The Bible is God’s completely true Story about who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. The Bible is the final and complete authority in our lives.
God the Father
There is one God, who exists as three persons living in perfect community—Father, Son and Spirit. God created everything and sustains everything by His life.
Jesus Christ was fully human and fully God. He lived a perfect life in place of our imperfect lives; died, as our substitute, the death we deserved because of our sin; and physically rose from the dead. He offers us full and eternal life through His own resurrection.
The Holy Spirit
We experience the presence of God and the fullness of life through our relationship with God the Spirit, who convicts us of sin, points us to Christ, and applies Christ’s work to our lives.
We are created by God and in the image of God. But because of the sin and disobedience of Adam & Eve, we have been separated from God. Yet He has pursued the human race at all cost with the intent of restoring this relationship and bringing full life once again.
We must choose to accept the forgiveness, salvation, and reconciliation God offers to us through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. There is nothing we can do to deserve this life—it is all a gift of God, and our responsibility is simply to receive it.
The church is made up of imperfect people who are responding day by day in all their relationships to God’s grace. The church fulfills its purpose by offering Christ’s full life and by helping those who respond to this offer to become people who follow Christ with their whole heart.
Sometimes the Bible is not as clear as we might like it to be. It can leave us with questions that we must find the answers to ourselves. Churches and the people in them may arrive at different answers to these questions. This is what we call our Distinctive Beliefs.