Summary of Basic Beliefs
We do not view our Summary of Basic Beliefs as a creed or a statement to which people are forced to subscribe, but rather it is a basic summary of beliefs held by this church. These beliefs and practices emerge from the Bible, which is our standard for faith.
- in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-eternal, co-existent, co-equal and co-operative, as affirmed in Scripture and as summarized in the ancient Christian confessions of faith, such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.
- that the Bible is inspired by God and is the standard against which all Christian belief and behavior is measured.
- that human beings are incapable of saving themselves and stand in need of God’s gracious love. Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully human, was born of a virgin, lived without sin and has, through His death and resurrection, done everything necessary for us to have a personal one-to-one relationship with God. We begin to experience the benefits of salvation when we repent from and confess our sin, and commit our lives under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, our only Savior. This allows us to begin a personal relationship guided by the Holy Spirit which lives in each person who has accepted Christ as their Savior.
- this church is an assembly of followers of Christ who are responsible to discern the mind of Christ for that body of Christ - in the light of Scripture, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, and under the Lordship of Christ.
- that Christ has, according to the Scriptures, instituted two church ordinances for believers:
- Believer’s Baptism with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as an act of obedience and an expression of a personal commitment to Christian discipleship.
- Communion of the Lord’s Supper as a repeated and frequent celebration of our communal life in Christ, whose death we remember, whose resurrection we celebrate and whose return we eagerly await.