We committed to...
- Living out biblical truth demonstrated through radical grace.
- Loving our community through sacrificial service.
- Taking risks in order to make Jesus known.
- Helping unbelievers find and fulfill their purpose in Christ.
- Focusing unapologetically on the next generation.
- Leading believers into a growing relationship with Jesus.
Our strategy for fulfilling our mission and seeing our vision become a reality can be summed up by four words: elevate, equip, encourage, and engage. Each of these words correspond to the purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism) that God has designed for his church:
- ELEVATE the name of Jesus
- EQUIP believers for service
- ENCOURAGE others in their faith
- ENGAGE in God’s mission for the church and the world
We believe in the eternality and Trinitarian nature of God. There is only one God, and He eternally exists as three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is above all, and He alone is to be worshipped and served. God is the uncreated One, and He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things seen and unseen. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 1:14, 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14)
We believe in the full humanity and deity of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Son of God, the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was present and involved in the Creation of all things. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to His covenant people, Israel, that He would provide a Messiah to rescue them from their oppression and sin and make them holy. Through the miraculous virgin conception and birth of Jesus, God the Son entered into human history as a man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of the world, was buried, and rose again on the third day. The death of Jesus was in the place of sinful humanity, the just One for the unjust ones, and His sacrifice satisfies God’s wrath against sin for all who believe. (John 1:1,14,18, 29, 3:16, 20:20; Luke 1:30-35; Phil. 2:5-8, 3:20-21; Col. 1:15-23, 2:3,9; Mark 10:45; Acts 1:11, 2:22-24; Rom. 3:25-26, 8:34; Heb. 1:3, 9:26, 10:5-14; 1 Pet. 2:24, 3:18; 1 John 2:1; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; 2 Thes. 2:7; Matt. 24:44; Rev. 19:11-21, 21-22)
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The third Person of the Trinity glorifies God the Son, Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin and enables people to believe through the power of the Gospel. He regenerates sinners by granting them new life when they believe, He baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ, He indwells the believer, and He serves as the deposit and security of God’s promise to keep all who believe until the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit fills believers as they yield to Him, and He imparts spiritual gifts to believers for the purpose of building up the church. All who enter into a relationship with God are eternally kept by the power of God and made holy through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 6:19, 12:13, 13:8, 14:22; John 16:7-8; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30; Gal. 5:16-17, 22-23; Rom. 8:5-13, 12:3-8; 1 Pet. 4:10-11)
ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe in the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of the Scriptures. The Bible is God's love letter to humanity through which He reveals His character, the expectations for holy and righteous living, and His desire for relationship with people. The Bible remains relevant in every age because God breathed (inspired) the Scriptures, thus making them living and active. The 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are inerrant in the original manuscripts, and they are the final authority for matters of faith, practice, and holy living. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20; Luke 24:44; John 5:39; Romans 15:4; Isaiah 8:20; Matthew 5:19, 24:35)
ABOUT THE CHURCH
We believe in that the Church is the Body of Christ of which Jesus is the Head and its members are those who have truly received Jesus by faith. The Church finds its expression through the local church, and there are two ordinances given by Jesus that are to be faithfully practiced: believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. The church exists to make disciples, glorify God, fellowship with other believers, serve the needs of the church and the community, and make Jesus known to the lost through His gospel. (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Col. 1:24-29; Eph. 1:20-23, 4:1-6, 12-16; Matt. 28:18-20; John 17)
We believe in that human beings are a special creation made in the image of God. Humanity is the focus of God’s divine love and affection. As our first parents, Adam and Eve were specially created in the image of God, a truth that distinguished them from the rest of the created order. They possessed intellect and the moral responsibility to obey God, and they possessed the knowledge of God and enjoyed perfect relationship with Him. Adam rebelled against God's command not to eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which resulted in sin entering the world. While not destroying God’s image, sin has corrupted the image of God and rendered people incapable of knowing and pleasing God through their own efforts. Because people remain morally responsible to obey God, they are hopelessly enslaved to a new master, sin, which has affected the entire creation and separated people from their Creator. The only remedy for this sinful condition is conscious faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Gen. 1:26, 2:6,17, 3:17-24; Isa. 59:1-2; Rom. 3:9-19,23, 5:8; Luke 18:26-27; Eph. 2:13)
We believe that salvation is solely by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Salvation was made possible through the loving initiative of God the Father who sent the Son to provide forgiveness of sins through His death on the cross. In spite of man's rebellion, God determined in eternity past to redeem for Himself people from every nation, tribe, tongue, and people. This redemption would provide the means of salvation to all who believe. No one is capable of saving themselves through good works; therefore, we are hopelessly lost apart from the gospel of Jesus. God initiated salvation because of His love, and the finished work of Jesus is applied in a saving way to those who personally receive the gospel through repentant faith. Upon receiving this gift of God by faith, we enter into an eternal relationship with God as His children and friends. (Eph. 1:7:13-14, 2:8-10; John 1:12-13, 3:1-7, 10:27-29, John 14-16; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 1:16, 8:14-17, 31-39, 10:9-10, 14:; Acts 26:20; 1 Pet. 1:3-5)
We believe in the personal and physical return of Jesus Christ. Jesus will physically return to the Earth and God's victory over evil will be fully realized through the word of His mouth. He will establish God’s Kingdom in a new heaven and a new earth, and God will reign with His children in unhindered relationship forever. This is the blessed hope. (Acts 1:4; John 14:3; Rev.19:11-20; 1 Thess. 5:9; Luke 1:33)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead. The saved will be resurrected to eternal blessings in the presence of God. The unsaved will be resurrected to judgment and will spend eternity in conscious judgment and separation from God. (1 Cor.15:12-58; Rev. 20:4-5; 20:11-15)