What drives us
As the family of God, we worship the Triune God, teach the truth of his word, and equip his people to reach the world.
The Bible teaches that all the benefits which God provides to us, including salvation, as being made possible as a gift of his grace – rather than as a result of any goodness in us or as a reward for doing anything to earn them. We believe that at the heart of this gospel is the grace of God, shown most clearly through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
To acknowledge the goodness of God and the value of his gifts to us, we have chosen to adopt the phrase, “Grace changes everything.” We trust you might see that God’s grace is our motivation, method, and means for all we do and seek to accomplish at the Kirk. This idea is most certainly expressed in Titus 2:11-14: "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."
We are continually learning how grace changes everything in our individual lives, and in our communal life. The following is a brief overview of how grace impacts our fellowship together:
• Grace changes how we WORSHIP: seeking to be Christ-centered and engaging.
• Grace changes how we CARE: seeking to serve one another as a loving and authentic congregation that welcomes all who come.
• Grace changes how we CONNECT: seeking to integrate every person into the community and the mission of our church.
• Grace changes how we ENGAGE: seeking to reach and transform our local community and the world with the hope of the gospel.
What defines us
We earnestly strive to follow Christ and His Apostles through the theology taught in the Bible.
We believe that the purest human expression of scriptural doctrines is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger Catechism and Shorter Catechism.
The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
All mankind participated in Adam's fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own amazing love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ.
Those sinners to whom the Spirit gives new life, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere as Christians to the end by His power to keep us.
Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
The goal of God's salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
At death the Christian's soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever's soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
Baptism is a sign of God's covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
Jesus Christ will return to earth visibly and bodily at a time when He is not expected, to call everyone to an account and fulfill and the eternal plan of God.
The Gospel of God's salvation in Jesus Christ must be proclaimed to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.