We believe the Bible is the Word of God and that it is the final authority for faith and practice. In other words, what we believe is based on the Bible and the Bible instructs us in how to live as God's people.
We believe in God, the Father. Earthly fathers are not perfect, but God is our perfect, heavenly Father. He created all things. He reigns over and watches over all things. God is both loving and just, and we find the clearest demonstration of both his love and justice in the life, death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, whom he sent into the world.
We believe in Jesus Christ. He is God's Son and He is the Savior. He saves of all those who have faith in Him from the eternal death we deserve because we have sinned. Sin is missing the mark of perfectly obeying God's law. God showed how much he loved us when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. But the cross also shows that God is just. Jesus died because our sins had to be punished. God's justice demands that. But here again the love and mercy of God are clearly seen, for Jesus died in our place as sinful human beings. He took the punishment for sins that we deserved. After three days in the tomb, God raised Jesus from the dead. By his death and resurrection Jesus won victory over sin and death for all who believe in him and receive him as their Savior from sin.
We believe in the Trinity. God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are three distinct persons and yet one God. This is hard for us to understand and grasp, but we believe this because this is the way that the Bible reveals God to us. He is one God, but in this one God there are three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the importance of participating in the church. The local church is a place where God's people gather to worship him, to pray, to share their joys and sorrows, to grow in their faith and to work together to share with the community and world around us the good news of God's forgiving love for us in Jesus Christ. The church is not perfect, because we as people are not perfect. But God works through his church to share his message of love and hope with the world.
We believe in evangelism. Sharing the Good News of God's love with others is not an option, but a command of God. We share this Good News by what we say and what we do.
We believe in discipleship. All Christians are called to grow in their relationship with God and to mature in their faith through learning God's Word, fellowshipping with other Christians, serving others and sharing our faith.
We believe in worship. The purpose for which God saved us is so we can glorify Him, and enjoy Him forever.
We believe The Apostle's Creed, The Nicene Creed and that Athanasian Creed are faithful summaries of what the Bible teaches and what we believe. We also believe that the three Reformed Standards assist us in understanding our God and ourselves. These are the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort. The Belhar Confession challenges us to pursue racial reconciliation.
We believe that God's people are called to holiness in all aspects of life. This includes honoring the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman as the only relationship within which sexual activity is appropriate. We also affirm that God's gracious forgiveness is available for those who have not lived up to God's call in the area.
We believe that life is God's gift, that life begins at conception and that ending a life through the process of abortion or euthanasia does not honor God's gift of life. Again, we affirm that God's gracious forgiveness is available for those who have not lived up to God's call in these areas.