What We Value
We want to worship together as a family.
One of the most important things we do as a church is worship together. The main way that we do this is through our Sunday morning services, which is where we sing and hear from God’s Word. But we also gather in other ways, too. Every week we come together in serving teams, community groups, kids and students events, and several other ways, as well, to worship God and to know each other.
We want to move in a spiritual direction.
We want to be kind.
The heart of the Christian faith isn’t a list of rules or set of beliefs – it’s kindness. God being kind to us through Jesus. He saves us and redeems us, even when we didn’t deserve it. And then this kindness leads us to be kind to others. Just as God makes room for us, is gracious towards us, and shows us kindness, we want to make room for other people, be gracious to them, and to show them kindness, too.
What We Believe
Specifically, these are our essentials:
GOD – God is the creator and sustainer of our world and our lives. He exists as one God, yet three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is holy, perfect, and powerful.
JESUS – Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man. He lived, died, and rose again to make peace between us and God the Father.
THE HOLY SPIRIT – The Holy Spirit is mysteriously, yet definitively alive and active in our world today. He makes us aware of our need for God, helps us live a life that pleases Him, and encourages us to trust in God.
MANKIND – Men and women are created in the image of God. However, we are separated from God because of our own pride and rebellion, which the Bible calls sin. We are completely unable to repair our relationship with God without his help. Because of our condition, we need God to rescue – to save – us from the consequences of our sin.
SALVATION – Because of our sin, we need God to rescue us. We cannot rescue or save ourselves. Through Jesus, God gives us his salvation that is based on mercy and grace, not performance or effort.
RESTORATION – God originally created the world to exist free of sin. When sin entered the world, things like death, pain, sorrow, injustice, and evil became our reality. God promises, however, to one day restore Creation back to its good and sinless state. This restoration began with Jesus and will ultimately conclude when He returns.
THE BIBLE – The Bible is God’s primary means of communication to us. It is divinely inspired, trustworthy, and is the source of our essential beliefs. It is also an authoritative presence in our faith and practice.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – The Christian seeks to constantly grow in submission to God through his or her character, motivations, and actions. But growth does not make us more or less acceptable to God. God’s love for us, as chiefly shown through Jesus Christ, is what makes us acceptable to Him. Obedience to God and His commands, then, is a response to His great love for us, not a way to merit it.