We believe in God as Creator and Caretaker, in Jesus Christ as divine Savior and Lord, and in the Holy Spirit as God present and at work everywhere in creation.
Sin and Salvation
We believe that human beings disobey God, as Adam and Eve did, and are in need of spiritual rebirth.
God initiates salvation, sending the Holy Spirit to all persons, calling them to repentance and faith. They totally have the choice of acceptance or rejection. “Whosoever believes” is redeemed. We are not, nor have we ever been, Predestinarian.
Persons are set into right relations with God by faith, not works. Salvation is a gift of God’s grace, not something earned or merited.
We believe that once God makes a covenant with a person, and they with God, they will never totally fall away from the state of grace, nor withdraw permanently from God. God never forsakes them, and continually works to maintain the relationship.
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1
We believe that the Sacraments are celebrations of the covenant in which Christ mysteriously is present and active. We accept two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The elements of water, fruit of the vine, and the bread are only signs and symbols. The Sacraments are central to Christian Worship.
Baptism symbolizes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It marks membership in the church. It is administered to infants whose parent(s) are members of the covenant community. It is also administered to those who affirm personal faith in Jesus Christ and have not received the sacrament. Pouring or sprinkling are generally accepted modes of baptism; however, the validity of this sacrament does not depend on the mode. We accept the baptism of those immersed.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated frequently, but not every Sunday. All believers are welcomed to the Table.
Death and Resurrection
We do not believe in the natural immortality of the soul. Eternal life is a gift from God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We are raised with him through our conversion. Eternal life is a living relation with God which continues more completely after death when full redemption shall be ours in the resurrection of the body.
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