CORE VALUES AND MISSION
Christ-centered - Centering the church on Christ
Colossians 1:18 "Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything"
Biblical Authority - Obeying the authority + teachings of God's Word
2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right."
Genuine Worship - Worshipping God in spirit & truth
John 4:24 "For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Adventurous Faith - Asking & expecting great things from God
Ephesians 3:20-21 "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen."
Authentic Relationships - Real in our relationships and small groups
1 John 4:7-8 "Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
Strengthening Families - Strengthening all types of families in Christ
James 1:27 "Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you."
Community Servants - Serving as the hands and feet of Jesus in our community
James 2:8 "Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Kingdom Partners - Kingdom minded through partnering with other churches
John 13:34-35 "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
IMPACTING THE WORLD
Planting Churches - Planting churches who will plant churches
2 Timothy 2:2 "You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others."
Making Jesus Known - Empowered by the Holy Spirit to witness for Christ
Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Sending Disciples - Sending our people out globally on mission
Matthew 28:19-20 "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Radical Generosity - Being generous to God and others
Acts 20:35 "And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
OUR BELIEFS AND DEFINITIONS
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal and are one God. (see Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22, Psalms 90:2, 1 Peter 1:2, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Father is the equal to the Son and the Holy Spirit as God. He is all-powerful, all knowing, all loving and all wise. Because of sin we cannot have a relationship with the Father except through Jesus Christ. It is His will that all of us know Him and love Him intimately as our "Daddy." It is His will that we should desire God to occur in our lives and the lives of others. (see Matthew 6:9-10, John 14:6-11, John 10:27-30, Romans 8:15-16, 1 John 2:1-3, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6)
Jesus Christ is the only son born of God. He is equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit as God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the only perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into Heaven's glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings. (see Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, 1 Corithians 15:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13)
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. (see 2 Corithians 3:17, John 16:7-13, 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corithians 2:12, 3:16, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:8)
We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character and to be the supreme object of God's creation. Although all people have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates us from God. (see Genesis 1:27, Psalms 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2)
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has given gifts to all believers for the purpose of equipping them to accomplish God's plans. The variety of spiritual gifts is still given to believers today. Every believer is to exercise his or her spiritual gifts for the purpose of serving God and others. According to Scripture, we are not to exercise the gift of tongues in corporate worship unless there is an interpreter. (see 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:11-16, Romans 12:3-8, 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 14)
The Bible is God's "How To" manual for life. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. (see 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 1:13, Psalms 119:105, 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)
Prayer is spending time talking to God and listening to God; either as individuals or as a church. Through prayer we praise God, confess our sins, thank Him for His blessings , and ask for help for others and ourselves. We are called to spend time daily with the Lord in prayer that we may be encouraged by His love and challenged to do His will. Through prayer, the Holy Spirit speaks to us and we are able to see God do miracles and answer prayers. (see Mark 1:35, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, Acts 2:42, Colossians 4:2-4, Philippians 4:6)
Salvation and Eternity
Salvation is a gift from God that is given to a person upon their belief in Jesus Christ because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Because God gives eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation is for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the person, but Jesus reminds us that he who stands to the end will be saved. It is, therefore, the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. God's desire is that everyone will spend eternity in Heaven with Him. We will either exist in union with God through forgiveness and salvation or we will be eternally separated from God by sin. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places of existence. (see John 3:16, John 2:25, John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15, Matthew 1:8, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 2:44-46, John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14, 1 Peter 1:3-5, Matthew 10:22)
Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is commanded as our public testimony that we have decided to live for Christ and it should follow soon after our salvation. (see above section on Salvation) In keeping with the example of Christ, we baptize by immersion. (see Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 1:17-18, Colossians 2:12, Galatians 3:26-27, Matthew 6:9-10, John 14:6, John 10:27-30, John 14:6-11, Romans 8:15-16, 1 John 3:1-3)