This page is only a brief statement of our core beliefs and convictions. For the sake of brevity, it uses some traditional Christian language without fully explaining it. If you want to know or understand more, please get in touch!
The gospel story
Our central belief is the great story of God's work in the world. God made the world and everything in it for his own glory. He made people in his own image to steward the world and reflect his glory. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sinned against him. Ever since, the image of God in people has been distorted, leading to all the evil and suffering we see in the world today. But God has graciously acted to restore the world to himself by sending his son Jesus to live a life of perfect righteousness and then die on the cross for the sake of sinners. Jesus rose from the dead, defeating sin and death, and ascended back to heaven as king of God's everlasting kingdom. This kingdom is God's new family, made up of all those from every tribe, tongue, and nation who put their faith in Jesus and seek to obey him, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Now, we see God's kingdom in part as his people love one another and do good in his name, but one day we will see it in full as Jesus returns to judge and rule the world forever.
Our beliefs and practices are founded first and foremost on God's revealed words to us in the Bible. The way we read and understand the Bible is shaped by the historic reading of the church, particularly the Reformed tradition. This understanding of the Bible is summarized in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms.
Our core values are derived from our theological foundations and practically shape the way that we function.
Humility - We strive to exalt God rather than ourselves and seek to learn from the wisdom and experience of fellow Christians throughout history and the world, especially those who are in direct association with us and those that bring different perspectives. See 1 Peter 5:6-7
Obedience - We are committed to obeying God's clear commands revealed in the Bible, even when we don't completely understand the reasons or they are difficult to follow. See 1 Peter 1:13-16
Reliance - We realize that God is the owner and ruler of the world and we trust in him to provide for all our needs and to cause his kingdom to grow, making an active effort to not put our faith in our own strategies and abilities. See Philippians 4:19
Imperfection - We recognize that all of us are flawed and sinful, but find freedom and acceptance in God's grace toward us, and also find hope in his promise that he is at work to bring all things to completion and perfection one day. See Philippians 3:12-16
Outward-Facing - We turn away from self-focus and look outward toward those who are different from us and particularly those who are outside the church that we may truly reflect God's heart toward the world. See Matthew 28:19-20