What we believe

 

  • All Scripture contained in the Old and New Testaments is verbally, plenarily, and inerrantly inspired by God. It is the authoritative guide for all Christian understanding, life, and ministry.
  • There is but one God eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each is infinite, eternal, and almighty. Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. He died, shedding His blood in His substitutionary death for sinners. He was buried, rose from the grave on the third day, ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.
  • The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and unites man to Jesus Christ by faith. The Holy Spirit seals and fills all believers.  He baptizes the believer into Christ at the moment of their salvation.  He gifts every believer in Christ Jesus to serve in some capacity for the edification of the church.
  • Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God.  The biblical definition of marriage that is sanctioned by God is that which joins one man and one woman in a covenantal union.
    • The Bible prohibits sexual activity outside of the union of marriage.
    • The bible defines gender as that which is determined at birth, and the biblical record reveals that these two genders are created to be complementary to each other.
It was their act of disobedience that incurred both physical and spiritual death (separation from God) for all mankind. Since the fall of Adam, every human being is born with a sin nature. Because of this, all humans, at some point, act in a way contrary to the will and character of God. Therefore they are in need of a divine salvation.
 
  • Salvation is a gift from God. This was accomplished by Christ’s substitutionary death upon the cross. All who believe in Him receive the full merit of Christ’s eternal life and stand blameless before God by grace. Because salvation is given by grace, the believer’s salvation is eternally secure.
  • The fulfillment of the Great Commission is the responsibility of all believers.
  • The Church is the Body and the Bride of Christ. It is dedicated to the worship and service of God and the observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The primary task of the Church in all ages is to make disciples through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.
  • At the end of the Church Age, Christ will return to rapture His Church.  Following this event will be the seven-year  period known   as the Great Tribulation. This tribulation is initiated by a covenant between the nation of Israel and the one known in the Bible as the Antichrist.  At the end of the seven year tribulation period, Christ will come again to the earth to judge and establish His rule for a 1,000-year period known as the millennial reign of Christ. His rule will be over the world through the nation of Israel.  The Great White Throne Judgment of the unsaved, coupled with Satan being cast into the lake of fire, will follow this millennial reign.  After the judgment of the unsaved, Christ will establish a New Heaven and a New Earth. This is the consummation of all things.
 
 
Our Core Values
 
1. We believe the Word of God is the basis and authority of our lives (Ps 19:7-10; 119:89, 165; 138:2b; Mt 24:35; II Tim 3:16, 17).
• We place high value on the preaching, teaching, and the personal study of the Word of God. While the church provides the resources and tools for understanding the Word of God, it is the responsibility of the individual believer to appropriate and utilize these tools.
2. We believe in the Finished Work of Christ and its application toward all people (John 19:30; Eph 1:3; Col 2:9, 10).
3. We are motivated by the love of Christ to serve others (John 13.1-17; Gal. 5.13b).
4. We’re motivated by the love of God to share the good news of salvation through Christ (II Cor 5:14-21).
• We believe that it is the responsibility of the church to facilitate, model, and encourage the creative sharing of the good news of Christ’s accomplishments to all mankind.
5. We believe that a personal relationship is the most effective way to bring people to a decision for Christ (Mt 28:18-20; Isa 53; I John 1:1-4).
6. We believe that every member should commit to a lifestyle of consistent spiritual growth with honest accountability (Phil 1:27; I Thes 4:3; II Pet 3:18).
• We believe that the pursuit of Christ is the one and only way of honoring the giver of eternal life. We should pursue Christ above all things. • We believe that spiritual growth is best fostered through authentic personal relationships. • We believe that service is a means of continued spiritual growth.
7. We believe that the responsibility of the local church is to be a representation of Christ, a refuge to the community, and to equip its members for service (Eph 4:11-16; Mt 16:17-20).
• We believe that the local church was established by God as the most effective method for educating and maturing the new believer in their relationship to God, His word, and the world in which we live. It is the means by which leaders are identified and the primary source of their training. • We believe that the local church should primarily be a teaching institution in all facets of a believer’s learning of God’s Word, both academic and practical. • We believe that the revelation and expression of the kingdom of God is the ultimate result of the local church fulfilling its role as educator and mentor. True progression should be measured in the reproduction of transformed lives and Spirit-led believers.
8. We believe that every member is a minister who has been given gifts to be discovered, developed, and deployed within the local church (I Cor 12:4-13; Rom 12:3-8).
• We believe that God gives spiritual gifts to His children for the service of others. Therefore, God’s creative expression finds its fullest display in the gifting of individual believers to function together in unity as unique individual members of a local church for the edification of the Body of Christ.
9. We believe that doing church as a team is God’s design for effective ministry (Luke 10:1; Eph 4:16; I Cor 12:12-31; 14:24-25).
• Team ministry approach provides a method for identifying and training future leaders. Team ministry should be consistent and integrated with the overall purpose of the church.
10. We believe that partnering with like-minded ministries is the most effective way to further the kingdom of God on earth (Rom 15:26-27; II Cor 9:10-15). Kingdom partnerships are identified by agreement on these principles:
• Love the Lord • Love His Word • Love the lost • Don’t exalt secondary issues to a primary position
 
The distinctives of kingdom ministry are identified as:
 
• It isn’t comprised solely by individual organizational ability or power but in corporate organic power. • It is the recognition of the revelation and expression of the kingdom of God through various portions under the headship of Jesus Christ the King. • It demands organizational humility personified in the furtherance of the kingdom being placed primarily above the benefit of the organization. • It entails the sharing of resources for the benefit of the kingdom of God. • It places thanksgiving and praise for victory on a community wide, regional, and global scale through partnership and not merely a private organization.
11. We believe that biblical stewardship and sacrificial giving is the responsibility of every believer (I Cor 4:1, 2; 6:20; Eph 5:15-17; Heb 13:16; Gal 6:6-10).
12. We believe in the biblical definition of marriage that is sanctioned by God is that which joins one man and one woman in a covenantal union (Gen 2:24; Eph 5:22-23; Mk 10:6-9).
• We believe that the Bible prohibits sexual activity outside of the union of marriage described above (Lev 18:1-30; Rom 1:26-27; I Cor 6:9-10; I Thes 4:3-4; Heb 13:4). • We believe that gender is determined at birth and that the biblical record reveals that these two genders are created to be complementary to each other (Gen 1:27; 2:20-23; I Pet 3:7).