Core Beliefs

Core belief(s):

Because we come from various Christian faith traditions and diverse backgrounds, we as a community of believers focus on and gather around the essentials of Holy Scripture. In these essentials we find unity, in the non-essentials we express liberty, and in all things as a community, we express love.


The Essentials:

THE BIBLE:
We believe that the Bible is God's holy and inspired word. It is our guidebook for life as we seek to follow his plan for this world and his creation. We believe that the Bible tells the story of God in and through the people of Israel. We also believe that his story has found its fulfillment in and through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. 

GOD:
We believe that God exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet is one in nature and never in conflict. He is infinite and beyond our understanding. He is Creator, redeemer, eternal, ever present and all powerful. His character is beyond understanding. In and through him, we and his creation are made whole. Everything he does is for our good.

JESUS:
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth was virgin born, he led a sinless life, was crucified, buried and resurrected from the dead, as the Gospel declares. We believe that he, completing the story of the people of Israel as Messiah, is now vindicated and seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf as our redeemer, Lord, and King.

HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is our helper, given to every believer who asks so that we have guidance, comfort, conviction of our sin, and adoption as children of God. He is our inheritance as the children of God so that we live an empowered fruit bearing life. He, operating in and through us, allows us to be the people of God ministering in a hurting and broken world.

SALVATION:
Being created as Image bearers, we are to live in community as the people of God. This is established in and through the work of Jesus of Nazareth, in whom the fullness of Israel is seen and the saving power of God was manifest.

The Father sent Jesus to redeem us through the act of atonement, completed in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Our story and salvation is found only in and through Jesus of Nazareth whom the scriptures declare to be Messiah and King.


CHURCH:
The church is the community of the people of God. It is the body of Jesus over which he is head and is his representative in the world. The church is not a building or a temple, but a people, filled with the Spirit of God and fulfilling the continuing mission of its king, Jesus.

The Church seeks to create community which glorifies God, lifts up the name of Jesus, makes disciples and makes the name of Jesus known among the nations. In the announcing of the fulfillment of God's redemption of creation in and through Jesus, the church gathers around and celebrates this in and through Holy Communion and Baptism. Thus identifying with the redeeming work of Jesus in his death and resurrection, which declares our freedom from sin.

As a church we seek to be continually on task of being missional for Jesus. There is always a new way to do church and engage the culture. Therefore, we as a church seek to be flexible and obedient to the call of Jesus as we seek to share his story in our community.

OUR FUTURE:
The Holy Scriptures declare that at the end of all things Jesus will reign as King and Lord not only in Heaven but here on Earth. God has fixed that day when all humankind will be judged for things done while in this life. Those found to be in Jesus will be saved to life everlasting as partakers of the Kingdom to come in the New Heavens and New Earth. Those who have not, will be eternally separated from God.