We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
As adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages;
Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made;
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from the heavens and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man;
Crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, He suffered and was buried;
Rising on the third day according to the Scriptures;
And ascending into the heavens, He is seated at the right hand of the Father;
And coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead, His Kingdom shall have no end;
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets;
In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church;
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
I expect the resurrection of the dead;
And the life of the age to come.
The Chalcedonian Confession
(This is regarding the Church’s understanding of the nature and divinity of Christ, His humanity, and His incarnation and birth.)
We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable soul and body; consubstantial with us according to the manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the virgin Mary, the mother of God, according to the manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the prophets from the beginning have declared concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.
Our Call and Purpose
This is what we believe it means for us to be called as disciples by Jesus.
“The purpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”
We see our call is to live what we believe, which is chief and foremost “to love the Lord our God” with all we are, love others, and love one another as genuine brothers and sisters in Christ. (Mark 12:28-31)
Our standard of measure for “success” is love. If we are not growing in God’s love, we are not seeking Christ as our Pastor. Whenever this happens it’s because we started pursuing our own plans and building our own “church” – not His.
The emphasis of our teaching and pastoring is focused on what it means to know the love of God. We want to live in His love in ways that help foster genuine and real community. The call of the Church is to not only proclaim God’s love but to show herself as evidence of His supernatural love by how we love one another. (John 13:33, 34; 1 John 3:13)
These are the things that are incredibly important to who we are and how we understand our lives in Christ
This is Christ’s Church. He is Love, so His Church must be about love. It’s about the Greatest Commandment being treated as great. It is about our loving God, Him filling us with His love, and that love flowing out through us to one another — and then out to the world.
The Church must rediscover love as a way of life. It must be our only standard for doing well, or doing poorly. We know we are “rebuilding” something in how we see our lives in His Church. There are ways of life that would have been perfectly natural and worthy of being cherished in the early Church that would now be seen as completely foreign and maybe even offensive to our brothers and sisters in Christ. So it’s our call to rebuild ourselves to look and live like how we believe Jesus has called His people to look and live. Not because we think we’re “right” but because we want to honor Jesus.
What is the quality and depth of our love for Jesus, and His People. If love is first, all will go well. If it is any less, everything, even good things, tend toward corruption.
It’s about pastoring from love, teaching people to love, and our modeling love. If Church is not about this before all, it is not Church at all.