WHAT WE BELIEVE
Westminster Chapel’s Mission Statement:
We exist to lead people into loving and life-changing relationships with God and each other.
What We Believe
God spoke creation and mankind into being. He works patiently and deeply, but often in hidden ways, in the mess of our humanity and history. The Bible is not only written about us but to us and in its pages we become insiders to a conversation in which God uses words to form and bless us, to teach and guide us, or to inspire and challenge us. It invites our participation in the work and language of God. His Word is a personal address – inviting, commanding, challenging, comforting, directing – not coercing. He gives us the space and freedom to respond and enter into conversation.
Jesus is God revealing himself to us and through His Holy Spirit; God lives in and through us. Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God and faith is how to grow in that relationship. The resurrection of Jesus provides us with eternal life – this life is not the end but the beginning. History is not meaningless but moving towards a glorious climax – Jesus is coming again.
The church is to serve others like Jesus served.
Westminster Chapel is made up of people from several different denominations who hold to a common purpose and statement of faith. We refer to ourselves as a Christ-centered, non-denominational church.
Statement of Faith/Doctrine
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being verbally inspired by God and completely inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate.
We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal, premillenial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God, a relationship in which they are eternally secure.
We believe that all who are born of the Holy Spirit belong to the one true Church, the Body of Christ.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment
of the lost.
Statement of Practice
We believe that God created men and women equal and unique. Both are co-heirs in the grace and forgiveness of God with access by grace through faith to all the gifts God has given through His Son.
We believe that God created the unique covenant of marriage as a life-long commitment between one man and one woman.
We believe that God established local authority in the form of godly and qualified elders. The church functions best when the members exist under the authority of biblical eldership.
OUR FAMILY VALUES
We are a worshipping family, therefore we value creating sacred space where we encounter the character, wonder and mystery of God.
We are a diverse family, therefore we value uniting diverse people to glorify God through the oneness of spirit and purpose.
We are a loving family, therefore we value cultivating loving relationships as the primary pathway for a spiritual transformation.
We are a growing family, therefore we value communicating God’s unchanging Word.
We are a grace-filled family, therefore we value reaching lost people and leading them to faith in Christ and relationship within family.
We are a lasting family, therefore we value investing in emerging leaders who will influence the world for generations to come.
Ephesians 3-4; 1 Timothy 5; I Corinthians 12:12-26