What We Believe

God and the Human Race

We hold that the Lord our God is One: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that He fulfills His sovereign purposes –  in creation, revelation, redemption, judgment, and the coming of His Kingdom – by calling out from the world a people united to Himself and to each other in love.

We acknowledge that though God made us in His very own likeness and image, conferring on us dignity and worth and enabling us to respond to Himself, we are now members of a fallen race: we have sinned and come short of His glory.

We believe that the Father has shown us His holy love in giving Jesus Christ, His only Son, for us, while through our sinfulness and guilt, we were subject to His wrath and condemnation; and has shown His grace by putting sinners right with Himself when they place their trust in His Son.

We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and God; as truly human, born of the virgin Mary; as Servant, sinless, and full of grace and truth; as only Mediator and Savior, dying on the cross in our place, representing us to God, redeeming us from the grip, guilt, and punishment for our sin; as Victor over Satan and all his forces, rising from death with a glorious body, being taken up to be with His Father, one day returning personally in glory and judgment to establish His kingdom.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and Who makes the death of Christ effective to sinners, declaring that they must now turn to Christ in repentance, and directing their trust towards the Lord Jesus Christ, Who through the new birth makes us partake in the life of the risen Christ, and Who is present with all believers, illuminating their need to grasp the truth of the Scripture, producing in them His fruit, granting to them His gifts, and empowering them for service in the world.

The Scriptures

We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are God-breathed, since their writers spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit; hence, are fully trustworthy in all that they affirm; and our highest authority for faith and life.

The Church and its Mission

We recognize the Church as the body of Christ, held together and growing up with Him; both as a total fellowship throughout the world, and at the local congregation in which believers gather.  We acknowledge the commission of Christ to proclaim the Good News to all people, making them disciples, and teaching them to obey Him; and we acknowledge the command of Christ to love our neighbors, resulting in service to society, seeking reconciliation for all with God and their fellows, in proclaiming liberty from every kind of oppression; and in spreading Christ’s justice to an unjust world.

Working Principles

We seek to exercise the ministries God has giving us in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ and in reliance on the Holy Spirit.  We therefore aim to follow Biblical principles in all that we do and to emphasize the vital importance of prayer.