The Bible is the only standard of faith and practice for Christians. Ancient and timeless, a masterpiece of literature, the Holy Bible reveals God’s role in human history, our place in God’s plan, and truth to guide us and shield us from deception.
We believe that God Loves
God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one, all-knowing yet all-forgiving. We will spend eternity cherishing an ever-deepening relationship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the Father is the source of all love and life. He sent His Son to save us from our sin and selves, to show us what He is like. Jesus became human to save us. Through Him—our helper, advocate, and redeemer—we can begin again. He is preparing heaven for us and will return to take us there. The Holy Spirit inspires us, empowers us, and guides our understanding. The Spirit touches our hearts and transforms us, renewing the image of God in which we were created.
We believe that God Creates
God made our world with brilliant creativity and tender care. He created humanity to take care of and take pleasure in the planet, engaging rest and recreation in perfect balance. Created in God’s image, male and female, we are designed to live in relationships. Marriage is God’s ideal for living in harmony and for children to grow up in security and love. Once molded in God’s image, now fractured by sin, it took a perfect Savior to reconcile us. The Spirit restores God’s reflection within us so God can work through us.
We believe that God Redeems
Satan accused God of being untrustworthy and unfair. God gave us the freedom to choose, and human history shows the result of rebellion—and the incredible power of God’s love to save us. God sent Jesus, His Son, to live the perfect life we could not and die the death our sins deserve. When we accept Jesus’ sacrifice, we claim eternal life. The Holy Spirit reveals our need for Jesus and, when we accept God’s grace and salvation, recreates us. The Spirit builds our faith and helps us leave our broken lives behind. Salvation transforms how we see our world. We no longer fear our pasts or future but embrace a present full of hope, love, passion, and praise as the Spirit lives in us.
We believe that God Triumphs
Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice gives us the confidence to approach God, knowing we are forgiven. Now Jesus is reviewing our lives before returning, so there’s no question that His judgments are made in love. We look forward to Jesus’ promised return when He will resurrect His saved children and take them to heaven. Though we cannot know exactly when He will come back, we can live in joyful anticipation.
We believe that God Resurrects
The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord. The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later.