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WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in and worship one true, living and loving God, who exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who created and is sovereign over all things.
(2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 4:11)
We believe Jesus Christ is both fully divine and fully human, and now is head of the Church and Lord over all creation. We believe Jesus' words and deeds show us the way of life. Jesus' love for us is manifest in his death on the cross by which he willingly paid the penalty for our sin so that we may receive forgiveness and be reconciled to God. We believe in Jesus' bodily resurrection to eternal life to all who call him Lord.
We believe that Jesus will come again to establish a new heaven and new earth and to reign for all eternity.
(Colossians 1:15-19; John 3:16-17;
1 John 4:10)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is God with us. The Spirit is our advocate and our teacher. Through the Holy Spirit we are connected to God and to one another. Through the Holy Spirit we are gifted and empowered for ministry. Through the Holy Spirit we are being transformed into people who more clearly reflect the love and purpose of Jesus.
(John 14:26; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:7;
2 Corinthians 3:18)
We believe the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired, infallible Word of God and as such have ultimate authority in all areas of faith and life.
(1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16)
We believe salvation is a gift of God's grace alone through faith in Jesus. Through the unmerited grace of Jesus we experience forgiveness from our sins and the joy of relationship with God as God's much loved children.
(Ephesians 1: 4-7; Ephesians 2: 8-9)
We believe human beings were created in God's own image in true righteousness and holiness, but in our sinful rebellion against God we have all turned our backs to God and in doing so have separated ourselves from God's abundant and eternal life.
(Genesis 1:27-31; Romans 3:23;
We believe the Church is the gift of the Holy Spirit creating a new covenant fellowship made up of all who have put their faith and trust in Jesus. The Church is a worshiping and missional community as it witnesses in both word and deed to the manifold wisdom of God, shines light into the darkness, and is a foretaste of the Kingdom of God in the world.
(1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 3:10; Matthew 5:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5)
We believe all followers of Jesus are called to be his disciples. Discipleship involves active commitment to grow in our understanding and application of the Word of God as we seek to live obedient lives of Gospel witness and service using the various gifts given to all believers by the Holy Spirit.
(Mark 1:16-17; Matthew 28: 18-20; 1 Peter 1:3-16)
We believe God has given us the responsibility of caring for God's creation. All people, all created beings, all things are God's concern and ours. As Jesus' disciples we are called to give our time, spiritual gifts and financial resources in order to extend the witness and influence of the Gospel in the world.
(Genesis 2:15; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9;
We believe the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper are gifts of Jesus given to the Church as signs of God's grace and real presence within the community of faith. The waters of Baptism proclaim the heart of the Gospel, the forgiveness of sin and the new life graciously given to us in Jesus Christ. Baptism celebrates God's covenant promise: "I will be your God and you will be my people." In the Bread and the Cup we remember Jesus' sacrifice for us on the cross and celebrate the oneness we share with our Risen Lord, and through him, our oneness with one another.
(Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 8:10;
1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
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