What we believe About God
God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good. He knows all things and has all power and majesty. God exists as Trinity – in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God passionately desires an individual 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 who was born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, preaching and performing miracles but was crucified for the sins of us all. He was buried but 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 is sent from God to live inside all who believe in Jesus Christ. The Spirit teaches, comforts and empowers us, giving each of us different gifts to use for God’s glory, fostering unity, Christ-like character and love among Christians and for other people.
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. 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 and guide in all we say and do. We believe the Bible addresses real life today and that God’s unchangeable message can and should be presented in fresh, relevant and timely ways. We seek to read and respond to its message with a disciplined imagination, openness 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
All people are created with dignity and value in the image of God, to live in a close and personal relationship with God. However, through our sin (failing to live by God’s moral standards), we break our intended relationship with God. Because of this we 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. He did this 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, eternal life with God and are spiritually reborn through believing in Jesus Christ. Good works and a holy life are the natural product of repentant, believing people but alone are totally unable to save anyone without our acceptance of God’s grace.
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