What We Believe
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth
We can see the awesome and amazing qualities of God all around us. The incredible detail of small birds - colors, as if hand painted. The breathtaking beauty of the hills and valleys that surround our own Southwick. The incredible complexity and uniqueness of ourselves. It all carries the fingerprints of God who gives of life.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord
Jesus was not just a wonderful and kind teacher who lived a long time ago. He came as God's answer for the entire world. His life showed us what God is like. His death and rising from the dead are God's solution for the life for which every heart longs. Jesus is alive today. He does more than enhance the life that we have known. He is the connection to God that leads us into more than we could have ever asked or imagined.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
God's Spirit is the way God is present with us today. The Spirit is the difference between trying hard to be religious and experiencing God's power shaping our lives in marvelous ways. When we come together to worship, it is the Spirit that does something within us to experience the awe of being in God's presence. When we leave to go back to home, school, or work, it is the Spirit that gives us the deep connection to God that gives us the ability to be and do all that God inspires within us. If you want to know more about what we believe or find out more about the difference a relationship to Jesus can make in your life, drop us a note! We will be glad to be of help.
The importance of the Scriptures
Aside from the way God is made known to us in Jesus, the Bible is the most complete way that God has revealed the way to life for us. Sometimes it gives us encouragement; other times, it confronts us on the areas where we need to change. Sometimes the message of the Bible can be hard to understand. For that reason we work together to study and understand it, and support each other in following the truth that it shows us.
One of the ways that God makes himself known to us is through special events called sacraments. The two primary sacraments are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. In Baptism, we are adopted as God's children, a relationship that becomes deeper and more developed over our entire lives. In the Holy Eucharist, we are refreshed by the deep connection to Christ through the Bread and Wine we receive.
All the gifts of God, including the commitments we make in our Baptism, are freely given by God who loves us more than we can imagine. At the same time, while God's promises are guaranteed to us, they are not automatic. Our response, even small commitments based on our faith, are important to us in developing lives as faithful followers of Christ.