What we Believe

We are associated with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). We believe in unity around essentials and grace and love in all else. The EFCA defines essentials as 10 core statements of faith that we adhere to. These are:



1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in

a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having

limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem

a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the

words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the

original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by

which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be

believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by

Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from

God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued,

reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two

natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of

the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the

dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and


The Work of Christ

5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross

as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection

constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He

convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union

with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides,

equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through

faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He

is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be

composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s

Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of

salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish

the believer.

Christian Living

8. We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and

purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our

faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With

God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the

spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all

people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return

9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The

coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed

hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to

Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead

bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious

punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and

the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.