God the Father
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus was completely God and completely man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins as foretold in the Bible hundreds of years before it actually happened. We believe Jesus miraculously rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and now acts as the only mediator between God and people.
We believe the Holy Spirit is active among us today, bringing conviction when a person has done wrong and creating the desire for forgiveness in Jesus Christ. He regenerates our hearts and lives within them. His ongoing work is to guide, instruct and empower the believer to Godly living.
We believe that people were created in the image of God for a loving relationship with God. However, people have rebelled against God, actively or passively choosing to go their own independent way. Therefore, we're alienated from God and suffer the corruption of our nature because of our sin.
We believe that Jesus willingly took our sinfulness upon Himself and died the death we deserved. He died in our place taking our punishment upon himself so that we might have our relationship with God restored. We are only saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) have been given to humanity. We believe that the Bible originated with God. He inspired the writers to record what He gave to them. The Bible is our guide to knowing God in a deep and intimate way and also serves as our guide for life.
We believe that the church is the body of believers. The church is made of flesh and blood, and not concrete and steel. The church is made up of those that have been connected to Jesus Christ, and depend on his life, death, and resurrection as their only means to be reconnected to the one true living God. The church is then called to go out into the world connecting those far from God through the reflection of their transformed lives. The church is a community of people who have been created in Christ to love the one true living God and to love their neighbor as themselves.
We believe baptism is God’s promise to do something for you.
To explain how, we should start by explaining that the word baptize simply means to wash. Like, to wash the dishes or to wash your hands. So there’s nothing magical about the word; it’s just an ordinary word. There’s also nothing magical about the water; it’s just ordinary water.
But the promises and commands Jesus attaches to baptism are anything but ordinary.
Jesus promised that baptism is being “reborn of the spirit” (Jn. 3:4-6), an entrance into your new life. Jesus also described it as a mark of His followers with the promise that, “whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk. 16:16).
Early Christians talked about baptism with a lot of different images. They talked about baptism as a promise of entrance into the Church (1 Cor. 12:3) or the promise of entrance into the family of God (Gal. 3:26-27). They saw your baptism as a promise to be buried with Jesus into His death so you could rise with Jesus in His life (Rom 6:4). Another early church leader declared baptism now saves you, with the promise of a clean conscience before God (1 Pet. 3:20-22).
These promises are why we think baptism isn’t so much what we do for God, but something that God does for us. In fact, on the day the Church started, 3,000 new followers of Jesus were baptized immediately because “the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off” (Acts 2:38-40).
With such great promises attached to baptism, it makes sense that Jesus would urge His Church to, “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt. 28:19). So we talk about baptism a lot because we take Jesus’ baptism promises and Jesus’ baptism commands to heart.
If you have yet to be baptized, or if you have more questions about baptism, please contact us.
Communion is a simple meal of bread and wine, full of depth and meaning for you!
For centuries the people of Israel celebrated the Passover meal (Exodus 12) to both remember God's deliverance from Egypt and to also look forward for God's promised Christ, or Messiah. Just before his death and resurrection, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his closest followers and instituted a new celebration when he "took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.'” (1 Cor. 11:23-24) Next, he took a cup of wine from the Passover table and, "when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'" (Matthew 26:27-28)
His body is broken for you. His blood is shed for you. Which means communion is for you.
If you look around right now you'll see some lights are on. Those lights are bulbs shining from little wires somewhere, that are connected with an electrical cord to a circuit breaker somewhere, that's connected to a transformer outside somewhere, that's connected to a power plant somewhere. Unless your an electrician, you don't understand how all that works–but you don't have to understand how all of it works in order to enjoy the benefits of the light right now. For us, that's how we like to think of communion
In communion, we believe God is doing something for you and your soul, promising forgiveness of sins and giving you what he says he's giving you–his body and blood. Your role isn't to understand how he's doing it, your role is to simply celebrate and receive it in faith.