WHAT WE BELIEVE

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CHRISTIAN


We hold to essential Christian beliefs that are found in the classic creeds of the church, such as the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed.  Here’s what the Apostles’ Creed says:


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

And born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day, He rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

And is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

The holy catholic [or ‘universal’] Church,

The communion of saints,

The forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body,

And the life everlasting. Amen.

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EVANGELICAL


We believe that the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus is good news for all. Knowing and following him is core to our identity as people and shapes the way we live in God's world.

We believe that God wants others of different ages and various backgrounds to know and follow Jesus as well. And so, we hope that others would know Jesus through our words and actions, and would seek to follow and live for him too.

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REFORMED


We hold to these five key phrases which arose out of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s, and which we consider to be essential to the Christian faith:


Scripture alone


Faith alone


Grace alone


Christ alone


Glory to God alone

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PRESBYTERIAN


We don’t really make a big deal about being Presbyterian, because we want people from all sorts of other church traditions (or no church traditions!) to feel comfortable growing as followers of Jesus with us. However, there are some things about our church that are Presbyterian distinctives. They include:

Having a group of ‘elders’ (volunteer leaders) who have leadership and oversight of the ministries and direction of our church; and

Accepting the Westminster Confession of Faith as a summary of the key Biblical teachings.