The teaching and preaching by our pastors and elders aims to treat the biblical text seriously, staying faithful to the gospel of Christ, centered on the cross of Christ, empowered by the resurrection of Christ, and rooted in the authority of scripture over every aspect of our faith and lives.
We think what we believe matters. As Christians, our beliefs are not meant to be abstract ideas about which to argue with our neighbors. What we believe makes a difference in how we think about God and ourselves, and in how we live.
For example, we believe in the historical incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We believe that he was fully God from before the beginning of time, and yet, when he came to earth, was fully human just like the rest of us. The infinite gulf between God and man was, remarkably, something bridged by God himself. Why does this matter? Because it means that instead of being alienated from God, regarding him as distant and eternally hostile towards us, God has condescended to come to us on our level. In the person of his son, Jesus, he ate with us, drank with us, suffered with us, and died for us. The everyday drama of our physical, mortal lives is not something remote from God’s experience, but something he himself endured.
We believe in the gospel of Christ: that through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross our sins can be taken away. On the basis of God’s grace, not on the basis of anything a human could do or say, everyone who receives Jesus stands in a new relation with God: justified from sin, adopted as a son or a daughter, an heir of heaven. Why does this matter? Because the gospel of Christ doesn’t stop there. Jesus also offers us newness of life in the present: a form of life marked by a self-emptying love for God and each other, rather than by the self-grasping greed of our lifeless world.
We believe in the Trinity: that there is one God in three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, members of one another, bound together by a supernatural and self-emptying love. Why does this matter? Because the local church, itself a family, is meant to reflect the triune heavenly Family, imaging supernatural and self-emptying love to the ends of the earth. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we replicate this love in our relationships within the local church. Our lives are not meant ultimately for ourselves, but for others!
As you read through our Statement of Faith, reflect on what you believe and why it matters. Faith isn’t about believing the right things in order to get into heaven. It is about entrusting our lives to God, and seeking, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to reproduce the supernatural love of Christ within us.
“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
–Colossians 1:19-20 ESV