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Mission and Beliefs

Mission

To love God in WORSHIP through Christ. To love others in RELATIONSHIP in Christ. To love the world in SERVICE with Christ.

Beliefs

We recognize that not everybody is going to agree with our doctrinal positions. We don't expect that. In fact, we gladly and warmly welcome those who believe differently, or who are not yet certain of what they believe. We seek to provide an environment that fosters robust doctrinal and spiritual conversation in which we can "major on the majors and minor on the minors." However, just as with every other church, we do hold to theological convictions that will shape our ministry.

Doctrines of Grace:

1. The Fallen Condition of Humanity (Romans 5:12-19)We are all in this same boat – desperately in need of God’s grace. So there is no “finger pointing” necessary. We are ALL sinners. Let’s just be honest about it and move toward the grace of God together.

2. The Loving Initiative of God In His grace, God takes the initiative in establishing relationship with us, reaches down, captures our heart, and invites us into a love relationship with Himself (John 6:37-39, II Thessalonians 2:13-14).

3. The Effective Work of Jesus In the cross of Jesus Christ, we see the benediction of God to all who would believe: “My child, I love you and have forgiven you.” (I John 4:10, Romans 5:10, Galatians 3:13).

4. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit The Spirit of God opens our eyes to the beauty of Jesus Christ (John 6:44-45, Philippians 2:13) and whispers the benediction of his grace and affection to our souls.

5. The Promise of the Gospel (Phil. 1:6). Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God has promised his love for you — and he will keep that promise. No matter your failure, no matter your struggle, he will never let you go.

The "Catholic" Faith:

By “Catholic” we are referring to the original meaning of the term, which is “according to the whole” or “universal.” In other words, we count ourselves as part of God’s “holy, catholic, and apostolic Church” and hold to those basic teachings—the Trinity, Incarnation, Atonement, Resurrection—which have been believed by all Christians throughout history that have proclaimed historic Christianity. These teachings have been confessed in the ecumenical creeds of the early church such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creeds.

Apostolic and Reformation Doctrine:

By “apostolic,” we are referring to those doctrines taught by the Apostles in the Scriptures and so forcefully reclaimed in the Reformation of the 16th century. Specifically, we believe that the Scriptures are without error, completely trustworthy and the ultimate authority for our beliefs and our lifestyles. We believe that salvation is only by God’s grace and is received solely by faith in Christ. We believe in the historicity of the biblical miracles, of the virgin birth, and in the reality of Christ’s return.

We believe that God is sovereign in all things, including salvation, and that the sacraments of baptism and holy communion not only represent God’s grace, but also seal and apply that grace to our lives. We are committed to a Presbyterian system of church government and to living out the implications of God’s radical grace in every area of life.

"To love God in WORSHIP through Christ. To love others in RELATIONSHIP in Christ. To love the world in SERVICE with Christ."