WHAT WE BELIEVE, VALUE AND ENVISION
We want to be a healing community of hope for all people.
And so: We envision a church where people grow in their relationship with Jesus and that relationship motivates all that they do. We dream of a church where people have surrendered to the authority of Jesus and want other people to be in relationship with him also. We see a church doing everything they can to equip parents to fulfill their God-given responsibility to lead their children into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. We desire a church where people understand their role on God’s team and do their part to fulfill His mission. We believe in a church where people are so moved by what God is doing that they invest generously of their time, talents, and financial resources to build God’s kingdom—locally and globally. We strive for a church where people are devoted to the word of God, to prayer, the empowering of the Holy Spirit and understand the call to grow together in small groups that value accountability.
We value clear biblical teaching.
God has spoken clearly through the words of the Bible and everything we need to grow in our relationship with Jesus is found in it. People growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ will seek to know Him better through regular communion with Him in His word. We believe that clear biblical teaching is the catalyst for transformation in individuals’ lives and in the church. This includes the concept of teaching for life change. Therefore, everything we do is grounded or supported by scripture.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
We are passionate about reaching those far from God.
God is passionate about those far from Him and so are we. We are not a church that simply exists for ourselves. We exist for others. We look beyond the walls of our church to serve and minister to all people, demonstrating to them the love of Christ. We will do anything short of sinning to reach people far from God. While our mission and our message never change, we will constantly re-evaluate and change our methods, in order to reach more people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.
Luke 15, Luke 19:5-10, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 28:19
We value worship that flows from whole-hearted devotion to Jesus.
As the Body of Christ, we are called to gather together as a family to worship. This is important, but worship is not just a corporate experience, it is also an individual experience. Yet it is NOT confined to what we do in church or in our own private lives. The true worshiper is captivated by God for who He is and what He has done and the appropriate response is surrender to Him. Therefore, true worship is lived out daily in what we say and how we live because love is a greater measurement of devotion.
Psalm 150; John 4:23; Romans 12:1-2; Revelation 7:9-12, Hebrews 10:25
We care about the poor and hurting.
God cares about the poor and hurting, and so should we. We’re committed to loving the broken and getting our hands dirty through meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in both our community and around the world. The poor, the socially awkward, the addicts, the orphan, the rejected, and those who cannot care for themselves are who the church is called to love and look after. We are called to love the unloved, for that is precisely what Christ did. Jesus also loved the rich and the wealthy, but by reading the Gospels, it is difficult to deny that Christ apparently spent the majority of his time focused on those individuals in whom society placed little value.
Leviticus 25:25-39; Deuteronomy 15:7; Proverbs 14:31; Ezekiel 16:49; Luke 4:18; Luke 6:20; Matthew 25:35; James 2:2-6; 1 John 3:17-18
We believe we can accomplish infinitely more together than apart.
We believe that God has given every believer unique gifts that are to be used to honor and glorify Him. Each member of the body of believers must be using his gifts in order for the Church to be effective at ministering to the world.
1 Corinthians 12: 4-30; Romans 12: 4-8; 1 Peter 4: 10-11; Ephesians 4: 11-16
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
We are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, everyone is marred by an attitude of rebellion toward God called sin. Sin separates people from God.
People are created to exist forever. Every person will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory where He is the only Mediator between God and people, and will return again to earth. He will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. Men and women can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from sin’s penalty. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its full consummation.
About God’s Dependability
Because God gives men and women eternal life through Jesus Christ, and adopts them as His own, salvation is received and maintained by the grace and power of God—not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives believers the assurance of salvation. No power in the universe can separate God’s children from Him.
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
About the Bible
We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We believe the Holy Spirit guided and directed human authors to create God’s written means of communication with us, which reveals God’s love and plan to be in relationship with all of humanity. The Bible is God’s blueprint for living the Christian life and is our source for faith and practice.
About Faith and Practice
Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.