WHAT WE BELIEVE…
We believe that Jesus Christ is “fully human and fully divine, one person in two natures, without confusion and without change, without separation and without division.” This statement dates all the way back to the fifth century and is reflected in virtually all Christian churches.
Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Our theology, our faith, and our mission is Centered in Christ as Jesus himself stands at the center of all our theological reflections.
God’s love is a mystery beyond the reach of our understanding. God is revealed through the Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, united in love and grace, wisdom and goodness.
God reveals love for humanity in Jesus Christ by showing power in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and goodness in receiving broken sinful humanity.
God created us for a personal relationship with our Creator in response to God’s love.
The Holy Spirit completes the work of reconciliation in our lives. The Holy Spirit creates and renews us as the community in which we are reconciled to God and to one another. God enables us to receive forgiveness as we forgive one another and to enjoy the peace of God as we make peace among our relationships.
The church is the community of God’s people which is known by its belief and its action. We believe that each member of the church is uniquely gifted for the building up of the Body of Christ and has a unique contribution to make within the life of the church. We call this belief, “The Priesthood of All Believers.”
“The mission of God in Christ gives shape and substance to the life and work of the Church. In Christ, the Church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love, offering to all people the grace of God at font and table, and calling all people to discipleship in Christ.” (Book of Order)
God’s mission, “To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as his reconciling community. This community, the church universal, is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation and shares his labor of healing the enmities which separate men from God and from each other. Christ has called the church to this mission and given it the gift of the Holy Spirit. The church maintains continuity with the apostles and with Israel by faithful obedience to his call.” (Book of Confessions – Confession of 1967)
“The one sufficient revelation of God is Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became flesh, to whom the Holy Spirit bears unique and authoritative witness through the Holy Scriptures, which are received and obeyed as the word of God written. The Scriptures are not a witness among others, but the witness without parallel. The church has received the books of the Old and New Testaments as prophetic and apostolic testimony in which it hears the word of God and by which its faith and obedience are nourished and regulated.” (Book of Confessions – Confession of 1967)
Sacraments are outward signs which convey inward grace. We believe that sacraments were started by Jesus and available for all people. We celebrate two sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.