“In essentials, we have unity. In non-essentials, we have liberty. In all things, we have charity”
John Wesley
 
What We Believe
 
THE TRINITY
We confess the historic teaching of the Christian Church that from the earliest days described the nature of God is found in the unity of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (also referred to as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer).
 
GOD
 We believe in one God who created the world and all that is in it. God is sovereign and Ruler of the Universe. We believe God loves and that we as humans can experience God’s love and grace.
 
 
JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus was fully human, that He lived as a man and died when He was crucified. We also believe that Jesus is fully divine – He is the Son of God. We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Jesus Christ we receive abundant life and the forgiveness of sins. We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
 
 
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us, that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will, guides and empowers us to live in obedience to God’s will for our lives and our world.
 
 
SALVATION
 We believe that all humanity stands in need of salvation. What does it mean to be saved and to be assured of salvation? It is to know that after feeling lost and alone, we have now been found by God. It is to know that after feeling worthless, we have been redeemed and given new worth. It is to experience a reunion with God. It is a healing of the alienation and estrangement that we have experienced. In salvation, we become whole. Salvation happens to us, both for our present lives and for the eternal life that is promised to believers. It is a new quality of life in unity and relationship with God, and life that begins not at death, but in the present.
 
 
GRACE
 Salvation cannot be earned. There’s no behavior, no matter how holy or righteous, by which we can achieve salvation. Rather, it’s the gift of a gracious God. By grace we mean God’s extraordinary love for us. In most of life we’re accustomed to earning approval from others. This is true at school, at work, in society, even at home. We may feel that we have to act “just so” to be liked or loved. But God’s love, or grace, is given without any regard for our goodness. It’s unmerited, unconditional, and unending love. Grace is God calling us home.
 
We believe that Jesus is, in himself, the manifestation of God’s grace. Through the incarnation, Jesus offers us the gift of gracious restoration of a proper relationship with God. God’s grace, as evidenced in Jesus, proclaims his victory over the power of sin and brokenness.
 
We believe that grace comes to us in three difference phases: as prevenient grace, justifying grace, and sanctifying grace. Prevenient grace is that grace that continually goes before us. This grace rains down upon all creation in God’s attempt to draw individuals back into relationship and back to wholeness. It is that first beckoning of God that calls us home, that woos us and that breaks into our lives before we even possess our own faith.
 
At the point that a person responds to God’s grace, and confesses his/her own “brokenness” and sin through surrender and acceptance of Christ as Savior, God’s justifying grace brings forth faith. It is this grace that looks upon us – guilty of sin as we are – but through God's love pronounces us now as “Not Guilty.”
 
 
SANCTIFICATION
When an individual places his or her trust in Jesus Christ as Savior, it also means that they profess Him as Lord. In short, this simply (but not easily) means that we surrender our will to what it is God wants us to do and to be. After that point of surrender, one’s life is influenced by the Spirit of God in a process led by sanctifying grace. It is the goal of this process that the believer becomes perfected in love. This “Christian perfection” does not imply that the Christian is perfect; however, it does suggest that the believer’s all-consuming love for God grows to overflow in an outpouring of love to our neighbor and to creation itself. In this act, the gap between humanity and the creation of God is closed and the relationship that the believer has with the Creator is restored to the Kingdom of God.