We Believe...

  • the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
  • in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
  • salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save.
  • His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
  • Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
  • God is gracious and faithful to His people, not simply as individuals, but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.
  • the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
  • Jesus will return - bodily and visibly - to judge all humankind and to receive His people to Himself.
  • all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 

Our beliefs are summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith, as well as the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. These confessions and catechisms are summaries of biblical teaching which our officers heartily affirm and have promised to uphold. 

We are a member church of the Presbyterian Church in America

Our church is governed by the Book of Church Order and by our bylaws. 

Church Culture: Gospel + Safety + Time

Often a church's formal theological beliefs can be at odds with its actual atmosphere, ethos, and feel as a church. Our prayer and desires are to be a church with a gospel-shaped culture, where believers experience meaningful care, encouragement, and accountability. In Ray Ortlund's book The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, he describes the kind of culture where people can grow and see the power of Christ at work in their lives. He sums it up as three things: 

"Gospel + safety + time. It's what everyone needs. A lot of gospel + a lot of safety + a lot of time." 

Gospel: good news for bad people through the finished work of Christ on the cross and the endless power of the Holy Spirit. Multiple exposures. Constant immersion. Wave upon wave of grace and truth, according to the Bible. 

Safety: a non-accusing environment. No finger-pointing. No embarrassing anyone. No manipulation. No oppression. No condescension. Instead respect, sympathy and understanding, where sinners can confess and unburden their souls. 

Time: no pressure. No deadlines on growth. Urgency, but not hurry, because no one changes quickly. A lot of space for complicated people to rethink their lives at a deep level. God is patient.

One of the main ways we offer avenues for relationship-building centered in the gospel is through our Community Groups