What we believe
Christianity is not a program, a plan, a philosophical position, or a set of theological propositions.
Depending on your experience, this sounds cryptic or right or fluffy or familiar. What we present here is neither a comprehensive statement nor a checklist that you have to agree with to join us. This is a concise list of some of our core beliefs.
We believe that God is real. That life, therefore, has meaning and purpose.
We believe that the world is not the way it’s supposed to be. That shame, loneliness, addiction, and every kind of pain begin in the heart and creep outward, but that goodness and glory nevertheless surprise and delight us. We prefer the phrase “glorious ruin” to describe ourselves and the world in which we live.
We believe that God spoke; that God communicated to his people throughout history, and that communication is recorded in the literature we call the Bible, and through this literature He is still speaking.
We believe that God was and is encountered in Jesus of Nazareth. He is humanity’s champion. He faced evil in its fullest form for us on the cross. By letting it crush him, he broke its power. Now he brings the hope, and the promise, that one day evil will be vanquished completely.
We believe in the reality and the power of grace. Though we are worse than we could ever realize, we are more loved than we could ever imagine. We call this the gospel.
We believe that everyone is created in the image of God, which is another way of saying that no matter how messed up we are, there is something good and true and beautiful and valuable about everyone, and that everyone deserves our respect and love.
We believe that the Church is the heart of Christian community. The Church doesn’t save, but it’s the community of the Savior.
To enjoy and serve in Jesus’ community here, we do not expect you to sign off on every detail of our theological convictions. Rather, we want everyone to join us on the journey of a life with God, embracing the essential tenets of the gospel and committing to a humble, teachable attitude along the way.
So, we simply like to say that we are a faith community that is theologically aligned to historic confessional Christianity. This means we affirm the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds, continued and refined through the Reformed confessions and creeds of the 16th and 17th centuries, and summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms.