Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

Our foundation is in the Word of God, we believe the Word of God in all its facet is the foundation for life and living.

THE BIBLE:
We believe it is God-inspired Truth written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit of God. We believe the Bible is reliable and is to be our guide for faith and life.

HUMANITY:
We believe that humans were created in the image of God to be like Him in character, but that through Adam they inherited a disobedient nature towards God that separates us from relationship with Him. Man’s attitude and actions of disobedience are referred to as sin, and result in our living outside the purposes of God for creation, humanity, and our personal lives.

MORAL PURITY:
We believe that moral purity and goodness are to be the standards of living for all believers and followers of Christ.

GOD:
We believe in one God existing in three distinct persons: Creator (Father), Savior (Son), and Holy Spirit. They are all equal and are one God. We believe in God’s natural and supernatural provision for the needs of humanity: spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and economically.

SALVATION:
We believe that salvation is a gift of God to humanity through His Son’s death and resurrection, and not attainable by our own good works or activity. Salvation is a restored right relationship with God. The fulfillment of the purposes of God for creation and humanity is possible only through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. A restored relationship with God is gained through believing in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and in His claim to be the Son of God. Salvation includes the forgiveness of sin and the power to resist sin. The inward evidence of salvation is assurance of our acceptance by God. The outward evidence is a life of purity and service. Eternal life begins the moment someone receives God’s gift of salvation by faith.

JESUS:
We believe that the historical Jesus of Nazareth is the only Son of God, is co-equal with God, was conceived of the Holy Ghost, and was born of the Virgin Mary. We believe that Jesus lived a sinless human life, was crucified as the ultimate and perfected sacrifice, was buried, and was raised from the dead, demonstrating His authority and power over sin and death. We believe that He ascended to heaven and is with the Father today interceding on behalf of all men and women, and will return to Earth and eternally reign as Sovereign Lord over all.
We believe that living in response to the sacrificial death of Jesus, devotion to scripture, and obedience to the direction of the Spirit of God will lead believers to be fully available to God to accomplish through them His purposes in their communities and world.

SACRAMENTS/ORDINANCES:
We believe in participating in Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, as an act of memorial and faith in the forgiving and healing of our lives by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit of God is present and active in the world, making men aware of their disobedience and sin. The Holy Spirit resides within believers who receive salvation, provides power to resist sin and understand Truth, and provides guidance in daily decisions and life.

We believe in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to enable us to be a witness of God’s grace to the world around us. In addition, we believe that God’s Spirit gives supernatural abilities and spiritual manifestations of His power as evidence of His activity by enabling believers to minister in situations and perform acts through means beyond their knowledge or experience or human reason.

BAPTISM:
We believe in the act of baptism by immersion in water, signifying immersion by faith into the claims, teachings, and purposes of Christ, and identifying with Christ in His death for us and our rising to new life in His resurrection and union with the Body of Christ (also known as the Church or the global historical community of faith).

 

OUR VALUES:

1. Community “…community of faith…”

We desire to share life with one another in a way that we become a living, breathing, and local expression of the global, historical body of Christ. This is expressed through sharing of life, mutual accountability, caring for and meeting the needs of each other, giving of our time, talents, and resources for the good of the community of faith as well as the local and global community.  (Acts 2:44-47)

2. Christ “…followers of Christ.”
As devoted followers of Jesus we believe his claims of being the Christ (Savior), adhere to his teachings, participate in his ongoing activity, and continue his works. We see ourselves as a community learning to live life with God in the way of Jesus. We represent a generous Christian orthodoxy, rooted in the Scriptures and consistent with the ancient creeds of the church.  (1 Corinthians 8:6)

3. Character “…personal character…”
What we do flows naturally out of who we are. Through classes, mentoring, service opportunities, the practice of spiritual disciplines, submission to one another and to spiritual authorities, and faith in Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit who lives in and through believers, we seek to be conformed to the nature and image of Christ. Every believer should pursue holiness and moral purity according to Scripture and the teachings and example of Christ.  (1 Peter 1:15-16; Philippians 2:5)

4. Culture “…engaging culture…”
A life of faith and a relationship with God occurs within a specific context and culture. We do not seek to isolate ourselves from the culture nor to impose a Western Christian sub-culture on others, but strive to engage the culture around us and work with the Spirit of God to redeem it. God is not restricted or limited from revealing himself and working only in places and through people we consider sacred.  (1 Corinthians 9:22-23)

5. Calling “…fulfilling the call of God…”
Christianity is to be a way of life that sends followers of Christ into the world to serve God and our neighbors, so that God’s will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. Every person is intentionally created by a loving God with unique personalities, talents, gifts, and abilities that reveal something of the activity and reality of God. God uses people and circumstances – both good and bad – to shape us and instill in us longings and desires that direct us toward discovering and fulfilling our ultimate purpose in life – to know God and to receive and reflect His love.  (1 Peter 2:9-10)

6. Process “…continually growing…”
Religion tends to establish systems, checklists, and spiritual formulas that, when followed exactly, will yield some intended result without fail. We accept that faith may be simplistic but the many complexities of life and the fallen state of creation and mankind make it difficult for people to live in absolute certainty. Systems fail. Checklists are incomplete and formulas tend to ignore the multitude of variables. We are simply responding day by day to all that we know and are discovering about God through Christ, with all that we know and are discovering about ourselves. We value each and every step, big or small, toward faith in Christ and conforming to the image of Christ.  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

7. Holistic Life “…to live…”
We seek to learn how to integrate all areas of life, including faith, time, family, work, body, money, intellect, recreation, et al., by learning and applying the teachings and example of Christ. In doing so, all activities of life from the common to the sublime become sacred acts of worship to God.  (Colossians 3:17)

8. Missional “…and lead others to live…”
While most churches have “missions” as a program or event, for us it is a way of life. We seek to align our identity, activities, and faith with God’s redemptive activity in our community, nation, and world. We do not seek to establish a Christian subculture, but rather to establish a genuine expression of devoted Christ followers fully engaging and participating in our local, national, and global community.  (Matthew 5:14-16)

9. Generosity “…generous with their lives…”
Generosity involves much more than our finances. We believe that a person is never more like Jesus than when he or she loves, serves, and gives. As followers of Christ and as expressions of gratitude for God’s blessings upon us, we are to be generous in every way, including time, finances, possessions, experiences, abilities, wisdom, grace, forgiveness, and love. (2 Corinthians 9:11; 1 Timothy 6:17-18)