God: We believe and hold fast to the historic faith of God three in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that all three persons of the godhead are of one substance and co-equal in power and eternity. We believe that God the Son, being of one substance with the Father took on the form of a man through the womb of the virgin Mary so that in Christ the two nature have joined together. Jesus Christ is both very man and very God. We believe that Jesus Christ was arrested, crucified, died, buried and has risen again. It is only through faith in Christ and the work that he has accomplished on behalf of all humanity that one may be saved and come to have life and have it everlasting.
Humanity We believe that humanity is in a fallen state and therefore separated from God Almighty. This separation is due both to the sin that entered the world through the sins of Adam and Eve as well as the sins that are committed by our own volition. It is only through Christ, by the grace of God, that this separation may be bridged and we may be saved. All of humanity has been given free-will so that each and every person may chose whether or not they will come to place their faith in Christ, a choice assisted by the grace of God.
The Church We believe that the church is made up of all those who place their faith in Jesus Christ and it is this shared faith that makes all believers one. This is not to say, that there are no distinctions among those in the church, as a matter of fact there are a variety of gifts and works spread through all believers, but these distinctions are not meant to cause division, but rather to aid in the work of the church. The work that the church is called to is making the gospel known by being the hands and the feet of Jesus Christ as well as the love and care of one another. The church is the physical representation of Christ in the world and it is Christ that is the head over the church and all of the work that the church does must align with who Christ is, what he calls us to do, and who he calls us to be.
Scripture We believe that the Bible is the holy inspired word of God and contains all of the things that are necessary for salvation. We believe that the Bible was written by men who were led and inspired by the Holy Spirit and it is the same Spirit that guides and leads our reading of scripture in these days.
Sacraments We believe in two sacracments which are Communion and Baptism. It is in these two sacraments that we see a vivid sign of outward grace that speaks to an inward grace that is moving and working in our lives. It is through the sacrament of Communion that all, who earnestly repent, are called to the table of grace set by Christ himself. During Communion we join with all believers in remembering the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior and of the New Covenant that we are under. It is at this meal that our very souls are nourished by the grace of God and it is that same grace then leads us out into the word to tell others that, by grace, they too are called to the table.
The Sacrament of Baptism is a sign of regeneration or the new birth, the dying and being raised to new life in Jesus Christ and it also signifies entrance into the universal church. It is a time when a believer makes a public profession of their faith and acknowledgment of the grace of God at work within their lives. Parents who seek for their young children to be baptized take on the vows of baptism, to raise their child up in the ways of Christ, and upon that child completing confirmation they re-affirm their baptism by placing their faith in Jesus Christ.
We baptize by immersion, sprinkling, or pouring of water upon the head. We believe that it is not the amount of water that matters, but only that water must be used to signify God's grace present in that moment. We also do not re-baptize, the reason for this is because we believe that God's work, done in the moment that one is baptized, is sufficient. A baptism is not based on the merit of the minister, but the grace and goodness of God. We can rest assured that when we take our baptismal vows God holds faithful to the work he has done and is doing in our lives.