TENETS OF FAITH
SECTION 1. ABOUT SCRIPTURE
We believe God inspired the writing and protected the transmissional process of the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, to equip humankind to honor and obey God in every area of life. As such, Scripture interpreted in context, will be our only source for what we believe, what we do, and how we act towards others.
SECTION 2. ABOUT GOD
We believe there is one true God who is active and present. We believe that through both the Bible and God’s creation we can catch a glimpse of and gain some insight to who holds all things together. We acknowledge that as finite beings we cannot fully comprehend the infinite creator and sustainer of the universe. We know that God is beyond human understanding and imagination and has revealed himself through his Word. We believe in the Trinity. The Bible makes it clear that there is one God and this one God is made up of three persons. God the father, the Son (Jesus), and the Spirit. Three distinct beings functioning as one. God is a dynamic being rather than a static being. We see God as the Trinity being in a divine dance.
God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present. He is unconditionally loving, relentlessly merciful, and absolutely just. He has revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
SECTION 3. ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
We believe Jesus Christ was fully human and fully God. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died a substitutionary death on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, and is at the right hand of God interceding for his people. It is through Jesus that it is possible for us to come back into union and the proper relationship with God. Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice for us, He came to cover our disruption, to cover our sin so that we may reclaim God’s intended reality for our lives with God.
SECTION 4. ABOUT HUMANITY
We believe that humankind is created in the image of God and such are vastly different than all the rest of creation. As such, we were designed to be representatives for God on the earth. However, we believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We believe that unconditional love, unlimited forgiveness, and undying hope are found in Jesus Christ – the one and only mediator between God and man. The mission of Jesus was to invite Israel and all of humanity back to God. We are from the earth and for the earth.
SECTION 5. ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Spirit of God indwells every believer. The fruit of the Spirit is the by-product of a spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. The gifts of the Spirit should be earnestly sought and used to serve others, edify the church, and glorify God. We believe every Christian, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will be an effective witness for God throughout the world.