Through His grace we are brought to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. God uses His Word and Sacraments to create, sustain, and empower our spiritual lives.
God’s Holy Word gives guidance, direction, and purpose to our lives. Our teaching and preaching is clear, relevant, and an authentic presentation of His Word, as the one absolute truth in our world.
All people matter to Jesus Christ and, therefore, matter to us. God gives us the privilege of sharing His love, especially with those who do not know Him. Great rejoicing happens in heaven each time a person comes to faith.
Various styles of dynamic, relevant, and Spirit-filled worship bring glory to God and edification to His people. Active participation in worship, prayer, and music touch the heart of the worshipper with the love of God.
Educating children, youth, and adults with the Word of God develops a strong and mature faith. Spiritual growth is a lifelong process that continually impacts how we live.
Strength, joy, and encouragement come from our community of faith. Through our relationships with fellow Christians, our faith is strengthened and our commitment is deepened.
We are responsible stewards of our time, talent, possessions, and wealth, maximizing God’s gifts to further His Kingdom on earth.
The priesthood of all believers is an integral part of the Body of Christ, where every person has been called, empowered, and gifted by the Holy Spirit to serve Him in the church and in our personal lives.
Striving for excellence in all that we do brings honor to God. Excellence is not defined as “perfection,” but as “doing our very best to the greatest potential.”
What we believe
Faith Alone, Grace Alone
Jesus is true God and true man. My Lord and my God (John 20:28). Christ is God (Romans 9:5). Christ is the true God and eternal life (1John 5:20). Jesus didn’t become God for in the beginning the Word was God and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:1,14). Jesus is the same yesterday and today (Hebrews 13:9) for God does not change (Malachi 3:6). Jesus is God.
Our sinful nature (original sin) creates in us the inability to trust, fear, or love God. We would rather pursue our desires and our own pleasures. It’s natural for us to do so (Psalms 51:5 ). It is, after all, only human nature (Romans 7:5). We would rather seek out other truths, other wisdoms, and other righteousnesses that are not from God (Galatians 5:17).
God’s plan of salvation rests with Him. For we have a righteousness from God that is ours by faith alone. (Romans 1:17). A righteousness that is apart from the law. A righteousness from God through faith in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:21-22). We need this righteousness because all that we do fails (Romans 3:23). We did not earn our righteousness. We can not earn our righteousness. Our redemption was given to us freely by His grace. (Romans 3:24). No down payment is necessary. We are free of our sins and are servants of the righteousness of Christ Jesus (Romans 6:18).
Creeds have authority only because they are expositions, restatements, or summaries of Holy Scripture. They certainly are not additions to Scripture. Our creeds seek to make us distinct while seeking to embrace all. They preserve and defend the central teachings of faith and they are a teaching tool for us to use as we approach Scripture.
God Himself is the author of both the Old and New Testaments that testifies that the promises He made for our salvation is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Scripture is the Word of God and not a container for His Word. Acceptance of all Scripture as God's Word is a fruit of faith because human reasoning alone will find these teachings impossible. Scriptures are without error even in the presence of some problems for which there is no explanation that satisfies human reason. As the Word of God the Scriptures speak with God's own authority and have the power to create faith in the Savior to whom they witness and to regulate the confession of the church by working acceptance of all that they teach.