We bear witness to the following truths of the historic Christian faith as the pillars of our world-view, the motivation for our mission, and the foundation for our commitment:
The Bible as the Word of God.
The Bible tells the universal story of creation, fall, redemption and new creation, and thereby shapes our worldview. We receive it as the word of God spoken through human authors, and believe it to be true and trustworthy in all it affirms. We depend upon it as the revelation of God’s identity, character, purposes and actions, and submit to it as supremely and uniquely authoritative for our belief and behavior. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are verbally inspired of God, and they are the supreme and final authority for faith and life.
God as Creator.
The universe is the good creation of the one living God, and reveals God’s existence, power and glory. Human beings are created in the image of God, male and female, for His own glory, in order to love, worship and obey God, to relate to one another in love, justice and compassion, and to care for creation.
God as Trinity.
We believe that the one God eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, co-equal in power and glory; co-eternal, having precisely the same nature and attributes, and worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience.
Humans have sinned by rebelling against God, rejecting God’s authority, and disobeying God’s word, and so are alienated from God, one another and the created order. Sin deserves God’s judgment, and leads to eternal separation from God’s favorable judgment. We are born into sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law. The effects of sin and the power of evil have corrupted all of creation, including the fabric of cultural, economic, environmental, social, political and religious life.
The image of God remains the basis of the uniqueness, dignity, sanctity and equality of all persons without distinction. Though distorted by sin, God loves and cares for all people in their cultural, social, and ethnic diversity, and has reached out in grace to save them through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, the Messiah uniquely appointed by God to bring the blessing of salvation to the world. God took on our human nature in Jesus Christ, who taught and modeled the new life of the kingdom of God to which he calls his disciples. In his death on the cross he took upon himself the sin of the world, bearing its full cost and penalty so that we are put right with God through his grace by faith in Christ alone. On the cross Jesus also entered into our suffering, defeated the powers of evil and accomplished the reconciliation of all creation. In his bodily resurrection he defeated death and became the forerunner of redeemed humanity. Through his ascension he is exalted as reigning Lord, and at his return he will execute God’s judgment, destroy Satan, evil and death, and establish the universal reign of God.
God the Holy Spirit.
The Bible testifies to the Holy Spirit’s activity both in creation and history, empowering action for liberation and justice. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin and judgment, leads to faith and repentance, and unites believers to Christ, signifying and sealing in them what Jesus has already accomplished. Through Christ, God’s Spirit is poured out on all believers enabling them to live in unity and to bear the fruit of holiness, Christ-likeness and practical obedience. The Spirit gives gifts and power to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel, discern truth, pray effectively, and prevail over the forces of darkness.
The church and God’s mission.
The church stands in continuity with God’s people in the Old Testament, called through Abraham to be a light to the nations, shaped and taught through the law and the prophets to be a community of holiness, compassion and justice, and redeemed through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The church exists to worship and glorify God for all eternity, and is commissioned.