Jesus Christ is the heart and center of our faith! We believe God revealed Himself most fully in the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. The core of our faith is expressed in First Corinthians 15:3-8: Christ died for our sins, was buried, and three days later rose from the dead. His resurrection was validated by His appearance to hundreds of people who witnessed the resurrected Christ. When we put our faith in Jesus and follow Him, we experience a new quality of life, a new relationship with God, the forgiveness of our sins, and the promise of eternal life with God.
While we hold to these core beliefs of historic Christianity, we also allow for differences of opinion on matters that are not central to the faith – like what we believe about infant baptism, or how often we take communion. We encourage people to do their own thinking, as long as we hold to the fundamental truths of the Christian faith.
The imagery of the lion and the lamb helps describe the kind of Jesus we follow. In the New Testament Jesus is called the "lion of Judah." Jesus fulfilled the prophecy that the Savior of the world would be descended from Israel's tribe of Judah. A lion represents strength and power. We worship Jesus as the Lord of all creation, the one who conquers evil and death for us. One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). He is King of kings and Lord of lords, and He shall reign forever and ever!
But the New Testament also describes Jesus as a lamb - the Lamb of God. This portrait of Jesus picks up on the tenderness and gentleness of Jesus. He loves and cares for each of us. Jesus said, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29). There are times in life when we need strength beyond our own, God's healing and sustaining power. We find this when we lean on Jesus and trust Him.