We believe in and worship the Triune God, revealed to us in Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead and reconciled us with God. We also believe that Jesus will return in the future to usher an end to the world as we know it and will renew an establish a new heaven and earth for eternity.
We believe that the Bible is the authoritative, infallible Word of God. The Holy Spirit inspired humans in the past to write it and enables us to understand it today. Though God also makes himself known in the world around us, the Bible gives us the clearest picture of who God is and his plans for the world's redemption and renewal.
We believe that this world - and our lives - are all about God! Some people call this our 'Reformed Accent.' We believe that God is sovereign and attentive over everything happening in the world, and yet, God decided to invite us into a specific kind of relationship that allows us to act freely in the world. In a covenant, each partner makes promises about what they are going to do for the other. We believe that God initiated this relationship with humanity (and with individuals) and Scripture tells us the story of what's happened within it. The Bible also describes what our part of the covenant includes and gives us a very helpful understanding of how we should live our lives. God always keeps his promises, but we have a much harder time keeping our end of the agreement; we are thankful that God helps us to live out our part and graciously forgives us when we do not. We're also thankful that our salvation doesn't depend on us fulfilling the covenant, but instead is based solely on God's grace and mercy given to us!
A covenant is signed or sealed to make it official. The covenant between God and humanity that we read of in Scripture and attempt to live in our lives, is signed and sealed through the two sacraments or activities that Jesus told us to keep doing until he comes again: the Lord's Supper and baptism.
The Lord's Supper is the sign and seal of God's promise that Jesus' sacrifice on the cross paid the price for all or our sins. At our church, we come to the table of God to participate in this sign and seal monthly, remembering, worshipping, thanking, and dedicating our lives to Jesus' ministry of reconciliation in the world by eating a piece of bread and drinking grape juice to symbolize Jesus' body and blood.
Baptism, both for infants and adults, is the sign and seal of God's promises all the way back to Abraham, the father of faith, to form God's family of faith, to make us holy, and to use us to bless the nations through the gift of new life. The water of baptism symbolizes the washing away of our sins through God's complete forgiveness. Whether done by sprinkling or through full immersion, the water is a sign and seal of God's promises in much the same way that circumcision marked God's children in the Old Testament. Because circumcision was done to children back then, and because these promises of God are for children of believing parents even if they cannot understand it at the time they receive it, we baptize infants and teach them that they are part of God's covenant family.
In our local church, we believe that men and women are equal image bearers of God, and all offices and leadership positions in the church are open to any qualified, spirit-filled, humble servants of God.