We believe that a statement of faith should not be used as a litmus test for fellowship, but as a way to provide a general reflection of the beliefs of our community. However, as a diverse and inclusive community, patiently working toward unity in the faith, not every statement reflects the beliefs of every individual.We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, was developed and compiled by inspired men and women within community; it should be contextualized for culture and used as our rule in matters of faith, doctrine, and practice.We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.We believe that God sent Jesus as Messiah and Lord to redeem mankind from bondage and initiate His plan to set all creation right.We believe that Jesus was conceived of by the Spirit of God, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under the civil and religious leaders of his day, was crucified, and was buried; that on the third day He arose again from the dead; that He ascended into Heaven; and that He sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.We believe that the death of Jesus atones for the sins of mankind. The atonement also provides deliverance and healing for those who believe in His name.We believe in justification through the faithfulness of Jesus and our faith in Him. And that this work of grace will set us apart as a dedicated community within the world.We believe that the gift of grace will produce good works and obedience to the teachings of Jesus ChristWe believe the church, the community of Jesus, to be the result of His first advent and that men and women are to be actively drawn into it through personal discipleship.We believe water baptism by immersion should be administered to believers only.We believe in the necessity of the new birth and that it comes through the regeneration by the Spirit of God and is accompanied by new tongues.We believe that Jesus will personally appear again. He will resurrect both the just and the unjust and establish the Kingdom of God on Earth.