We believe that there is one God who is the creator of all, eternally existing in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father as revealed to us in the scriptures.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin. We believe Jesus is the fullest statement of God’s redemptive work in and for creation. He is the first fruit of New Creation. In Jesus we see the fullness and exact representation of God.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who is at work in the world awakening humanity to God and leading them to new life in Christ. To those who are in Christ, the gift of the Spirit is given to enable Godly living, to lead and to guide believers into Truth.
All of God’s human creatures have an innate sense of dignity, value and worth because they have been created in God’s image. Humanity has, to lesser and greater degrees, abandoned their creational responsibility to embody that image as God intended. As sons of Adam and daughters of Eve all of humanity is in need of redemption. The Bible speaks of this reality as sin.
The multifaceted aspects of salvation are found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
God’s answer to the fall of Humanity is covenant relationship with His people, Israel. Coming from the lineage of Israel, Jesus was the Israel that God always wanted. He took Israel’s role and vocation in the world upon Himself and in doing so, redefined God’s people in relation to himself. Instead of participating in God’s family in and through Israel, believers do so now in and through Christ.
In death, Jesus substituted himself, paying for the sin of the world, ransoming humanity and creation back from the enemy, asserting his power, and ensuring victory over sin, death and Satan.
Jesus’ resurrection from the grave inaugurated the New Creation. Jesus is the first human to experience what God desires to do for all humanity and will do for those in Christ; new, redeemed resurrected bodies, living reconciled to their Creator, each other, and the world.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe in the inspiration and authority of the Bible which is the story of God’s redemptive action in the world culminating in Christ.
We believe in one church whose head is Jesus Christ. We believe the Church is comprised of those who have trusted Christ in faith for salvation, and who are now invited to participate with God in His mission of redeeming creation. The Church gathers together for encouragement, worship, and to remember and retell the story of God. The Church exists for the world and works to bring the values of God’s coming kingdom to bear in the world here and now.
We believe the church should regularly participate in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. As a member church in the Evangelical Covenant, we will baptize both infants and adults based on their theology and convictions surrounding baptism. Communion at Awaken is an open table for any and all who want to receive it. If in fact the presence of God is mediated through the sacrament of Communion, then we will not deny it to anyone who wants to receive it.
We believe Jesus will return to establish his eternal kingdom and new world in which the hopes and dreams of God for creation will be fully realized. The scriptures speak of “New Creation” where the repair of God’s broken world will be fully realized when Jesus’ kingdom is fully revealed. Evil will be judged and vanquished forever, and God’s redeemed humanity will worship their Creator face to face for all eternity.