STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God.
Men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to record precisely the words that God intended. It is without error in the original writings. The Bible is God’s complete written revelation of Himself and His will for the salvation of humankind, and is the final authority for Christian faith and life.
We believe in one living and true God, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three equal persons – God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
These three are identical in essence while distinct in office and activity. God is a personal, spiritual, and intelligent Being, the Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe.
The Person & Work of God the Father
We believe God the Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of human history according to His purpose and grace.
In His nature He is completely holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, eternal, transcendent, immutable, self-sufficient, self-existent, wrathful, just, gracious, good, merciful and loving. He is the sender of His only Son, Jesus Christ. As the Father of the elect, He is their provider, disciplinarian, and restorer.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who became a man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He lived a perfect life and died on the cross as a substitutionary atonement for our sins. Our salvation is guaranteed by His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead. He is now exalted in heaven at the right hand of God the Father, where He ministers as High Priest for His people. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.
The Person & Work of Jesus Christ
The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of God the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
He convicts people of sin, and gives life to the spiritually dead, who receive Jesus Christ as Savior, baptizing them at the moment of faith into the Church. He permanently indwells believers and bestows on them spiritual gifts. He leads, instructs, and empowers them for godly living and service. As they learn more about Him and His work through the Scriptures, pray, and yield to Him (allow Him to direct and control their thoughts, words, and actions), He beautifies their character with the fruit of the Spirit and transforms them into the image of Christ.
Man’s Creation & Fall
We believe that all things in heaven and on earth were created by God and exist by His power and for His glory.
We believe that humankind was created innocent and in the image of God, but that they sinned, bringing both spiritual and physical death to themselves and their posterity. While still made in God’s image, humankind has inherited a sinful nature and is incapable of redeeming themselves. All human life is sacred, in that God created humankind in his own image, and that Christ died for all humankind; therefore, every human being, born and unborn, young and old, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union.
We believe that every person is lost in sin apart from Christ and in need of a Savior. Jesus Christ died as a full and sufficient payment for the sins of the entire world, and His shed blood is the only provision by which an individual may be delivered from the wrath of God. We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by humankind only through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that humankind is justified by grace through faith alone, apart from human merit or works. We believe that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever.
Baptism & the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which are to be observed by believers until he returns.
We believe that water baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
It is an act of obedience publicly announcing and symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death by which He established the New Covenant, the elements being symbols of His body and blood.
Every Christian has a right and an obligation to partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that the true, universal church is made up of all who have saving faith in Jesus Christ.
The believer is placed into the church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit, and is thus a part of the Body of Christ of which Jesus is the Head. We believe that the church, as defined by the New Testament, is distinct from Israel (“God’s chosen people”, as defined in the Old and New Testaments).
We believe that the true, universal church is comprised of local, visible assemblies of professing believers in Jesus Christ, who are voluntarily joined together in one place for the purposes of worship of God, prayer, the exposition of Scripture, the discipling and equipping of the saved, evangelism of the lost, fellowship, and the carrying out of that congregation’s ministries of such other purposes as are specified in the Scriptures for a New Testament Church. We believe that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
Acts 2:1-4, 11:16-17; Romans 11; 1 Corinthians 10:32, 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5; Ephesians 4:11-16, 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 2:5, 9
Events of the End Times
We believe in the personal, physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory. He will restore the created world by establishing the new heavens and new earth, where the glorious presence of God will ‘cover the earth as the waters cover the sea’. He will consummate the kingdom of God once for all where perfect peace and justice will reign forever and ever.
We believe that every person will be raised from the dead. Believers will receive a glorified resurrection body and will live with God in everlasting blessedness and joy. We believe that every unbeliever will be punished with everlasting, conscious torment away from the presence of the Lord. Believers will be raised to stand for evaluation at the judgment seat of Christ to determine rewards based on their faithfulness and obedience to God.
To lead people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
God’s grace changing lives.
God’s grace is his unmerited favor toward people. God’s grace alone changes lives. Through faith in Jesus Christ, God lovingly provides believers every spiritual blessing in life. (Ephesians 2:4-10, Romans 11:5-6)
God’s grace both enables people to come to a saving faith as well as to grow into a mature disciple of Christ. Therefore his expression of grace is continual, and has the capacity to change lives continually as we submit to his will. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the influence of God’s grace should never stop changing believers’ lives as they experience sanctification – the progressive work of God that makes us more and more free from sin and more like Christ. (Colossians 1:28-29, Acts 4:33, 2 Peter 3:18)
Our vision statement means that by God’s grace, we hope to see people in our community saved by God’s grace and the life of everyone in our church conformed to the image of Jesus as they love God, live in community, and serve the world. (Mark 12:30, John 13:34-35, Acts 2:42-47)
Further, believers are instruments of God’s grace, so we have a role as God allows us to be his partners in extending his grace to people in our church as well as around the world. (Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 4:10, 2 Timothy 2:2, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 22:36-40, Acts 4:32-35)
Grace | the goodness and power of God to change anyone’s life (Ephesians 2:8)
God is at work in our church! His grace is changing lives. His undeserved favor and power is equally available to each person no matter what they’re like. No one is beyond His ability to save. In fact the most desperate are often the closest to His salvation. This is completely different from religion with its emphasis on traditions, rules and human accomplishment, which have turned so many off to church life. This great news makes us the hope of the world!
Humility | being outshined by God and others (Philippians 2:3)
The focus in our church is on God’s work, not ours. We consider everyone else to be more important than ourselves, no matter who they are. We regularly admit our weaknesses, mistakes and sins, and acknowledge our dependence on God in prayer. We don’t take the credit or act differently when God greatly uses us. We hate pride in all its various forms. At our best, we are jars of clay filled with the treasure of God’s powerful grace.
Teamwork | believing that we can do more together than we can on our own. (1 Corinthians 12:14)
Our church will be governed by Jesus Christ through a plurality of leaders. Their complementary gifts are crucial to lead the church well. Our elders, staff and key ministries will not be dominated by any individuals. We will trust the Lord to guide us through the miraculous unity of consensus. This will require healthy relationships between the members of each leadership team.
Spiritual Growth Path
Experience and worship God on your own every day and together with the church on Sundays. (Mark 12:30)
Live in Community
Grow with a group of Christians in a community group by studying the Bible and encouraging one another in the faith. (John 13:34)
Serve the World
Use your spiritual gifts to spread God’s Grace and His message of salvation to your world. (1 Peter 4:10)