What we believe about God
We believe in the one true, holy and living God, Eternal Spirit, who is Creator, Sovereign and Preserver of all things, who is visible and invisible. God is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love. We believe that we can experience God’s love and grace. God reveals the divine nature as the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each distinct and in unity inseparable, eternally one in essence and power. Through the Trinity, God is in relationship with God’s self and all creation and seeks to be in relationship with humanity out of self-giving love and grace.
We know that God loves all creation. In particular, God loves humankind, created in the divine image. This love is like that of the perfect Parent. We follow Jesus in speaking of God as “Our Father.” Calling God Father is an intimate expression of our love of God.
What we believe about Jesus
We believe in Jesus Christ, who was truly man and in whom the divine and human natures are perfectly and inseparably united. Jesus is the incarnation of God, meaning the Word made flesh. God sent Jesus, his only Son in the fullness of time, nurtured in the water of a womb, not to condemn the world, but so that the world may be saved through him. In the first words, Jesus preached he proclaimed,
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord.”
Jesus lived, suffered and died on the cross. He was buried, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven to be with the Father. He shall come again in victory to judge the living and the dead. He is our Lord and Savior, who seeks us, saves us, and intercedes for us. He is the Light of the World, the Bread of Heaven, and the Shepherd who seeks out to save, nurture, and guide. He has come so that we may have complete joy and life everlasting.
What we believe about the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit proceeds from and is one in being with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is God with us always, especially when we are in need, and convicts us of our sin and need for God. The Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live with a faithful response to the gospel. The Holy Spirit affects our lives by equipping us with “fruits” and “gifts” to carry out Christ’s ministry with the world. Learn more about the fruits of the spirit (click to Gal 5:22) or take a Spiritual Gifts Assessment. We experience the breath of God, God’s Spirit in time alone, the study of Scriptures, personal reflection, and among the community of believers. Experience with the Holy Spirit can often be intensely personal and we may feel the Spirit moving through the power of the choir singing, the Word preached and proclaimed, silence and study, the beauty of God’s creation, serving in the soup kitchen, a planning committee, and being with family. The Holy Spirit, who brought the church into beginning at Pentecost, is still guiding and upholding it, our prayer is to be open to the movement of the Spirit and listen.
What we believe about Us
We believe that human beings are created in God’s image. But we do not live as God intends. Again and again, we break the covenant relationship between God and us. We turn our backs on God and on God’s expectations for us. We rebel against God’s love and choose self over God. We call this alienation from God, sin. Sin separates us from God, God’s creation, and ourselves. We believe that God’s grace is offered to all, but God’s grace is not irresistible; humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God. We may not always be aware of God’s grace, but God is always present. God actively seeks us, taking the initiative to reach out to us through God’s amazing grace. We believe that a relationship with God through the power of his love and grace is what makes us whole.
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