Our Mission rests firmly on the Gospel of Jesus Christ known through the Bible, and as expressed through the historic creeds and confessions of the Reformed Church.
- We believe in the Triune God-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge one God who eternally exists in these three persons. We believe that God created the universe. God is loving and compassionate, just and kind. His deepest desire is to live in an intimate relationship with all people.
- We believe that because of his desire to live in relationship with us, God became a human being. Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, born of a virgin, fully God and fully man. Through his sacrificial death and victorious resurrection Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Through him and him alone can people enter into a relationship with God.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus Christ among us. Through him God loves us, empowers us and lives in us. The Spirit gives gifts to all believers. We believe in all the biblical gifts of the Spirit and encourage people to discover and use their gifts properly for the benefit of his Kingdom.
- We believe that the Bible is the living Word of God. Through the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments God reveals himself to us. The entire Bible is God-breathed and God-inspired. The Scriptures are the norm and basis upon which we build our faith and live our lives.
- We believe in and practice the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. We believe that through baptism God expresses his grace as he welcomes us into the covenant family of faith. We believe that through the Lord’s Supper God comes to love us and forgive us. It is both a reminder of Christ’s atoning death and an experience of his spiritual presence.
- We believe that God values all human life (Psalm 139) and that a person’s entire life, which begins at conception, is sacred. Created in God’s image, humans have intrinsic dignity and their worth is dependent, not on accomplishments, but on God’s love; and therefore we believe that choosing life is always preferable in God’s eyes. Because God sees humanity as worth dying for, we affirm and acknowledge the dignity of all people.
- At the same time we acknowledge that humanity is separated from God because of sin. Sin exists as a break in the relationship with God that can only be mended by God’s action. We joyfully proclaim and receive the Good News that because of Jesus Christ forgiveness is possible. Salvation comes only by grace through faith in what God has done, not through good works or even good religion.
- We believe in and anticipate the return of Jesus Christ. Though we don’t know the day or hour, we proclaim his soon return to inspire all people to turn to him and to make the most of life today.
- We believe that empowered followers of Jesus Christ should continually seek to enhance their relationship with him by embracing these characteristics of a vital faith:
- Regular participation in worship and corporate prayer
- Daily devotion and personal prayer
- Personal growth through Bible study and group learning activities
- Obedience to Christ and the Scriptures in personal behavior
- Commitment to others in the Body of Christ through caring for one another
- Stewardship of God’s blessings, giving of our time and talents, and tithing of our treasures
- Sharing God’s love in mission and service to others outside the church
- We believe in sharing the love of Jesus Christ in relevant and creative ways with those not yet connected to Christ or the church. Because lost people matter to God we will make them the priority of our mission. We will continually seek to create an inviting climate of warmth and hospitality that welcomes all to come and hear about Jesus at their own pace.
- We believe that in and through us God will continue to advance His kingdom, perform wonders and miraculous signs, and fulfill the Great Commission as we live and minister in the spirit of the Great Commandment. Jesus teaches us to go and make disciples and commands us to love the Lord with all your heart…love your neighbor as you love yourselves.
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