We believe that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3.16-17, NRSV). In the person of Jesus, God came to work for the salvation, redemption, and restoration of the whole of the created order.
We believe that God is sovereign. As we teach our children to sing, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”
We believe in God’s radical grace. We are forgiven and loved because of the grace of God. Of our own accord, we are not worthy; and that doesn’t matter – God loves and forgives us anyway.
We believe that we belong, body and soul, in life and in death, to Jesus (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 1).
We believe that the Scriptures are the Word of God and must be central to our lives and our teaching.
We believe that God calls us to live in gracious response to God’s love in ways that further the life-giving, redemptive work of God in this time and in this place.
We believe that, in Christ, all of the things that once divided us do so no longer.
As people who look at life through Reformed theological lenses, we hold to four historic confessions – each a faithful interpreter of Scripture that arises from its own unique context.
Our core values as a congregation are:
- Commitment to Scripture
- Commitment to the Stickney community
- Generous, gracious hospitality
- Lives of service; working for the common good.