What We Believe

 

We stand squarely on the foundational beliefs
of Christianity as articulated in The Nicene Creed.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. AMEN.

Our Biblical Sister-Church (Ephesians)

In the collection of scriptures commonly known as The Bible, we find a practical and authoritative manual for living. Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church especially resonates with us and informs our development as a faith community.

Our Anchoring Principles

  1. We believe in the all-sufficient work of Jesus Christ for our redemption, regeneration, adoption, transformation, and provision.
  2. We believe in knowing God as “Abba Father” through the work of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the blessing of the Holy Spirit and the many gifts He brings to our lives.
  4. We believe in the glorious mercy and lavish grace we receive in Jesus Christ.
  5. We believe we can worship God by giving Him the simple gift of our everyday lives.
  6. We believe in the many expressions of personal and corporate prayer.
  7. We believe in a culture of forgiveness, acceptance, and blessing: in other words, a safe place to be together.
  8. We believe God’s powerful kindness can bridge the gaps that keep generations apart.
  9. We believe in actively welcoming the prodigals (rebels) and “older sons” (religious experts) who want to find their way home.
  10. We believe in sending and blessing those who are being called out.
  11. We believe in acts of generosity, instigated by love, and offered with gratitude that will further God’s kingdom.
  12. We believe in the whole Church of Jesus Christ and we want her to be prosperous, blessed, and united in love.