We value genuine relationships.
We value deepening faith in Jesus that brings about transformation.
We value the creation of space for those who aren't yet here.
As a United Methodist faith community, the foundation of our understanding and relationship to God is one of grace and holiness.
Grace is God extending himself freely to us through the gift of his son, Jesus, though we do not deserve it and can never earn it. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
Holiness is the daily journey of being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) to become more like Jesus in our actions and reactions.
Grace and holiness are always in relationship with each other. As Pastor Matt likes to say, “Holiness without grace is legalism, grace without holiness is pointless.”
The Bible: We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the divinely inspired Word of God. We believe it reveals God’s love and plan to be in relationship with all of humanity and contains all things necessary for understanding our way to salvation through Christ. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
God: We believe in one God, who created the universe and exists in three distinct persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in being, essence, character, power, and eternal qualities. We believe that God is love and desires to love us personally as his children. (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; John 1:12-13)
Jesus: We believe Jesus is the Christ; the Savior who came to earth to reveal God and to restore all of fallen humanity to a personal relationship with God; is uniquely God’s Son—fully God and fully human; and was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe he is without sin and serves as our perfect example of holiness. We believe Jesus willingly died on the cross to demonstrate God’s love for sinful humanity and because of His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, a way has been made for the forgiveness of sins and the means to be brought into relationship with God, and know the promised real life here and now, and eternal life to come. (John 14:9-12,19; 2 Corinthians 5:19)
The Holy Spirit: We believe in the divine personhood of the Holy Spirit as God’s presence with us on earth today - our primary teacher, comforter, and guide. We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s transforming presence in the lives of Jesus’ followers to empower a life that reflects the lifestyle, values, and character of Jesus. We believe the Holy Spirit is actively working within the Christian community and the world at-large to bring about God’s plan of redemption for all people and all creation. (Acts 2; John 16:7-11; Romans 8)