Our Commitments and Beliefs

Our Commitments and Beliefs

We are a Christ-like community of believers, presenting Christ to the unchurched in relevant, innovative, and life-changing ways.

We’re Committed to

Celebrate: Exalting God Together

  • We glorify God through continuous participation in personal and community worship.

 Connect: Growing in Community

  • We grow like Jesus through discussion and interaction in group environments.

Contribute: Bless as We’re Blessed

  • We use our gifts to serve others, by faithfully stewarding our time, talent, and treasure.

We Believe:

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Word to us (Psalms 119:105, John 1:1).
It was  written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21).
It is the source of truth for belief and living (John 17:17, Matthew 4:4).
God inspired it so it is truth and without error (2 Timothy 3:16, John 10:35). The Bible is our guide for faith and practice (1 Peter 1:23-25, Hebrews 4:12).
We go to the Bible for authority in church government (Ephesians 1:22, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Ephesians 4:12) as well as the plan for salvation (seeSalvation).
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Where the Bible is silent, there is freedom of opinion.

GOD

We believe that there is only one living and true God; (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:5-7), Eternal, Creator, (Genesis 1:1-31, Ephesians 3:9), Redeemer, (John 3:16), all knowing, all powerful, ever present, Ruler of all. (Psalms 103:19).
He eternally exists in three personalities: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-19, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
God the father spoke all creation into existence and spiritually adopts all believers who freely come to Him through the shed blood of his only begotten son Jesus Christ. (John 1:12, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5).
God is love, (1 John 4:7-8,16), our firm foundation, holy and righteous, and fatherly in attitude toward His adopted children (Psalms 86:15, 136:26, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, 1 John 3:1, 4:7, 4:19).

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God (Hebrews 1).
Jesus, as the incarnation of God was born of a virgin through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-23).
He revealed that He was the Son of God by fulfilling prophecy, teaching, preaching, and performing many miracles (John 1, John 20:30).
Jesus was perfectly obedient; tempted in every way yet sinless, being fully human and fully God (Hebrews 4:14-16, Colossians 2:9).
As Christ, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world by his shed blood and death on the cross (Romans 8:1-3).
He was raised from the dead after three days redeeming our sin and defeating death (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God where He is our mediator and is head of the Church (Colossians 1:13-22, Hebrews 7:23-28).
He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to fulfill His redemptive mission (Matthew 25:31-46).
“Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the eternal Spirit of God (Hebrews 9:14).

His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). He glorifies, testifies and exalts the Lord Jesus Christ and transforms believers into the image of Christ (John 16:12-15).

The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers believers for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption (Acts 2:38).

The fruit of the Spirit in a believer’s life is, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). The Holy Spirit provides spiritual gifts to the Church, those gifts include serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, mercy, faith, discernment, helping, and administration (Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11-12, I Corinthians 12:8-11).

Tongues and sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth and were never intended to be characteristic of the everyday lives of believers (I Corinthians 13:8-12).

HUMANITY

God created mankind in His own image; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:7, Genesis 2:18-22).
Humans were created with the intent of abundant living (Genesis 1:28-29, Psalms 8:3-6).
But because of mankind’s disobedience, sin entered in the world causing separation with God (Genesis 3, Isaiah 59:1-2).
All people are sinners and fall short of God’s standards (Romans 3:23).
God has a purpose for people and He fulfills that purpose in Christ Jesus (Psalms 139:13-16, Psalms 57:2-3).
We are to praise the Lord (Psalms 150:6).
We are to bring glory to God; loving God and loving others (1 Peter 4:11, Mark 12:28-31). “Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for My glory. It was I who created them” (Isaiah 43:7).

MARRIAGE

The Bible teaches that God established marriage in the beginning as a lifelong exclusive relationship between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27-28, Matthew 19:4-6).
God has reserved sexual intimacy as an expression of love and commitment between married couples only (Genesis 2:23-25, Ephesians 5:21-33).
Any expression of sexuality outside of Biblical marriage is sin (Romans 1:24-31, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Corinthians 6:17-20).

SALVATION

Salvation is a free gift from God received by grace to all who have faith in Jesus Christ and not by works. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Grace is accepted and is reflected by submission and obedience to God’s Word and His will for our lives.
One accepts Christ as Lord and Savior through the conversion process of faith (Romans 3:22-25) that includes repentance, confession, (Romans 10:10) and baptism (immersion) (Acts 2:38).
In baptism a believer is immersed, crucified and buried with Christ, receives forgiveness of sin (Ephesians 1:7) and the gift of the Holy Spirit, is resurrected and clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:27) and becomes saved because of God’s free gift of grace received by faith. Once saved a Christian is assured of their eternal home in Heaven with God. (Romans 8:38-39).
Those who have rejected Christ live eternally in hell separated from God.
Assurance of salvation is only received when submission and obedience to God’s Word and will are present in a believer’s life (Matthew 25:31-46).