Isaiah 40, etc). He is all powerful, all-knowing, all-present (1 Kings 8:27, Psalm 11:4-6, Psalm 19:1-6, Psalm 24, Psalm 33:6-19, Psalm 114, Psalm 139:3, Isaiah 40, Jeremiah 49:2, Amos 4:13 Psalm 139:3, etc). He is slow to anger and overflowing in love (Exodus 34:6, Numbers 14:18, Psalm 86:15, etc), yet he is also a God who will set right the pains and ills of his creation (Psalm 98:8-9, Isaiah 66:15-16, Romans 1:18-22, Revelation 17-18, etc).

We believe God the Son – Jesus – is sent as the only means of rescue for all of creation (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 9, Isaiah 49-53, Micah 5, John 3:16, John 11, Romans 5-8, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, etc). Jesus was born to a virgin (Matthew 1, Luke 1-2, etc), never rebelled against God the Father (Romans 5, Hebrews 4, etc), and yet in an act of selfless, rescuing love, became obedient to death, even death on a cross for the rebellion of humanity against God the Father (Philippians 2:1-11, etc). After three days in the tomb, Jesus rose again – he was resurrected (Matthew 27-28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, 1 Corinthians 15, etc) – and now sits at the right hand of God the Father (Acts 1). One day Jesus will return to judge the lives and hearts of every human being, while bringing into being a new creation ñ what Scripture calls a new heaven and a new earth – where those who have chosen, loved, and obeyed him will live (Matthew 24-25, Revelation 17-22, etc).

We believe God the Spirit – what Scripture calls the Holy Spirit – lives within those who believe in the person and the rescuing work of God the Son, Jesus, and have surrendered their lives to him (Joel 2, Acts 2, Romans 8). In ongoing fashion, the Spirit provides much-needed conviction, direction, and giftedness to fuel, encourage, embolden, and equip the church’s mission (John 14, John 16, Romans 8, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, etc).

We believe that human beings were created in the image of God to experience a loving relationship with God for eternity (Genesis 1-2). However, a single act of rebellion by the first man and woman in creation has given birth to ongoing rebellion by us all, fracturing that desired relationship (Genesis 3, Romans 5). This rebellion has given birth to a need for rescue from God the Father to set right the fractured relationship ñ to bring about a reunion between God and mankind and creation as a whole (Romans 3:23, Romans 8).

We believe that in order to experience the rescue of God and subsequent reunion with God, we must first believe ñ we must have and show faith ñ that true rescue in this life and the life to come is only accomplished by God the Father through God the Son, Jesus, and not by any act or merit of mankind or creation. In doing so, we must reject and turn from ñ repent of ñ anyone or anything that holds only empty promises of rescue and reunion. We believe that the biblical pattern for expressing and sealing one’s faith and repentance is to confess before others that the only true rescue from God and reunion with God is accomplished by God the Father through God the Son, Jesus, and to then take part in baptism by full immersion, which re-enacts the rescue offered us in the death, burial, and resurrection of God the Son, Jesus. (Acts 2:38 and other key passages in the first half of Acts).

We know and believe the things spoken of above because we hold in our hands the Bible, which is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) – a written word that came about not by any human beings own interpretation or by the will of any one man or woman, but was spoken from God as [the writers of Scripture] were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21).