There are many different ways we could accurately state what we believe as Christians. Let’s start with these words and we look forward to talking to you more about it.
- It’s about relationship, not “religion”. We believe the church is a group of believers and not a building. Each person of the church is in a personal relationship with God and with the other people of the congregation. Focusing on institutional religion often brings out the sinner in us and moves us away from our mission of making disciples.
- We believe God wants to be in relationship with you. He loves you and cares deeply about you. You don’t need a bridge or intermediary between you and God – Jesus, God made flesh, is that person! Beyond this, God wants His believers to help others build their relationship with Him.
- The Bible, God’s Word, shows us that we are simultaneously sinners and saints. Each of us is the good, the bad, and the ugly all rolled into one. If you are looking for a group of perfect believers, you will not find that here. You will find sinners, who believe Jesus died for their sins, and continually work to live positively in response to His forgiveness. No sin is too big for God to forgive.
- We can have a right relationship with God only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We are called to live in response to this gift. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10.
- God’s word speaks to us as law and gospel. It is both judgement and mercy – judgment of our sin, and forgiveness for the sinner through Jesus Christ.
- All of this leads us to the truth: God is God. And we are not. In a world that proclaims “it’s all about you,” we believe and teach that life is really about Jesus Christ and only through Him can we find true happiness and peace.