Our Beliefs

COVENANT OF FAITH

Having experienced the grace and salvation of God through faith in Jesus Christ, we are joined in one body by His Spirit.  Therefore, we commit ourselves to this confession of faith* as our covenant for membership.

We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father, the Creator of the world, is calling out and redeeming a people to be His witness throughout the world.  (Gen. 1:1, 12:1-3, Jn. 1:3; 1 Pet. 2:9)

 

We acknowledge that we are sinful creatures before God and are in need of His forgiving grace and redeeming love. (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-3)

 

We confess Jesus as the Savior from sin, the risen Lord to be followed who is also the Head of the church and the exalted King we await. (Lk. 19:10; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 2:5-6)

 

Having been baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body we open our lives to the Spirit’s presence and filling for new life and daily guidance in Christian living. (Jn. 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 5:22-23)

 

We submit ourselves to one another as members of Christ’s Body, the Church, for mutual upbuilding around His Word and Spirit. (MT. 5:13-14; 18:15-18; Gal. 6:1; Eph. 2:11-22; 4:13-16; 5:21)

 

We recognize that these statements of faith lead us to discern points of agreement which need to be tested and refocused from time to time. (Eph. 5:8-21; Rom. 11:33-12:5; 2 Pet. 1:1-11; 1 Tim. 4:7-8)

 

POINTS OF AGREEMENT

We agree that as a church we practice:

  1. Holy Listening: In openness to the will of God we listen to Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and each other in every decision we make. We look for God’s kingdom in all areas of our lives and partner with God in what He is doing.
  2. Word-Centered Worship: In response to the love of God, we celebrate the beauty of God we see in Scripture, nature, and each other. We invite all people into simple celebrations of God, who shows Himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
  3. Countercultural Contentment: Seeing everything as a gift from God, we share our resources as stewards. We look to partner and collaborate with other churches and organizations that are working towards the kingdom principles of justice, peace, and joy.
  4. Intergenerational Leadership: In submission to Jesus as Lord, we organize ourselves for the transformation of individuals, generations, and communities within our congregation and beyond.
  5. Compassionate Care: In the compassion of Jesus, we prayerfully walk with those in need physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually to bring the transforming love and healing of Christ with the invitation to follow Jesus.

I agree that as a follower of Jesus I will practice:

  1. Gathering: Participating in the life of the church, including worship, nurture, service, and decision making processes.
  2. Devotion: Cultivating a personal relationship with God through spiritual disciplines such as Bible study, prayer, meditation, worship, and obedience.
  3. Generosity: Living as a responsible steward of my money, time, talents, and gifts.
  4. Outreach: Inviting others to follow Jesus by sharing my way of life and faith through service, witness, and example of life.
  5. Sacrificial Love: Growing in love, peace, and humility expressed in forgiveness, non-retaliation, good works, acceptance toward all persons, and speaking the truth in love.
  6. Right Living: Acknowledging imperfection and sinfulness while seeking forgiveness and reconciliation leading to my growth morally, emotionally, and relationally.

*See “Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective” 1995 for a fuller explanation and study.