We are gospel-centric.
Our lives hang on the gospel (good news) of Jesus. Jesus’ incarnation, death, and resurrection are the key moments in time that define our identity as Christians. They fulfilled the promises to Israel, freed us from bondage to sin and death, and inaugurated the kingdom of God that will find its completion in the return of Christ. This gospel, more than any other message, has the power to transform lives. The teachings heard in our sanctuary and classrooms may spring from anywhere in the old and new testaments but, as Jesus is the fulfillment of all scripture, the message should be the gospel. Hearing it for the first or the thousandth time, the gospel has power to work in lives.
We are evangelical.
We believe in the necessity of a personal relationship with Christ. We receive the salvation of Jesus Christ when we confess that he is Lord and personally place our faith in him. Salvation is a miracle – a supernatural gift from God. Our faith is strengthened when, by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we continue to live as disciples of Christ in our personal and public lives.
We believe in the primacy of Scripture. The Bible is our supreme source of authority. We go to scripture to understand the nature of God and our relationship to Him. When questions or difficulties of interpretation arise (either personally or as a church), we rely on the historical church, present church leadership, and our community (both local and the communion of saints through time) to guide us to a truthful understanding of God’s words.
We believe in evangelism. One of our missions as Christians is to share the love and knowledge of Christ with those around us. This works itself out in myriad ways but is most often through conversation and prayer within personal relationships.
We are orthodox.
We believe in a historic theology. The creeds, prayers, and teachings of the historic Church guide our beliefs. We are organically connected to the Apostolic ministry of succession of Bishops, and the preservation of sacred tradition and practice of nearly 2000 years. God reveals Himself to his people throughout time and we rely on His historic revelation as the foundation of our theology.
We believe in the sanctity of worship. Our worship is liturgical which allows us to follow the life and faith of the Church and helps preserve the fullness of Christian revelation. We also follow the seasons of the church calendar to structure our worship around the life of Jesus Christ and connect us to those before and after us who celebrate the Christian faith. Our worship provides Word and Sacrament to those present. Jesus Christ is the Living Word, made present in the life of the Church through scripture and sacrament. Through holy scripture and the faithful teachings thereof, we are shown the nature and action of the triune God in the world. Through Sacrament (Eucharist, baptism, etc.) we are invited to physically, mysteriously, enter into Jesus’ saving acts in our lives.
We are inwardly focused.
We desire that all members of our parish live as disciples of Christ. Through teaching, sacraments, prayer, and relationships, we actively engage in building up the faith of our church community.
We believe it is important to live in community by cultivating authentic relationships with members of our parish. In times of joy and hardship, celebration and ordinariness, we strengthen one another in our walks of faith.
We are outwardly focused.
We are committed to serving the marginalized and spiritually poor in our community with our time and resources. We love because Christ first loved us. The gifts of love, grace, and forgiveness we have freely received from God enable us to offer those gifts to others. This engenders a mindset of hospitality that genuinely welcomes those on the outside into our community.