Following Christ, Together
We are here as a response to Jesus’ call to follow him [Matt 4:19–22, Matt 16:24]. We all sense this call in different ways and at different times in our lives, but as we seek to follow him, we recognize that we cannot do it alone.
We look to affirmations of the faith handed down to us through the centuries, held in common by Christians throughout history. In our life, faith, teaching, and community we strive to live according to these standards of faith.
The Nicene Creed, which was affirmed by all Christians beginning in 325 AD, serves as a sufficient statement of the Christian faith:
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of the God, eternally begotten of the Father before all ages:
Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father;
Through Him all things were made;
Who for us people and for our salvation came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate,
He suffered and was buried;
And the third day He rose again, according to the scriptures,
And ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of the Father;
And His is coming again with glory to judge both the living and the dead;
His kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit—the Lord and Giver of Life—who proceeds from the Father [and the Son];
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
Who spoke by the prophets.
And we believe in one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
We look to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. AMEN.
We believe in God as Triune—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Because he exists as community and unity, we strive to reflect this community in our lives.
We believe that God created humanity for eternal fellowship with Him. As sinful people, we have broken that fellowship and now suffer the effects of this in our relationships with Him, each other, and the world.
We believe that Jesus Christ is unique as God’s incarnate Son, fully God and fully human. Through Christ’s incarnation, death, and resurrection He offers redemption from our broken relationships with God and others, giving new life to all who would turn to Him.
We believe that the Holy Spirit works to unite people to one another and to God by moving us toward one another in self-giving love, hospitality to others, proclaiming the gospel of God’s love in Christ, and by transforming us corporately into the image of Christ.
We recognize the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the revealed Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.