Statement of Faith

Sequoia is a non-denominational congregation that unites around the following beliefs of historic Christianity. We believe when these tenets are properly understood in light of Jesus' life and teaching, they must powerfully influence the way we serve God and others. 

God

We believe God is the creator of all things. We believe God is all loving, all knowing, and perfect in every way. We believe in one God who is everywhere at every time, and exists as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly referred to as the Trinity).

The Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word and authoritatively speaks into our lives. We uphold a high regard for both the Old and New Testaments, reading Scripture through the lens of relationship with Jesus.

Jesus

We believe God walked among us 2,000 years ago as the man called Jesus of Nazareth. We believe Jesus was both God and man. We believe Jesus lived a perfect life, sacrificed himself, and was raised bodily from the dead.

Holy Spirit

We believe we know God today through the Holy Spirit who draws people toward Jesus and challenges Christ-followers to live with godly character. The Spirit guides, instructs, and empowers us in our walk with God.

Church

We believe the Church is the entire collection of followers of Jesus. We are his Body, his Bride. We believe the local church is under the headship of Christ, and is governed autonomously by a team of elders.

Salvation

We believe we enter into a right relationship with God only through trusting in the work of Jesus on the cross to forgive us of sin. We can not earn this forgiveness through our efforts, it is the free gift of God’s grace to those who trust in Jesus.

Sacraments and Christian Living

We believe that water baptism of those who have professed faith in Jesus, as well as communion (the Lord's Supper) are practices to be observed by the church. They are important expressions of faith and our new life in Christ, but are not to be regarded as means of salvation. We believe it is crucial to grow in our understanding of God, and our ability to participate with his purposes in the world.