What We Believe
We believe in restoration through Jesus Christ
We believe that our world is deeply broken because of sin, but God has created a path to forgiveness, healing, and restoration through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2 provides an excellent summary of God's plan for restoration through Jesus. It states, in part:
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 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.
We believe Christians are called to follow the example and teachings of Jesus
Of course, no one is morally perfect, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to pursue a life of righteousness and justice that reflects his character and teachings. Jesus taught that we should be most concerned about our hearts and not “looking good” to others (Mark 7:1-19). Jesus taught that certain actions “defile us” including, “sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly” (Mark 7:20-23). Jesus taught that caring for the vulnerable and practicing justice, mercy, and faithfulness is more important than doing religious activities (Matthew 22-23). Jesus taught that a good tree will bear good fruit (Matthew 7:16–20). Our beliefs about what is right and wrong (ethics) and our actions are a reflection of our relationship with Jesus Christ (John 14:12-14).
We believe in the authority of the Bible
We agree with the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978). It states:
Holy Scripture, being God's own Word...is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God's instruction, in all that it affirms: obeyed, as God's command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God's pledge, in all that it promises.
We believe working toward racial justice and unity is encouraged by Scripture
When Christians actively or passively support racial injustice and disunity it puts them outside of God’s purpose and plan for his followers (Gen 18:19-20, Mt 23, Mk 11:17, Eph 2:1-22). It contradicts the teachings, example, and prayers of Jesus (Mt 8:11, 22:35-40; Jn 4:1-42, 17:20-23). It prevents us from fulfilling Christ’s great commandment (Jn 13:34-35) and great commission (Mt 28:19-20). It is contrary to the example and instructions of the biblical authors and early Christians (Deut 10:17-19; Isa 56:7; Zech 2:10-11; Acts 2:42-47, 6:1-7, 10:9-22; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Gal 2:11-21; James 2:1-13; 1 Pt 2:4-12; 1 Jn 3:11-24).