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We believe that God desires a personal relationship with each person, and chose to make such a connection possible by being revealed in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This revelation, and the continuing presence of God in Christ through the Holy Spirit in the world today, is the foundation of our faith, identity, mission, message, and beliefs.  In Jesus, we find hope, transformation, peace, and a call to engage the world in love.  This gift of abundant life is available to all those who follow Jesus and place him at the center of their faith and lives.

Jesus teaches us a new way to be human, centered in our relationship with God.  He taught his followers to love God, to love their neighbors, and to love their enemies.  By eating with sinners, serving the poor, healing the unclean, blessing children, and welcoming women and men as equals among his disciples, Jesus declared that all people are of worth in the sight of God.  The message of Jesus is lived today as we invite ALL people to “come and see” the good news that Jesus can bring to our lives and, through us, to the world.

In Jesus, we are made one.

In Jesus, we find our purpose and mission.

In Jesus, we find peace for the journey and hope for the future.

In Jesus, we find new life in the light of God’s love.

 

We Share…The Mission of Christ

In Luke 4: 18 – 19, Jesus proclaimed his mission when he read from the writings of Isaiah:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Jesus is anointed for a divine mission:

  • Evangelism — sent to proclaim good news and invite others to join him in mission
  • Compassionate ministries — reaching the brokenhearted, the suffering, and those who need hope and Christ’s peace
  • Justice and peacemaking — release those held captive by unjust systems and the circumstances of life that devalue the worth of any person

When we decide to follow Jesus as disciples, we make his mission our own.

 

We Share…The Peace of Christ

Sharing the peace of Jesus Christ involves generously and compassionately offering witness, ministry, sacraments, and community life that reconciles and restores to right or righteous relationships with God, themselves, others, and creation.  This holistic approach to proclaiming and demonstrating the gospel is faithful to our best understanding of God’s will.

For he [Jesus Christ] is our peace, in his flesh he has made both groups into one, and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility…So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.  ~ Ephesians 2: 14, 17 (NRSV)

Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God’s shalom, invites all people to come and receive divine peace in the midst of the difficult questions and struggles of life. Follow Christ in the way that leads to God’s peace and discover the blessings of all of the dimensions of salvation.  ~ Doctrine & Covenants 163: 2a

 

Beliefs About Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, the Word made flesh, the Savior of the world, fully human and fully divine.  Through Jesus’ life and ministry, death and resurrection, God reconciles the world and breaks down the walls that divide.

The gospel is the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ: forgiveness of sin, and healing from separation, brokenness, and the power of violence and death.  This healing is for individuals, human societies, and all of creation.  We experience salvation through Jesus Christ, but affirm that God’s grace has no bounds, and God’s love is greater than we can know.

Christ is risen!  Thus we believe that God is God of life, not of death.  By faith we share in eternal life even now.  In Christ, God’s love finally will overcome all that demeans and degrades the creation, even death itself.

 

We invite you to consider learning more about Jesus and the journey of discipleship.  Find more:

 

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