God and Man
We believe in one God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who is the almighty creator of heaven and earth. God has made man in His own image and has called him to manifest and reflect holiness through love and obedience to His commandments. Because man has woefully fallen in this responsibility and entered into a state of moral corruption, he has subsequently become estranged from his Creator and is in great need of the forgiveness of his sins.
Because of a profound love for His creation, God has initiated a plan of redemption which He has accomplished on behalf of His people in the realm of temporal history. The zenith of this redemption is located in the historical incarnation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. We confess Jesus to be the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy, being at the same time fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirt, and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus, through His substitutionary atoning death and bodily resurrection, has provided the meritorious basis of our justification, which, by God’s grace, we receive by faith alone. The Lord Jesus Christ has ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father. From there He governs and intercedes for His church, until He comes again to judge the living and the dead.
The Holy Spirit
Proceeding from the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of believers, effecting their regeneration and operating in their sanctification. The same Holy Spirit has been given to the people of God to empower them for the service of bearing witness to the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit brings His people together to form a corporate community of believers. We believe that Christ has established a visible church which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the regulation of the authority of Holy Scripture, exercising discipline, administering the sacraments, and preaching the Gospel of Christ.
We believe that the Bible, in its entirety, is divine revelation, and we submit to the authority of Holy Scripture, acknowledging it to be inerrantly inspired by God and carrying the full weight of His authority.
The Christian Life
We believe our faith should be visible in concrete forms and models of personal and social behavior. We seek to be faithful disciples of Christ, loving God overall and each other as ourselves, enduring in love and obedience until He comes again to consummate His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting for those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, and everlasting condemnation to those who don’t believe.