Our community is made up of many types of people from differing religious and traditional backgrounds who share a common love and passion for Jesus. As a church we celebrate the theological diversity of our community. Some of us are conservative, some are not. Some of us love the church, some have been burned. Some of us are seekers, others of us are fully committed followers. These things might be important, but they’re not what’s most important. Our core beliefs about Jesus and what it means to be the church are what holds us together as a community. This is expressed in the following way: “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things charity.”
The Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed are ancient statements of belief that the church has used in many places and times to articulate the essentials of the Christian faith. We affirm these beautiful creeds as a summary of our faith:
The Apostles Creed
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the one holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, The Son of God, the only begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages.
Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, through whom all things were made.
Who for us and for our salvation, came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.
And he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried, and He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. His Kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father,
who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who spoke through the prophets.
And I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I expect the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the age to come. Amen.