We often develop an impression of a church based on standards of excellent music, persuasive and powerful preaching, pretty and friendly faces, and first-class facilities. But the core beliefs of a church, which are not as easily seen, have a lot to say about the vitality of the congregation.
Our core beliefs are not primarily what we believe about God. If that were the case, we’d have lots of crazy and competing ideas about who He is and what He has done! Instead, our core beliefs rest on what God has revealed to us through the Bible about who He is and how He is restoring/renovating His people and His world.
And so, we believe that—
- The Bible IS God’s Word and is therefore the primary source of authority in our church.
- This one true God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Every human being has been created in the image of God to reflect his glory, but that all are separated from God because of our sin. That separation is physical and spiritual; it has relevance now and in eternity.
- God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ who lived a sinless life and yet died as a substitute sacrifice for the sins of His believing people. He was then physically raised from the dead on the third day and he will return at the end of history to judge the living and the dead.
- Salvation is received by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Such faith in Jesus’ substitute death brings forgiveness and freedom for the individual believer; it brings access to God’s perfect promises; and it restores the Creator-Creature relationship that was always intended. We affirm ancient historical statements of faith such as the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. We also affirm the Westminster Confession of Faith as a beautiful expression of the central teachings of the Bible.