What do we believe? Basically, we are an historical Congregational church. What does that mean, exactly? Well, think Pilgrim, but without the funny clothes. If you want to know more specifics, then keep reading.
Statement of Faith
A) We believe in God, creator of heaven and earth. We believe God exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God demonstrates His power and divinity through what has been made.
B) We believe that God has most clearly shown Himself through His Son, Jesus, the Messiah (Christ) about whom the Jewish prophets foretold. We believe:
- Jesus is the only person to live life perfectly and without sin
- Jesus was born of the virgin, Mary
- Jesus atoned for sins on the cross
- Jesus defeated death in his bodily resurrection
C) We believe that God has revealed Himself through his Word, the inspired, infallible authoritative Scriptures contained in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible is the final authority on matters of theology, Jesus, church, origins, sin, forgiveness, redemption, salvation, and life after death. We believe that, although it was delivered to mankind across a span of history and through the words of numerous faithful witnesses, the Bible contains precious ad valuable principles worthy to inform the ethics of our lives, our families, the church, and our society.
D) We believe that the primary message of God’s word is his gospel, a message available for all the world. We believe that God loves the people He made to bear His image. We believe mankind is fallen and that God desires to redeem mankind from their fallen state and restore us to everlasting life as sons and daughters, with Him as our heavenly Father. We believe that the message about God and this involvement with the people he chose to redeem is the fundamental storyline of the Bible.
E) We believe that the mission of the church is to bear witness to God’s law and gospel in our words and deeds. We accomplish this through baptism, communion, weddings and funerals. We further accomplish this through our regular worship, prayer, study and outreach. We are called to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ to those who don’t know Him. We are commanded to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
F) Additional details of our doctrines leave room for sincere, Biblical inquiry in accordance with the history of Congregationalism. Although our doctrine largely coincides with the historic creeds and catechisms affirmed by most early Congregationalists, we affirm the maxim: In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.