What We Believe

What we believe and practice is based on the Bible. We trust Jesus Christ as Savior, acknowledge him as Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

We accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus and God’s Word to us.  We hold to the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as authentic and reliable expositions of what scripture leads us to believe and do.

We affirm that Jesus Christ alone is Lord of all and the way of salvation; that the Bible is God's revealed Word and the Church's only infallible rule of faith and life; that we are saved by grace through faith, and this is not our own doing, but the gift of God; and that we are called to be God's witness to the world.

We are Reformed in our theology and Presbyterian in polity (governed by an elder board). Our Brief Statement of Faith follows…

Brief Statement of Faith

This Brief Statement of Faith includes the major themes of the Christian faith as understood in the Protestant Reformed tradition. Following the apostle Paul's blessing in 2 Corinthians, it is a trinitarian confession in which the grace of Jesus Christ has first place as the foundation of our knowledge of God's sovereign love and our life together in the Holy Spirit. The Brief Statement of Faith follows:

In life and in death we belong to God.

   Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

      the love of God,

        and the communion of the Holy Spirit,

   we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,

      whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in Jesus Christ,

      Fully human, fully God.

   Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:

      preaching good news to the poor

        and release to the captives,

      teaching by word and deed

        and blessing the children,

      healing the sick

        and binding up the brokenhearted,

      eating with outcasts,

      forgiving sinners,

      and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

   Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,

   Jesus was crucified,

      suffering the depths of human pain

      and giving his life for the sins of the world.

   God raised Jesus from the dead,

      vindicating his sinless life,

      breaking the power of sin and evil,

      delivering us from death to life eternal.

We trust in God,

      whom Jesus called Abba, Father.

   In sovereign love God created the world good

      and makes everyone equally in God's image

        male and female, of every race and people,

      to live as one community.

   But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.

      Ignoring God's commandments,

      we violate the image of God in others and ourselves,

      accept lies as truth,

      exploit neighbor and nature,

      and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. 

      We deserve God's condemnation.

   Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.

      In everlasting love,

        the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people

           to bless all families of the earth.

      Hearing their cry,

        God delivered the children of Israel

           from the house of bondage.

      Loving us still,

        God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. 

      Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child,

      like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home,

        God is faithful still. 

We trust in God the Holy Spirit,

      everywhere the giver and renewer of life.

   The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,

      sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,

      and binds us together with all believers

      in the one body of Christ, the church.

   The same Spirit

      who inspired the prophets and apostles

      rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,

      engages us through the Word proclaimed,

      claims us in the waters of baptism,

      feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,

      and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.

   In a broken and fearful world

   the Spirit gives us courage

      to pray without ceasing,

      to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,

      to unmask idolatries in church and culture,

      to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,

      and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

   In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,

      we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks

        and to live holy and joyful lives,

      even as we watch for God's new heaven and new earth,

        praying, Come, Lord Jesus!

With believers in every time and place,

   we rejoice that nothing in life or in death

   can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.