What we believe
God, the Father, exists and expresses himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are the Trinity.
Jesus, the Son, is co-equal with the Father and took human nature by being born of the virgin Mary. Therefore, he is both human and divine. Jesus lived sinlessly, was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, and three days later was raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven, where he now reigns until he returns to judge everyone on the last day.
The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity and works in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under his daily control.
The Bible contains all teachings necessary for salvation. Human authors wrote it under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and it is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
People are made in the image of God to be like him in character. We are the pinnacle of God’s creation and the focus of his love. Sin has marred all people, but through Christ can be made new. And as God’s new creation, we are to be his ambassadors in the world to point others to his grace, mercy, and love.
God offers salvation to all people. It’s his free gift to anyone who will accept it. We can never be good enough to deserve it, but we can receive it by turning from our self-ruled lives and trusting in Jesus as our only source of eternal life.
God has granted people the gift of free will, allowing us to choose between good and evil. We have the freedom to follow Jesus or not. We’re also free to abandon our trust in him, but by his grace, he will always welcome back a repentant sinner.
Jesus will one day return from heaven to ultimately defeat evil. He will resurrect the dead and judge all people. He will fully establish his kingdom and reward those who have chosen to trust him for salvation.
God created people to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally united with God through salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally united with him in heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
What we do
When you join us for a Sunday morning worship service, you may notice a couple of things we do that are characteristic of our faith tradition. These are symbols that remind us of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
On the first Sunday of each month, we share in communion. This is a time when we serve bread and wine (grape juice) to those in attendance by having people come forward to receive each element. The bread and grape juice serve as reminders that Jesus sacrificed his body and spilled his blood on the cross for us. Every person present is welcome to participate regardless of age or church membership.
You will occasionally witness the baptism of an infant, child, or adult. This may occur by water being sprinkled on their heads or by them being immersed in water. Baptism is a beautiful ceremony symbolizing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It doesn’t save us, but it does mark us as followers of Jesus.