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Our Mission Statement:Using our gifts from God to serve all with Grace and Mercy.
A Declaration of Faith
As a Reformed Faith, we stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. We affirm the subordinate standards of the Presbyterian Church (The Westminster Confession, The Declaration of Faith Concerning Church and Nation, and Living Faith).This is neither an addition nor an amendment of those documents. It is simply a realization that they are all lengthy pieces and worthy of accurate summary.
What We Believe About God
We believe that there is one God who exists beyond time and space. We believe that God is infinite and perfect in Power, Goodness, and Love. We believe that God has revealed Himself as eternally existent in three persons: Father (God Transcendent), Son (God Incarnate), and Spirit (God Immanent - that is, present).
What We Believe About the World
We believe that the world as we know it is not how it was designed to be. We believe that the problem is Sin - a disobedience to the will of God. We believe that the world was created and called very good, but that it is not as it should be now. We believe that rather than God being in control, Sin is the ruling force now.
What we Believe about the Law
We believe that God gave the Law (Torah) to the people of Israel - recorded in the collection known as the Hebrew Bible - to show them how to live in accordance with God's will. We believe that Torah is still in force today and that the law was a first dispensation of the Grace of God toward His people. We believe that it is impossible to follow the Law perfectly and that the Law places a requirement of perfection that is impossible for anyone to follow. We believe that Torah points to the need for a Saviour.
What we believe about Jesus
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth, called Christ (or Messiah) is the anointed savior of the whole world. We believe that he is God incarnate - both fully human and fully divine. We believe that he was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life and died on a cross to defeat Sin. We believe that he rose after three days from the dead, a foretaste of a future resurrection for all people. We believe that Jesus ascended to Heaven where he reigns as the only King and Head of the Church and is the eternal mediator between God and Humanity.
What we believe about the Church
We believe that the church is the physical manifestation of Christ in the world. It is the body of Christ that exists outside of time and space and is comprised entirely of those who have accepted the gift of grace that God is offering. We believe that individual churches are attempts to be local representations of the invisible Church, but attendance of or membership in a church is not neccesarily a sign of participation in the body of Christ any more than non-presence does not always neccesitate non-participation. We believe that the Church is given a mission to make disciples of all people and that in this mission God is the object of our service, to the benefit of the whole world.
What we believe about Destiny
We believe that the human condition is finitude. Our destiny is death and the Good News is of overcoming Death. We believe that although our destiny is to die, at some point in the future we believe that Jesus will return to establish His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven. We believe that there will be a judgement and those who have died in Christ will be raised to eternal life and the rest will be destroyed.
What we Believe about Purpose
We believe that all people are created in the image of God and created for the purpose of relationship. As such, there are no divisions in the Church. All share the same grace, same responsibilities, and the same mission. We believe that all followers of Christ have the same access to him and are all called with the same responsibility in our own contexts to share the Good News through words and actions, without apology and with integrity and grace.
What we believe about Responsibility
We believe that Salvation is offered as a free gift to all people who choose to accept it. But we believe that acceptance of this Good News neccesitates a difference in values and virtues from the rest of the world. We believe that a transformed life will be exemplified through a commitment to humility, kindness, purity, moderation, patience, generosity and dilligence.