“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by
openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” – Romans 10:9-10 NLT
We believe in the only true God. We believe that our sins separate us from God and that we need to be forgiven of our sins and saved from an eternal separation from God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only One that can save us and restore us to God. We believe in Jesus Christ's birth, life, death, resurrection, and promised return. By placing our faith in Jesus Christ, we receive God's grace, mercy, forgiveness, and the promise of eternal life with God. We believe this is the Good News that is central to the message of the Bible (John 17:3; Romans 5:10-12 & 18-19; John 3:16-17; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-10).
“All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable
for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration
to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to
God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity
and moral courage]; so that the man of God may be complete and proficient,
outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 AMP
Scripture, what we call "The Bible," is uniquely inspired by God. The Bible reveals God Himself, documents His activity and interaction with certain people, demonstrates His plan to save and restore His fallen creation, and serves as His standard of communication with us and guide for right beliefs, practices, and lifestyles (2 Tim 3:14-17; Heb 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
“Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only true God!”– Deuteronomy 6:4 CEV
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
The Father, The Son (Jesus Christ), and The Holy Spirit are individual members of the Trinity, a mysterious unity of three persons in One God who is infinite, all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, and perfect in love (Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19-20; John 1:1, Acts 5:3-4; Phil 2:5-6; Matt 1:23; Matt 3:16-17; 1 Timothy 1:17; Romans 11:33-36; 1 John 4:8, 5:6-8).
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom
come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily
bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead
us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’” – Matthew 6:9-13 ESV
“But a time is coming—and now is here—when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers. God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24 NET
God The Father goes by many names and titles in Scripture but desires that we call Him "Father." He sustains, provides, protects, and forgives (John 4:23-24; Eph 2:4-5; Matt 6:9-13; James 1:17; Rev 4:8-11; 5:13).
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without
Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” – John 1:1-5 NKJV
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” – John 1:14 MSG
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, "God With Us," God in human form, and the source of grace and eternal life through His virgin birth, His sinless life, His death on the Cross, and His resurrection (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1-18; Matt 1:23; 1 Cor 15:3-8; Col 1:15-20).
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.
He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t
looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and
later will be in you.” – John 14:16-17 NLT
“But I tell you that I am going to do what is best for you. That is why I am going away. The Holy Spirit cannot come to help you until I leave. But after I am gone, I will send the Spirit to you. The Spirit will come and show the people of this world the truth about sin and God’s justice and the judgment.” - John 16:7-8 CEV
The Holy Spirit of God lives in every true follower of Jesus Christ, guiding and empowering them to live and act like Jesus Christ, and providing special gifts to those who believe. The purpose of these gifts is to strengthen the Church and to reveal to others the character of our God. The Holy Spirit also convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and speaks only what comes from The Father and from The Son, Jesus Christ (John 14:16-17; John 16:7- 14; 1 Cor 12:1-11; Gal 5:16-26; 1 John 3:23-24; 1 John 4:13-16).
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
– Romans 3:23 NLT
“As it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one.’” – Romans 3:10 ESV
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” - 2 Peter 3:9 NIV
Sin separates us from God. The punishment for sin is eternal separation from God. But because of God’s promise, there is hope (Matthew 25:46; Romans 3:10 & 23; 2 Peter 3:9).
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV “My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him.” – John 10:27-29 MSG We can experience the grace and forgiveness of God and the promise of eternal life by committing ourselves to Jesus Christ by faith. We cannot earn God's grace; we only receive it as a gift because of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. Because this gift is given by God to us on the perfection of Jesus Christ alone, and not as a result of our own efforts, nothing can separate us from God's Love (Romans 5:10-12, 18-19; 6:23; Acts 16:31; Eph 2:8-9; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; Romans 8:38-39; John 10:27-30).
“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take
up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but
whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” – Luke 9:23-24 ESV
“But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out—he will be blessed in what he does.” - James 1:22-25 NET
Following Jesus is an all-day, every-day lifestyle. While we still commit sins, Jesus offers forgiveness and restoration when we turn back to Him. Also, being a follower of Jesus means more than simply believing what Jesus said. Being a follower of Jesus means doing what Jesus did (Luke 9:23-26; Romans 7:14-25; 1 John 1:9; James 1:22-25; John 14:12-14).
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be
trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another
to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together,
as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of
his return is drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:23-25 NLT
When connected to a local church gathering, followers of Jesus worship, train, and serve better. This is true in part because we need it, in part because God does big things when we're together, but ultimately because He wants us to be connected (Hebrews 10:23-25; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-37; Revelation 2 and 3).
“Jesus left Galilee and went to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John kept objecting
and said, “I ought to be baptized by you. Why have you come to me?” Jesus answered, “For now
this is how it should be, because we must do all that God wants us to do.” Then John agreed.
So Jesus was baptized. And as soon as he came out of the water, the sky opened, and he saw the
Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. Then a voice from heaven said, “This is my own
dear Son, and I am pleased with him.” – Matthew 3:13-17 CEV
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.” - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ESV
Jesus instituted a public commitment ceremony we call "Baptism" and a memorial ceremony we call "The Lord's Supper" or “Communion.” Being immersed in water is a physical representation of the decision to follow Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is done to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, as well as to look forward to His return. We celebrate these regularly as visible expressions of our devotion to Jesus. (Matt 3:13-17; Matt 28:19-20; Matt 26:26-28; Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26).
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of
the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against
the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you
may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” – Ephesians 6:11-13 ESV
“The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 AMP
There is a spiritual war between God and the devil. We don’t know every detail. However, we understand that we are an important part of this fight, that the devil and his evil forces are our true enemies, and that Jesus dealt them a fatal defeat with His death and resurrection. Ultimately, we celebrate these promises: that God has equipped us for battle against these dark forces; that He will win this war once and for all; that good will triumph over evil; and that as we stand firm in the confidence of the Gospel, the Holy Spirit will accomplish in our midst, and within us, the feats necessary to draw people to Jesus Christ. (Gen 3:15; Mark 16:20; Luke 12:31-32; John 14:11-14; John 16:11; Rom 8:28-38; Rom 14:17; 1 Cor 4:20; 2 Cor 10:4-5; Gal 5:16-24; Eph 6:11-18; Heb 2:14-15; 1 John 4:7-12; Jude 9; Jude 20-25; Rev 12:7-12, 20:10, 21:1-8)
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person
according to what they have done.” – Rev 22:12 NIV
Jesus is coming back someday and we anticipate His Return with excitement! This return ushers in a new existence for all humanity, living and dead. God will exact judgment, Sin and Death will be destroyed, and followers of Jesus Christ will spend eternity together with God while those who reject Jesus Christ will remain separated from God (Acts 1:10-11; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:1-4; Rev 22:12).
“Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they
accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will
give honor to God when he judges the world.” – 1 Peter 2:12 NLT
“In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 MSG
Throughout history, local churches have taken specific stands on issues to act as “salt and light,” providing prophetic voices to their respective cultures and governing authorities. Accordingly, we recognize our responsibility to faithfully continue that responsibility to our cultures and governing authorities. We further declare that no government, group, nor individual may compel us to violate our convictions nor restrict our public expression and practice of these convictions for any reason, legislative or otherwise (Daniel 3:16-18; Matthew 5:13-16; 10:16-20; Mark 12:17; Acts 4:13-20; Romans 1:32; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16; 1 Peter 2:12, 3:15-16)
Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb. All the days ordained for me
were recorded in your scroll before one of them came into existence.” – Psalm 139:16 NET
"Beware that you don't look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.” – Matt 18:10 NLT
The Bible teaches that all children, born and unborn, are special to God. As a result, we strive to protect the lives and well-being of all children, and especially the right to life of the unborn. Abortion and child abuse are incompatible with following Jesus (Psalm 127:3-5; 139:13-18; Matthew 18:1-7, 10; Mark 10:13-16; Eph 6:4).
Our Thoughts: According to God’s Word, we oppose abortion. The Bible teaches that God created human beings unique, with a special capacity to display God’s qualities. Additionally, the Bible teaches that God knows each individual human being prior to birth and that children are particularly special to God. The Bible communicates special concern for the defenseless; children are among the most defenseless of all humanity, and unborn children are that much more vulnerable. Therefore, abortion is generally incompatible with following Jesus, as is any other form of child abuse.
“Jesus answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning
made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and
his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they
are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not
man separate.’” – Matthew 19:4-6 ESV
“Jesus’ disciples then said to him, ‘If that is how it is, it is better not to marry!’ ‘Not everyone can accept this statement,’ Jesus said. ‘Only those whom God helps. Some are born without the ability to marry, and some are disabled by men, and some refuse to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone who can, accept my statement.’ – Matthew 19:10-12 TLB
The Bible teaches that marriage is an exclusive, sacred union between one man and one woman. The Bible also teaches that celibacy is the honored status and God-given responsibility of all individuals who do not marry according to God’s design. Any other sexual activity or sexual union is incompatible with following Jesus (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18-24; Matt 19:4-12; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:13-20; 7:1-9; Eph 5:3, 31-33; Hebrews 13:4).
Our Thoughts: According to God’s Word, we define marriage as an exclusively sacred union between one man and one woman. The Bible teaches that sexual immorality is a serious sin and that the covenant relationship of marriage is the only realm in which sexual activity is acceptable for anyone. The Bible also teaches that this union is special because it is the one human relationship that serves as the physical expression of Jesus Christ’s love for His Bride, The Church. Unmarried followers of Jesus are blessed to embrace the beautiful, exclusive relationship with God known as celibacy unless, or until, God provides a suitable helpmate of the opposite sex. Therefore, any other sexual activity or sexual union, state-recognized or otherwise, is incompatible with following Jesus.
“Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead,
be filled with the Holy Spirit.” – Eph 5:18 NLT
“There wasn’t a sign of a change of heart. They plunged right on in their murderous, occult [drug-using], promiscuous, and thieving ways.” – Rev 9:21 MSG
The Bible teaches that getting drunk and using drugs are incompatible with following Jesus. In particular, the Bible associates these activities with a number of other destructive, immoral, and unquestionably evil deeds that are universally prohibited. In fact, a common command in the New Testament is to remain sober. (Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:15-20; 1 Thes 5:5-8; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Rev 9:20-21).
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” – Romans 12:3 ESV We are committed to our convictions, beliefs, and practices, yet humble about ourselves and our finite understanding of such things. We recognize that only God has the complete picture and perfect understanding of anything. Ultimately, we put our full trust in God alone and rely exclusively on God's mercy and grace to make up for where we fall short in ourselves, and in our understanding, beliefs, convictions, and practices (Isaiah 55:6-11; Romans 12:3; Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 11:1,6; Ephesians 2:8-9).
To intentionally invest in the lives of those in our community, pursuing them with the love and life of the Gospel, thereby teaching them and modeling to them, what it means to be a follower of Jesus. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 12:29-‐31, Acts 1:8).
To effectually communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a way that strengthens the foundational principle of being adopted into God’s family. We are deeply moved by the importance of prioritizing the traditional family unit as God created it, as well as integrating a biblical understanding of how all the varying roles and structures that comprise modern families will only be fruitful if submitted to Godly design alone.
We value over all other sources of information and thought, the authority of the Word of God. We desire to have God speak into our lives through solid relevant Bible teaching and authentic Biblical living that results in significant personal life change (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2, 3; Colossians 1:28-‐29).
We value all aspects of family and community. And because of that we desire to embrace and connect in meaningful ways in relationship with one another. We believe that all Christ followers are believer priests, and to that end, no one should become inactive in loving and serving others; rather we must strive all the more so to remember often how the Lord has changed us, delivered us, and brought us to new life and prosperity with Him (Deuteronomy 6, Joshua 24:15, Acts 2:42-‐47; Hebrews 10:24, 25).
We believe in the importance of embracing the trials and hardships of life because they have an innate, situational ability to draw people deeper into the depths of God; we believe that perseverance in these trials and hardships teaches us more intimately about the love and heart of our Savior, and allows the Holy Spirit to effectively transform our thinking about life and faith (James 1:2-4, Romans 5).
We value an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father. Because of that, we are committed to both corporate and individual worship, celebrating all that He is and all that He has done for us, is doing for us, and will do for us. We recognize the essential need to praise Jesus for who He is, regardless of our circumstances; that He alone came to give life and life abundantly. Through him, we receive that blessing of life (John 4:23, 24; John 10:10, Colossians 1:9-12, 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We believe in the necessary binding and loosing of that which so easily entangles the life of a follower of Jesus; as such, we develop and mature as Christians by regularly exercising spiritual wisdom and discernment in all things. We recognize that sin ensnares humanity, yet, with proper understanding of the spiritual forces at work on our behalf, we are able to be free from perpetual confusion and bondage (Hebrews 5, Psalm 111:10, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
We value as a high priority the sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ. We are called and compelled as His church to share His gift of eternal life in a relevant, purposeful way with as many people as possible within our immediate culture and beyond our local borders (Matthew 28:18-‐20, Acts 1:8).
We value others around us deeply. Having Jesus Christ residing in us, we desire to serve others with frequent acts of mercy and help in His name (Matthew 9:36-‐38; 1 John 4:19-‐21), that by doing so we effectively exist as salt and light in our culture. We believe in the authority of God’s Word to accomplish everything it is sent out to do, and consequently, we believe that we, as God’s saints, have been given a divine authority to exercise the power of his Word for the advancement of the Gospel.