OUR BELIEFS

CHURCH COVENANT

“Acknowledging Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Lord, and accepting the Holy Scriptures as our rule of faith and practice, and recognizing the privilege and duty of uniting ourselves for Christian fellowship, the enjoyment of Christian ordinances, the public worship of God, and the advancement of His Kingdom in this world, we do now, in the sight of God and invoking His blessing, solemnly covenant and agree with each other to associate ourselves to be a church of our Lord Jesus Christ, as warranted by the Word of God.


“We agree to maintain the institutions of the Gospel, to submit ourselves to the orderly administration of the affairs of the church and to walk together in brotherly love.


“And this we do depending upon the aid of our heavenly Father, Who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for our salvation, and of Jesus Christ Who hath redeemed us with His blood, and of the Holy Spirit our Comforter and Guide.”   -1731


OUR BELIEFS

Our theological values represent the core aspects of historical faith that have guided the church through the centuries, expressed in the great creeds of the church.  The Apostle’s Creed and The Stanwich Church Covenant (circa 1731) are our guiding documents.  In an expression of the unity of the church in Jesus Christ, we choose to identify ourselves with six principle theological values:

THE WORD OF GOD

The Holy Scriptures are our guide for all of life and activity of the church.  

We believe that the Bible is the living Word of God and our rule for faith and practice.


THE HOLY TRINITY

We believe that God is One, existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus is Lord and the head of the church.  

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that all spiritual fruitfulness is a result of the work of the Holy Spirit in our individual lives, the life of the church, and the life of our community.  We choose to exercise church life and ministry in recognition of this dependence.

THE HUMAN NEED FOR A SAVIOR

We believe that humans are born in rebellion to God due to a sin nature that has been our reality since the Fall.  

We believe that God is the first initiator in restoring that relationship through Jesus Christ.

THE CHURCH AS GOD’S VISIBLE PRESENCE IN THE WORLD

The Church is the body of Christ.  God manifests Himself in multiple ways but His primary instrument on earth is the Church.  We must live out our identity as the body of Christ to be a reflection of His presence in this world.