Passionately we live out our love for God and our love for one another in three different arenas: in our church community, in our local community and in our global community.
It's all about relationships: our relationship with God and with one another. Together we take what we have been given and reach out beyond ourselves, striving in all arenas of life to do justice, love mercy, and come together with a humble heart before God and one another.
In Our Church Community
We work to connect with people on our campus: to transform and strengthen each other in relationship with God. This enables all of us to do a better job loving God and loving one another, reaching out beyond ourselves – both individually and corporately. Building relationships in our church community enriches our lives and provides us with purpose, direction, and support, especially in times of change or need.
In Our Local Community
No matter what a person’s circumstances, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Together we can be the heart and hands of Christ, offering the skills, knowledge and assistance people in our community need to lead healthy and productive lives.
We enjoy our partnerships with local community groups and individuals, from providing space for outside groups, to Messiah Fine Arts: our community theater production, to being a home for hundreds of children in Preschool and Vacation Bible School. You don't need to be a member of Messiah's church community to be a part of our ministries within our local community.
If you have an idea how we can connect locally with your organization, or with any local community group, contact us.
In Our Global Community
Following Jesus means solidarity with the poor and the oppressed. We promote human transformation and seek justice as we identify with the poor, the powerless, the afflicted and the marginalized. This finds its most humble expression in our concern and care for children and widows, especially in the developing world.
Our church is also enriched by travel and trips all over the world. In 2015, a group journeyed to Germany for two weeks to follow the path of the Protestant Reformation and German church reformer Martin Luther. We provide many opportunities for global travel, from Africa to Europe to the Holy Land, and these trips are a great chance to have fun, make friends, and grow spiritually.
What We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are coequal and are one God.
Jesus is coequal with the Father/Creator and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead on Easter after three days in the tomb to demonstrate God's power over sin and death, and to demonstrate God's resurrection promise to all through Jesus. Jesus ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth, to reign as King.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father/Creator and the Son of God. The Spirit is present in the world and in all of us to make us aware of our need for Jesus. The Spirit provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what God intends for our lives. As Christians, we seek to live in harmony with God and with one another, by following the Spirit's lead for our lives.
About the Bible
The Bible was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living and loving. Because it is inspired by God, and it is Truth.
About Us & Sin
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like God in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, called "sin." Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.
We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness, can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved.
About Holy Baptism
We believe that God acts through water and the Word to make us part of God’s family. In Baptism we are claimed and named and given the power to act and live as children of God. We baptize infants, children and adults because we believe baptism is about God's grace to us—not about anything we've done to deserve it.
About Holy Communion
The presence of Jesus comes to us in, with, and under the bread and cup of Holy Communion. When we celebrate this meal, Christ's love and forgiveness are given personally to each one of us.
You do not have to be a member of our church or our denomination to participate in Holy Communion at Messiah. Communion is celebrated the first and third Sunday of each month at all three services. We use grape juice so every teen and adult will feel welcome and gluten-free wafers are available. If you have questions about communion, a child's First Communion, or if you've never received Holy Communion before—don't hesitate to ask.
About Being a Follower of Christ
To trust in Christ is to follow Christ. To follow Christ is to love the world sacrificially, to serve others joyfully, and to proclaim the Gospel boldly to all peoples.