Statement of Faith
God exists eternally in three persons as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet is one God. God speaks to us through the Bible, and we recognize it as the ultimate authority in our lives.
Jesus is the eternal Word of God and the only Savior of mankind, fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born to a virgin named Mary, lived a sinless life, died for our sins and rose in victory from the grave. He ascended to heaven, where he is now seated at the right hand of the Father and will one day come again.
The Holy Spirit unites the church, dwells within believers, and empowers them to accomplish His will. The Holy Spirit gives believers supernatural gifts to build up His church and for works of ministry in the world. The gifts of the Holy Spirit described in Scripture are still available and vital today, and all believers should actively seek to be filled with God’s Spirit and to exercise these gifts.
All people are born sinners, and our salvation is by grace alone, through repentance and faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. This is the only means by which God removes the guilt and penalty of sin, bringing eternal life to those who believe.
Those who receive Jesus as Lord are joined together into a family of believers, the Church, where we share life and experience God together. The Church is God’s agent for global transformation, a community that demonstrates heaven’s society on earth. We believe the church is to receive on-going equipping through the biblical offices of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher.
Baptism is for all who profess faith in Jesus, and is done by immersion in water as an act of obedience and public confession of the lordship of Jesus. Communion, the Lord’s Supper, is to be shared only by believers and is a celebration of our covenant with God and one another.