The Bible is God’s message to human beings (God’s Word). Guided by the Holy Spirit men and women wrote and preserved the message God intended us to have – a message that reveals God and God’s plan of reconciling the world to Himself, and teaches us how we are to live as citizens of God’s kingdom and participants in God’s ministry of reconciliation. As God’s Word, the Bible is the “only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct” (from Covenant Affirmations).
Salvation is in and through Christ. We can be sure of our new life (here and now) and our entrance into eternal life by receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Jesus died for our sins and the sins of the world, rose from the dead, and will return as King and Lord. In and through Christ we are forgiven, made new, and empowered to serve the Lord.
The church is open to all believers. The church consists of all who confess Jesus as Savior and follow Jesus as Lord. The church is God’s chosen instrument to bring about God’s peace, love, justice and mercy to the world. To this end, we build one another up in love, spread the good news of Jesus Christ, and serve the world around us in Jesus’ name. However, it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us that we are able to carry out the mission of the church.
While affirming the basic truths of the Christian faith as declared in the historical creeds of the church (such as the Apostle’s Creed), we value the freedom we have in Christ to differ and to disagree. In humility, sincerity, and love, we give priority to our unity in Christ and seek understanding and acceptance when it comes to lesser matters of faith.