Statement of Faith

We believe in One, Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We Believe in God the Father -

          eternal, sovereign, and unchanging;

          the Creator of the heavens, the earth, and everything that has life within it.

     All-sufficient, all-powerful, all-knowing, always present,

          and yet God is holy, loving, merciful, and just. 

We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ -

          fully divine - one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit from the beginning of time;

          fully human - conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, he humbled himself and became one with humanity,           

               yet remained sinless in every way.

     He is Preacher, Teacher, Healer, Counselor, Comforter, Prophet, Priest, and King.

     He is the long-expected Messiah, coming in the fullness of time to perfectly fulfill God's overarching plan of redemption. 

     Betrayed and abandoned, scorned and beaten, condemned and crucified by his own, 

          he died with the weight of the sins of the world upon him. 

     He was buried, and three days later was resurrected to new life, 

          to ascend into heaven to intercede and judge at the right hand of the Almighty God.

     We wait expectantly for Christ's return. 

We believe in God the Holy Spirit - 

          the Giver of Life in Christ and the One who continually renews that life with love, peace, joy, and truth;

          and the Guide to the Church, helping it to faithfully serve the ministry and mission of Christ.

     The Holy Spirit is the unique and authoritative witness to the Word of God - Jesus Christ.

     The Spirit inspired the prophets and apostles to reveal Christ and his redeeming narrative in word,

          and enlightens believers throughout the ages through faithful, ecumenical interpretation of the Word. 

We believe that it is the purpose of humanity to eternally glorify, worship, and serve God; 

          yet as descendants of the fallen Adam and Eve, we too are sinful. 

     Unable to redeem ourselves, we are separated from God and in need of reconciliation to God;

          and though created equal by the Father, we are unable to sustain love, kindness, and goodness toward our fellow humankind,                          and are in need of reconciliation to our neighbor. 

     As we respond in faith to the grace given through Christ;

          we are called to repentance, forgiven of sin, reconciled to God, and are made into a new creation.

     This new life in Christ is represented in our baptism,

          and is continually remembered in our participation in the Lord's Supper. 

     As children of God, we also come together often to build up one another through common worship, study, fellowship, and service. 

     We wait in assured hope of our future resurrection where we will be joined together with Christ for eternity; 

          in the glory and presence of the Lord our God forever and ever.