What We Believe
1. The Trinity is three in one: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. God The Father is the one who was, who is and who will always be. God The Son is the one who came, returned and will come again; He is the one given to forgive us. And the Holy Spirit is The Spirit of God, the one who guides us and fills us with joy and love daily.
2. We believe that Loving God while Loving People is the correct way to build relationships with others. In Micah 6:8 it is stated simply and concisely:
“Do what is fair and just to your neighbor; be compassionate and loyal in your love; don’t take yourself too seriously, but do take God seriously.”
3. We believe in open table Holy Communion after the personal examination of our individual consciences. No one else should be able to determine the worthiness of anyone seeking Grace through Holy Communion with our Lord.
4. We believe in sharing the gospel by first building relationships with people, spending time in their homes and neighborhoods, sharing with them, listening to them, and praying with them. When they are ready to have a relationship with Jesus Christ we are there to support them in their walk.
Matthew 28:19-20 & Acts 1:8 clearly establish that God intends for us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. We are commanded to “make disciples.” In today’s world we believe that one of the many ways to do that is to try to build Christ-like relationships by striving to live every day in a Christ-like way. In so doing, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us to reach those who may be lost or are stumbling and supporting them in their walk. We are also there to help the disciples who foster these nurturing relationships, buoying them so that they can remain strong as role models for the community.
5. We believe that we are commanded to help the poor and under resourced. In Matthew 25: 34-40 it is said best ...
”Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation.” And here’s why:
“I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.”
“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth:
Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me - you did it to me.’
6. We believe that the CHURCH IS EVERYWHERE. It exists “any place two or more are gathered together in God’s name”. Though a sanctuary might be a place to listen to a message and /or to cry, laugh, sing, and pray together, a Church knows no boundaries. It cannot be confined within the walls of a building.
7. We believe that trusting in God will lead us to a “right” place to share His Grace. For Paul it was Jerusalem. In Acts 20:22-24 he tells us:
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
We believe that “Jerusalem” is everywhere when it comes to sharing God’s Grace, and no matter how uncertain the circumstances in whatever place we are called may seem, the message Jesus brought us regarding God’s steadfast love and generosity will triumph if we stay true to the course.