The Bible tells the true story of the whole world. We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God created the world out of nothing, the world has been corrupted by sin and rebellion, but God purposed from before all time to redeem the world through the Son.
God made man, male and female, after His own image. As such, all men and women in the world are of great dignity and worth. Yet, mankind, beginning with our first parents, have turned away from God in sin and rebellion. As such, the image of God is still present but marred, like a vandalized piece of priceless art.
The only redeemer and hope for mankind is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who took on flesh, and so is fully human and fully God. He became man, lived a perfectly sinless life, and bore the penalty of sin for his people, which was death. After three days he rose again and still lives and reigns today. Salvation comes by grace alone through Christ alone, through his substitutionary atoning death. As we turn from our sin and put our faith in him, the perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed to us.
The Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to follow Jesus, resting on him alone for salvation. Authentic faith in Jesus Christ will produce the fruit of increasing Christlikeness – loving God and others. All aspects of our lives are then lived in loving response to Christ’s work.
The church is the community of God’s people, gathered by him. We gather to worship God, love one another, learn from one another, serve, and live on mission. We believe that local churches are expressions of the universal church, the family of God around the world. Followers of Christ need the church for spiritual health and vitality, and the church needs the body of believers to fully live out her calling.