Our beliefs are rooted in Biblical Theology and the Historical Confessions of the Christian Faith (the Apostles and Nicene Creeds)
We believe Jesus is the Son of God – In him we have all that we need!
The apostle Paul writes, “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things…by making peace through the blood of Christ.” In him all things were created and in him all things hold together. He has supremacy over all things. (Colossians 1:15-19).
The hope that we have as believers in Jesus Christ is that through his supremacy we have everything we need in him. To be in Christ is to experience God more fully in the depths of our very being. The spiritual practices enable us to enter into the fullness we have in Christ by the Spirit and to live out of that fullness for life and ministry. In prayer we look into the face of Jesus and we see God and enjoy communion with God. Through Christ we are restored in relationship with God and are compelled to invite others to receive God’s healing and restoration.
We believe Scripture is God’s authoritative Word for wholeness and life.
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, God’s Word to us and the unique and powerful witness to Jesus Christ. The Scriptures were inspired as the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:13). The Spirit of Jesus assures us in our hearts of the truth and authority of God’s Word; the good news of God’s redemption of the world through Jesus Christ (John 16:13). We meet God personally in Jesus Christ, who is the living personal image of God the Father. Since Jesus is no longer with us in the flesh, God’s Word in Scripture reflects for us the grace and truth of Christ. The Word of God has power to change lives. Being human we are unable to grasp the meaning of God’s Word with our own reason and ability. The Holy Spirit not only reveals the meaning of God’s Word for life and faith, but the Holy Spirit helps us be sensitive to the One Word, the living Christ, who is found in the words of Scripture.
We believe in the transforming presence and power of the Holy Spirit in us.
Those who have genuine faith in Jesus Christ are in the process of being transformed day by day by the inner work of the Spirit of Jesus. We are being formed into the image of Christ. God the Holy Spirit forms the life of Christ in us (2 Corinthians 4:16).In Acts 1-2 Luke tells the dramatic story of the days following Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus resurrection marked the beginning of God’s new creation when heaven and earth came together in a new way. In the Upper Room (Acts 2), believers in Jesus witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of the presence and power of the Spirit of Christ. The new and powerful work of renewal had begun!
What does it mean for us today? It means that, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Joel 2:32a). We can be freed from the grip of sin and receive consolation and healing in times of dis-ease. During his ministry, Jesus ministered God’s healing grace to many people. They received emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational healing. Today we can call on the name of the Lord and receive the renewing work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
We believe that God has given all of us the gift to discern well.
God has instilled in every heart the capacity to distinguish the voice of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, from among competing voices just as sheep recognize the voice of the shepherd (John 10:4). But our noisy world can shut out the voice of the Good Shepherd and preoccupy us with many distractions. With all that clamors for our attention and devotion, how do we stay faithful to the One who still says, “Come, follow me”? We must be intentional to set aside time and space to quiet ourselves, to listen to Jesus and discern well.