What We Believe

There’s a God. Only one God, and He is the Creator of everything. We’re made in His image, which means we’re like him in many ways, except that He’s God and we’re not. He’s loving and just and desires a relationship with us. As individuals, we have the freedom to respond to the relationship God’s initiated with us, or not.

We’re free to choose to live outside the realm of the life God has for us as it’s explained in the Bible. Put another way, many choices we make either move us closer to God or further away from him. Making even seemingly small decisions that separate us from God is called sin. We all do it, and we’ll continue to do so. And, even then, God will love us and passionately pursue us.

God loves us so much, in fact, that He sent his only son, Jesus, to die so the rest of us could live. He also sent Jesus to show all of humanity a perfect picture of who and how God really is. The cost of sin was separation from God—spiritual death—until Jesus came to display God’s ultimate heart of forgiveness once and for all. That’s serious love. Because of that serious, perfect love, this gift from God is waiting for anyone who wants to receive it. This is called Grace. God gives grace freely and abundantly.

We believe that once someone catches a glimpse of God’s perfect love for them, that their natural response is a changed life. We believe that that transformation then spills over into their passions, home life, family, place of employment, and their community. We believe that God’s love changes things! (Romans 2:4)

As for us, we need only to decide whether or not to believe and receive this stuff. If we decide to believe it, we have available to us a new, full life that can start now and never stop. And it’s OK to have a lot of questions along the way. Although God reveals things to us, including what he’s revealed about himself in the Bible, he remains mysterious and wonderful.

Salvation

Salvation is God's gift to you if you'll accept it. We can never make up for our sin with self-improvement or good works. It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness that you can be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment you receive Jesus Christ into your life by faith. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)

God

The Trinity: God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He is infinitely perfect, all powerful, all knowing, and everything that He does to you and for you is for your ultimate good. He has eternally existed in three persons, referred to as The Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal parts of one God. (Genesis 1:1, 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14)

God The Father: We believe that the Father is Creator and Ruler of all. He is compassionate, loving and just toward all people and is faithful to keep His promises. He hears and answers prayers. God isn’t an angry judge… He is a loving Father. He calls all people to believe in Him and saves from sin and eternal death each person who comes to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. He has a purpose and a plan for your life. He sent Jesus into the Earth, not only to display His forgiveness, but to show us how to live and how to love…. and it was motivated by love. (Genesis 1; Matthew 7:7, 12:50; Ephesians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:4-5; Exodus 34:5-7)

Jesus Christ, the Son of God: He is co-equal with the Father. He came to earth fully God and fully man through a miraculous conception and virgin birth. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose boldly from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. We believe that Jesus Christ became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of the lost world. (Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5,14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13)

The Holy Spirit: He is equal with the Father and the Son as God. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, Counselor and Helper sent for believers. He lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit who reveals God’s truth to the world and indwells believers to empower them for Godly life and service. We believe in the diversity of gifts given by the Spirit for the common good of the church and that they are operating today. (John 14:15-17, 14:25-26, 15:26, 16:5-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; II Corinthians 3:17, I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18)

The Bible

The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible was given by God through chosen people and thus reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabulary of human writers. The Bible is the full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice. The Bible’s truth is timeless and speaks to our everyday lives. (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:19-21, II Timothy 1:13,Psalm 119:105, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5 Luke 21:33, 24:44; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12; ; 1 Peter 1:25)

The Table had a small group meeting in 2018 and described the Bible as this:

About Humans

Man is made in the image of God as the supreme object of God's creation and affection. God designed man to have fellowship with him, but man became alienated from God through sin, disobedience and unbelief. Jesus came to Earth to show us who and how God really is and to show us how to live and how to love. All of humanity is created on purpose and for a purpose and that is to love God and love people. We believe that the soul of a human will exist forever, either eternally with or without God. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Isaiah 59:1-2)

Church

We believe that all those, anywhere, who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord make up the one true Church. The purpose of a local church is to organize Christians to reach unbelievers with the message of salvation, serve as a corporate body for worship of God, provide fellowship for Christians with each other, develop the gifts and talents of Christians for ministry and outreach, and practice baptism and communion. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in these areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible. By adhering to God’s Word and seeking Him, we can best observe His greatest commandments, which are to love Him and others. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38-41, 42-47, 38-41; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24-25, 13:17; 1 Corinthians 8 & 9,10:23-11:1, 11:23-26, 12:12-13; Romans 12:2,14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Mark 12:29-31; Deuteronomy 6:5)

Faith and Practice

To know God personally

Christianity is not a religion or set of rituals, it is a relationship restored with the Creator of the universe that’s made possible by Jesus.

To discover purpose for their life

Every person was created on purpose and for a purpose. We feel that a significant part of the church’s responsibility is to help you discover your purpose.

To make a difference in the world

No one is meant to just take up space, but to impact the lives of those around them.

The life-giving message of Jesus Christ is that you can experience all of these things and it is our goal to help you do just that!