Our Beliefs

Our Mission:  In response to God's love for us, we make disciples by loving and serving others. We believe:

1. The Bible:  We believe the Bible is the inspired and holy word of God.  The sixty-six books make up God's complete, final, reliable, and authoritative revelation to humankind.  The Bible is our chief source of knowledge of God and Christ.  It contains the truth necessary for salvation.

2. God:  We believe that there is only one true, eternal, and infinite God who is the creator and sustainer of the universe.  God co-exists equally in three Persons:  God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.

3. Jesus Christ:  We believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God.  He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.  Jesus was crucified, died, and on the third day rose bodily from the grave.  He ascended into heaven to become the intercessor for us.  He will return in final judgment and redemption for us.

4. The Holy Spirit:  We believe that the Holy Spirit co-exists with God the Father and God the Son.  The Holy Spirit is a gift given to physically indwell Christians when they are baptized.  The Holy Spirit's role in our life is to help and guide us in sanctification (holiness).  The Holy Spirit is a pledge from God the Father guaranteeing Jesus' return.

5. The Church:  We believe in the universal Church, a living body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members.  We believe the local church consists of a company of believers in Jesus Christ; baptized on a credible profession of faith and associated for worship, work, and fellowship.  We believe in The Great Commission found in Matthew 28:16-20, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age."

6. Sin:  We believe that all humankind who have reached an age of awareness have sinned and fallen short of God's command for holiness.  Because of our sin, the consequence is death.  There had to be a sacrifice for sin to meet the demands of the law.  God, in His infinite love and mercy, sent his Son.

7.  Salvation:  We believe that salvation is by grace through faith.  God showed us His grace through Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.  Salvation is grounded in the merits of Christ's righteousness and is appropriated by faith, which is a gift of God's grace.  Wesleyans recognize the grace of God as transforming as well as pardoning.  Wesleyans are taught three types of grace:  Prevenient grace is present before a person is saved; Justifying grace is given at the time of repentance and forgiveness by God; Sanctifying grace is received when a person has been saved from their sins.

8. Human Life:  We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His Image.  Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other state or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.

9. Inclusion:  We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.

10. Gender:  We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.  Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

11. Marriage:  We believe that God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a biological man, a biological woman, and Himself.  The church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman.  Ministers and staff may only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one biological man and one biological woman.  The facilities and property of the church shall only host weddings between one biological man and one biological woman.

12. Baptism:  We believe that the Sacrament of Holy Baptism is a gift from God that unites us in Christ's death in repentance of our sins; raises us to new life in Him through the power of His resurrection, and empowers us through the work of the Holy Spirit.  Baptism may be administered by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion.  Persons who have been baptized in other churches may become members based on their statement that they have accepted Christ and have been baptized.

13. Holy Communion:  We believe that in Holy Communion we are invited into reverent fellowship with Christ Jesus who is spiritually present in the whole of the Sacrament.  We participate in the communion of saints with the Church universal and we are given a foretaste of God's eternal banquet, the marriage supper of the Lamb.  The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered to all who repent of sin, desire to draw near to God, and lead a life of obedience to Christ.