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What We Believe

Christ Church is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, whose motto is: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” These essentials are rooted in both the Protestant reformation and two ancient creeds held by Christians around the world and for many centuries: the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed.

We believe: In God, the Father Almighty

Along with Christians around the world and throughout history, we at Christ Church believe:

  • The Bible tells the story of the triune, holy God and His people throughout history.
  • God created everything good, appointing human beings to bear His image and develop the raw materials of the world (wheat, grapes, cotton, wood) into culture: bread, wine and paper; art, buildings and cities.
  • The earliest people rebelled against God as their maker, choosing to become their own masters. Christians often call this rupture “the Fall.”
  • Human rebellion alienated us from God and corrupted every part of His good creation, leading to disease, death, relational brokenness, painful work and every individual and systemic evil in human history.
  • Every person still bears the marks of God’s original, good intent, but has been born into a broken system that we both suffer from and perpetuate. Christians often refer to this as our “sin” nature, or propensity to wrong God, ourselves and others, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
  • God is the Almighty Creator, and he is our Father, which means that his infinite power is governed by and in service of his love for us.

We believe: In Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord

Along with Christians around the world and throughout history, we at Christ Church believe:

  • God promised a way to restore humanity’s broken relationship with Him and renew all of creation.
  • Through the person of Jesus, a Jewish man born during Roman occupation, God entered human history and became someone who ate, slept, cried and shed blood. Christians believe Jesus’ claim, repeated throughout His brief life, that, while fully human, He was also the fully divine Son of God. We sometimes call this mystery the “incarnation” and describe it with the words, “conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.”
  • Jesus was the only person who ever lived a perfect life without sin.
  • Because of his claim to be both human and God, Jesus was sentenced to die on a Roman cross while still in his early 30s. This death was a substitution to atone for our sins.
  • Three days after his execution, Jesus rose again from the grave, leaving behind an empty tomb that shocked his followers. Every generation of Christians has wrestled with the resurrection and anchored our faith on it. “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins,” the apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15. “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
  • Jesus’ life, death and resurrection fulfilled God’s promise of future salvation and redemption. God freely offers that salvation to all who believe in Jesus. “By grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast,” Paul wrote in Ephesians 2.
  • Jesus will return to earth at the end of history, to judge the world and complete God’s restoration of all creation.

We believe: In the Holy Spirit

Along with Christians around the world and throughout history, we at Christ Church believe:

  • Jesus ascended to heaven and sent the third person of the triune God, whom Christians call the Holy Spirit, to help believers serve and obey Jesus until his return to earth at the end of history.
  • The Holy Spirit works to instruct, encourage and unify all Christians into a community the Bible calls “the body of Christ.”
  • The body of Christ includes all Christians — no follower of Jesus is an island. We need each other to learn and grow.
  • The body of Christ needs all its parts to function. God has given each person different gifts and perspectives to help us work together as one. Because of that, we should expect and seek diversity in the church. A group of toes or ears can’t do the work of a body. “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many,” Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12. “If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted us to be.”
  • Jesus will return to earth at the end of time, to judge the world and complete God’s restoration of all creation.
  • All who have believed in Jesus will rise from the dead when He comes again, and God will once again dwell with his people on earth. “They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelations 21:3b-4).