We believe in the one true, holy, and living God; Eternal Spirit, who is Creator, Sovereign, and Preserver of all things visible and invisible. He is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love, and rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of humankind, to the glory of His name. We believe the one God reveals Himself as the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power.
We believe church is the one institution directly established by God for the spreading of the Gospel to every corner of the globe. From the beginning, the church is the place where diverse people can come together and be united under the banner of Christ. The mission of the church today is not significantly different than what its mission has been for the last 2,000 years. The church exists to make disciples of Jesus.
We believe the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, reveals the word of God so far as it is necessary for salvation, informing us as we make disciples and continue to discern God’s call. The Bible, our faith tradition, and the work of the Holy Spirit informs what our life together looks like as fearless, selfless followers of Jesus.
We believe that the grace of God, as expressed through the Hebrew covenants and the teaching of Jesus, invites humans into a new life of trust and obedience. God’s grace is expressed in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, mediated through the sacraments, and lived out in the life of the church. Through communion, baptism, scripture reading, prayer, works of piety, and works of mercy, humans experience God’s grace and are transformed to have a heart like Jesus.
We experience life change and spiritual growth when we begin following the ways of Jesus. As we do, we learn to trust that God’s grace is able to heal our brokenness (selfishness, greed, and all our attitudes and actions that hurt us and others and keep us from loving God). When God saves us, we become his children and part of the people of God. We are accepted just the way we are, but God does not leave us the way we are. Through God’s grace, we grow into people who live and love more like Jesus Christ. When we are saved, nothing - not even death - is able to separate us from God’s love. Just like Jesus is alive today, we will continue to live forever.