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What We Believe

Who we are

We are a community of Jesus-followers who seek to know God and make Him known through our lives: in love, service, worship, and teaching.

We welcome diversity and believe that God calls us to reconcile in the name of Jesus.

We’re not perfect, and we don’t expect you to be either! We invite you to join us as we strive every day to be more like Jesus.

 

 

God

We believe in one God who created all that exists from nothing, who exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in accordance with the ecumenical creeds of the Christian Church. The Father is Creator and Sustainer. The Son is the Word of God by which the world was made and is Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit is the agent of change in God’s world and comes into the life of every person who confesses Jesus is Lord in order to give us spiritual life and to make us like Jesus.

We believe God is immortal and unknowable apart from His own self-revelation. Yet we also believe God is personal and desires to enter into relationship will all people. We believe God should be the focus of every human life and that when He is, it leads to health and human flourishing.

 

People

We believe that all people are made in the image of God and have intrinsic value and dignity regardless of race, culture, and lifestyle. However, we are all born with a broken connection to our Creator. Therefore we all struggle with sin and aimlessness in life.

No one can restore that broken connection alone, but God offers us reconnection through His Son Jesus. Out of love, God calls all people into a relationship with Him and each other through Jesus. Through this love, God reconciles and creates a diverse family covenanted together in the love of Jesus Christ.

We encourage everyone to seek God exactly as they are right now, with no pre-conditions. God loves each of us as we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way!

 

Jesus

We confess that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God and the Word of God made flesh, that he was with God before all things began as the Word of God, through whom God created the world. (John 1:1-5; Col 1:15-16)

He lived in perfect obedience to God, willingly suffered death on the cross for us, and that God raised him from the dead in vindication. Thereafter he ascended into Heaven and was established as Lord over all the earth. We believe Jesus will return again to bring justice to the earth and to usher in the Kingdom of God in full.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the sole head of the Church. We are only His servants, offering back the gifts he has given us.

 

 

The Church

We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ on earth, filled with the Holy Spirit and charged with the proclamation of the good news about Jesus.

We believe that the Church, when she walks in step with her Lord, is the earthly outpost of the Kingdom of God, and exists to extend God’s love, mercy, and healing to the world.

The Church’s Mission
We seek to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) by sharing the good news of God’s love in Jesus, sharing our resources, and sharing our Heavenly Father’s concern for the oppressed, marginalized, hungry, broken, and abused.  

The Church and churches
We believe that all churches (little “c”) confessing Jesus as Lord are part of the one Church (big “C”) universal. Therefore we believe in and strive to promote unity in our relationships with other Christian Communions.

 

The Bible

We hold the Bible to be the Word of God, the ultimate rule of Christian faith and practice, mysterious in nature and requiring effort and study to discern its meaning for today. When understood and interpreted correctly, it establishes life-giving ways that lead to human flourishing.

 

 

 

Confessions of Faith

We accept the Heidelberg Catechism as a reliable and authoritative interpretation of essential truths taught in the Bible.

We hold the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed to be true confessions of faith.

We consider our beliefs to be testimonies rather than tests: they reveal what we as a community hold to be true and trustworthy. They do not serve us by locking people out. We invite all people to come, see, and learn for themselves.

 

Statement of Faith of the United Church of Christ (1959)

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father, and to his deeds we testify:
 He calls the worlds into being, creates man in his own image and sets before him the ways of life and death.
 He seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
 He judges men and nations by his righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
 In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, he has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to himself.
 He bestows upon us his Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
 He calls us into his church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be his servants in the service of men, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
 He promises to all who trust him forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, his presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in his kingdom which has no end.
 Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto him.
 Amen.