What We Believe
GATHERING TO GLORIFY CHRIST,
WITNESSING TO BRING OTHERS TO CHRIST
In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, we confess that He is our hope, and that the Church, as Christ’s body, is bound to His authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.
In Christ all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Christ God reconciles all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of the cross (Col. 1:19–20). In Christ’s name, therefore, we are sent out to bear witness to the good news of reconciliation with God, with others, and with all creation. In Christ the Church receives its truth and appeal, its holiness¸ and its unity.
In our own time, we affirm that, in the power of the Spirit, the Church is faithful to the mission of Christ as it:
Proclaims and hears the Word of God, responding to the promise of God’s new creation in Christ, and inviting all people to participate in that new creation;
Administers and receives the Sacraments of Baptism and The Lord’s Supper, welcoming all those who are being engrafted into Christ, bearing witness to Christ’s saving death and resurrection, and anticipating the heavenly banquet that is to come.
“Shout for joy to the LORD, burst into jubilant song with music.”