Statement of Faith

I. We Believe in the Historic Christian Faith as Reflected in These Statements:

About God
God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good, knowing all things, having all power and majesty. God exists as Trinity – in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God passionately desires relationship with us, and toward this end he continually invites us into a relationship of faith, friendship, learning, and service.

Genesis 1:1                                         Matthew 28:19
John 14:6-9, 15-17                         2 Corinthians 13:14
John 16:7-15                                     1 John 4:9-10

About Jesus Christ
God expressed himself in human form through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of us all, was buried, rose again from the dead, and ascended to heaven.

Colossians 1:13-23                            John 14:1-3
Colossians 2:8-14                               Hebrews 1:1-3
1 Corinthians 15:3-8                          Acts 10:42-43
Matthew 22:36-40                            1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, sent from God to live inside all who believe in Jesus Christ, teaches, comforts, and empowers us, giving us diverse gifts, fostering unity, interdependence, productivity, Christ-like character, and love among Christians.

Romans 5:5                                        Ephesians 4:3-4
Romans 8                                            Ephesians 5:18
1 Corinthians 12-14                         John 14:26
Galatians 5:16-25                             John 16:7-14
Ephesians 3:16

About the Bible
God speaks to us in the Bible, and it is our privilege to seek to understand God’s message and apply it responsibly and faithfully to our lives. The Bible is our standard in all we say and do. We believe the Bible addresses real life, and that God’s unchangeable message ought to be presented in fresh, relevant, and timely ways. We seek to read and respond to its message with a disciplined imagination, opennes, and humility. We do not reduce the Bible into a modern manual or answer-book, but respect it as a trustworthy witness to God’s character and God’s purposes through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 19:7-11                                2 Timothy 2:15
Psalm 119:9-16                              2 Timothy 3:14-17
Joshua 1:7-8                                   Hebrews 4:12
Matthew 5:17-19                           2 Peter 1:16-21
Acts 17:11                                        2 Peter 3:14-18

About Salvation
All people are created with dignity and value in the image of God, to live in a vital relationship with God. However, through our sin (failing to live by God’s moral standards), we break our intended relationship with God and experience the destructive consequences of that broken relationship, spiritually and socially, in this life and beyond. However, God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from those consequences and to restore our broken relationship with God and others, through Christ’s death on the cross, which is a perfect act of redemption for each of us. Salvation comes to people on the basis of God’s grace through faith in Jesus alone. They receive the free gift of forgiveness and are spiritually reborn through believing in Jesus Christ. Good works and a holy life, although totally unable to save anyone, are the natural product of repentant, believing people.

1 Peter 2:24                                      John 3:16
1 Peter 3:18                                      John 5:24
Romans 3:9-28                               Ephesians 2:1-10
Romans 6:23                                    Titus 3:3-8
Romans 10:9-10                             James 2:14-26

II. We Believe in Teamwork

We work in lay-led teams, which are in turn governed by a board called the Leadership Team. We seek to exercise and respond to leadership in a biblical manner, and to work in partnership with one another.

Matthew 23:8-11                             1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Matthew 18:15-17                           1 Timothy 5:1,17-23
Luke 22:24-27                                  Hebrews 13:7,17
1 Corinthians 16:15-16

III. We Believe in Responsible Financial Stewardship

We encourage people to handle their finances discreetly, honorably, and responsibly, and to practice regular and generous giving.

Malachi 3:10-11                                 2 Corinthians 9:5-12
Matthew 6:19-21,24,33                  Galatians 6:6
1 Corinthians 9:7-14                        1 Timothy 5:17-18
1 Corinthians 16:1-2                         3 John 5-8

IV. We Believe in Community

We regularly express our strong value of community by seeking to reach out and connect with a diversity of people. We want to be personal and caring in a world that is increasingly fragmented and impersonal. We are not afraid to be vulnerable, human, and honest with each other. We believe our sprituality fulfills rather than denies our humanity, and we believe this approach strengthens our community of faith.

John 15:12                                       Galatians 6:1-5,10
Acts 2:42-47                                   Colossians 4:5-6
Romans 12:3-18                             2 Timothy 4:1-5

Keep in mind that the purpose of this list is to provide a simple statement of core, essential beliefs. We trust you find this statement of faith clear yet understand that it is not exhaustive or comprehensive.

In essentials – unity;

in nonessetials – liberty;

in all things – charity.