The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, without error and the final authority on all matters pertaining to life. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) each possessing all the attributes of Deity.
God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God's saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God's saving grace—not human effort—and must be received personally by repentance and faith through baptism.
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplishes salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. He will return to earth to consummate history.
The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to the church. The church's role is to glorify God and serve those in need. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Those forgiven through Christ will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.
We are a Church of Christ. Primarily, we mean that we are a church that belongs first and solely to Jesus Christ. However, we are connected by beliefs and tradition to a larger group who call themselves the Church of Christ. The Churches of Christ have their immediate roots in the American Restoration Movement.
In the early nineteenth century, several independent movements began which longed for the unity of all Christians under the authority of Scripture. It was in this conviction that these groups of Christians sought to be just Christians. As these movements grew, they began encountering each other and united on the plea that Christians return to the Scripture as their source of faith and practice. They wanted to own no name but Christ's, and, as much as possible, to be like the earliest churches in organization, doctrine, faith, and zeal. They did not claim to be the only Christians, but they did claim to be Christians only.
While realizing that any attempt to become a church belonging to Christ will involve imperfection and human struggle, we share that hope and plea. We do not claim perfect understanding of the Bible, but we do long to be a church that belongs to Christ and is maturing in Him in every way. We, like other Churches of Christ, have no denominational organization to which we are accountable. We have elders, deacons, and other ministers to lead us; but we are convinced that all Christians are called to be ministers of Jesus according to their spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit.
Our Sunday Assembly
Each Sunday the church gathers together to focus on God as we attempt to encourage and spur one another on to love and good works (Hebrews 10:25). Following are descriptions in more detail of ways by which we attempt to accomplish this.
One of the first things you will notice is that our singing is largely congregational and unaccompanied by instrumental music. This method honors the historical traditions of our heritage in the Restoration movement tradition and the tradition of the Christian church for the first several centuries when they assembled together. Our singing is lead by a Praise Team that uses the talents of both men and women.
The proclamation of the good news of the gospel of Christ is an element of our assembly. Preaching is an opportunity to proclaim Jesus through a variety of Old and New Testament texts. The primary objective of preaching is not instructional but experiential. Our classes provide in-depth examination and instruction in Scripture. The objective of preaching is to help you hear and experience the promises and demands of the gospel in your contemporary situation.
The Lord's Supper
Each Sunday we share in the Lord's Supper. This is much more than custom. Jesus instituted this meal with His disciples on the night of His arrest as part of the Passover meal. Taking of the unleavened bread and "fruit of the vine" in remembrance of our Lord is His command and gift to us. In keeping this meal regularly, we find an opportunity for communion with our Lord and one another, an opportunity for reflection and transformation, and an opportunity to experience the death of Christ for us until He returns.
After many years of studying and prayerfully reflecting on women’s roles in our public gatherings, our church family concluded that part of being true to Scripture was to include women in various capacities while embracing unity and peace. The result is that both men and women share in the responsibilities of serving during our assembly through Communion, Bible Reading, Prayer and Testimony.
We believe that every Christian is gifted by the Holy Spirit for ministry. Ministry may include traditional services such as leadership, preaching, teaching children, serving the sick, or hospitality. These ministries also may be non-traditional and build upon the passion and interests God has given you. Ministry is done in every context in which the Christians find themselves, from the office to home to church. It is our desire to pray and discern with you the gifts of ministry God has given you for service in the church and the world.
There is nothing we can do to deserve or earn our relationship with God. It is a gift of God’s love. We receive this gift of grace through faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ. Faith involves confessing to others that you desire Jesus as your Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead as your Savior. Faith involves the changing of our heart and life to please God. Faith involves being immersed in water through baptism to personally share in Christ’s saving actions removing our sin, giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit and making us a part of God’s family.
Following New Testament and historical precedent, we practice adult immersion baptism only. Baptism is a "promise made to God from a good conscience" (I Peter 3:21). We urge all believers to be baptized as a public demonstration of their desire to put their faith in Jesus. For those who have not been baptized, we'd consider it a privilege to be a part of this important step in your spiritual journey.