Values & Beliefs






VALUES

The Bible (God's Word)

The authority of the Bible is our guide for all faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16; James 1:22).


The Gospel (God's News)

The Gospel is God's message of good news that Jesus came to live, die, and rise again for the forgiveness of sin and the renewal of all things (Romans 1:16-17). The Gospel is the single most powerful agent of change in the universe and is for everyone.


The Kingdom (God's Power)

Jesus came proclaiming and demonstrating the kingdom of God (His rule and reign) while on earth. He told His followers to do the same (Luke 9:1-2, 6).


Mission (God's Heart)

The mission of the Church is to glorify God by making disciples (Matthew 28:18-19). God sends His people, the Church, on His mission in their context (John 20:21).


Community (God's Plan)

We were made for community. We worship a triune God who has eternally existed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Because of this, we recognize that God is communal. Since mankind was created in His image (Genesis 1:27), we have also been designed for community (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26).


Multiplication (God's Design)

Healthy things grow (Genesis 1:22, 28). Multiplication is the natural function or outworking of the Gospel. Multiplication is not just a good thing, but it's actually a sign of health in the lives of individual Christians and in the Church. A healthy church is a church that multiplies itself, just as a healthy Christian is one who is reproducing themselves spiritually by discipling others (Acts 6:1, 7; 9:31).



BELIEFS

The following Statement of Basic Belief represents the core orthodox beliefs of the Church from a biblical and historical perspective:


We believe that the Scriptures are true, authoritative, and sufficient (2 Timothy 3:16).


We believe that there is only one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; John 17:3).


We believe in the unity of the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that they are three distinct persons, of one substance, and equal in power and authority (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:13-17).


We believe that we, along with all of humanity (Christ excluded), are sinners by nature and choice (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3, 1 John 1:8-10) and that the deserved penalty for our sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:19; Romans 5:12-14, 6:23; James 1:14-15).


We believe that Jesus Christ is exactly who He claimed to be as the eternal Son of God, born of a virgin, both fully God and fully human, and without sin. We believe that in His first coming, Jesus inaugurated the fulfillment of the kingdom of God (Matthew 1:20; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).


We believe that Jesus Christ was crucified, suffered, and died as a substitute to pay the penalty for our sin (John 1:29, 10:1-18; Romans 5:8).


We believe that Jesus Christ physically overcame death, rose from the grave, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of the Father (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:19; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).


We believe that Jesus Christ will one day physically return to earth to bring about the consummation of the kingdom of God and to judge the living and the dead (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 2 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 1:7).


We believe that only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can we be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)