Scripture centered. We believe Jesus that His truth sets us free, empowering us to understand God, life and the world in which we live. As Jesus read the Scriptures and declared them life-giving truth as they testify to Him, so do we. (John 5:39; 8:32; 17:17; Acts 20:32; 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Peter 1:22-25; 2 Peter 1:19)
Seeking God. We actively relate to God through His Spirit in worship and prayer, recognizing that nothing of eternal value will be accomplished without our vital connection to God expressed through prayer. As Jesus prayed and taught his disciples how to pray, moving in alignment with His Father, so do we. (Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-20; 6:38)
Nurturing relationships. We reflect the image of God by sacrificially loving, forgiving and seeking the wellbeing of our neighbor in truth. As Jesus modeled what it looks like to be treated wrongly yet extend mercy and grace, so do we. (Matt 22:37-40; Luke 6:27-36; John 13:34-35; John 17:20-23)
Equipping believers. We obey Jesus’ commandment to make disciples who will make disciples wherever life happens. As Jesus lived and taught the truth in authentic relationships with others in all contexts of life, so do we. (Matt 28:19-20; Matt 5-7; Ephesians 4:12)
Serving our communities. We follow Jesus in being sent as the Father sent Him to serve—for the flourishing of the family, the marketplace, the government, the schools and the city in places close by and far away. As Jesus was sent into the world that God so loved, so are we. (Mark 10:45; John 3:16; 20:21; Matt. 28:18-20)
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Scripture. We believe the Bible is the Word of God. We believe the writings contained in the Scriptures are verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe the Bible is the absolute authority in matters of faith and life.
God the Trinity. We believe that there is one only God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Christ the Son. We believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin, Mary. We believe Jesus is true God and true man. We believe He lived a perfect and sinless life.
Sin. We believe in the concept and reality of sin. We believe sin is any thought, word or deed in contrast to the principles and commands found in the Bible. We believe sin can be either an act of omission or commission. The Bible does not grade or classify sin as mortal or venial. Personal sin has both temporal and eternal consequences. The advent of sin resulted in both physical death and spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God.
Salvation. We believe our salvation cannot be earned and is never deserved. We believe Jesus died for the sins of the world as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe the “good news” that Jesus died on their behalf, to pay a sin debt we could never pay, are reconciled to God and are adopted into the family of God. We are saved by grace through faith, not by behavior, good intentions, church membership, attendance or acts of penance.
Worship. We believe local assemblies of followers of Jesus should regularly baptize individuals as they come to faith in Jesus and celebrate the Lord’s Table. We believe the Lord’s Table is the occasion for believers to reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. There is no merit or grace connected to the Lord’s Table other than the blessing connected with times of reflection and repentance.
Resurrection of Jesus. We believe the Easter narrative. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us, as Advocate, and the only Mediator between God and man.
Return of Jesus. We believed Jesus’ last words when He said He would return to earth. We believe in the personal and bodily return of our Jesus to set up His Kingdom upon the earth, where He will reign in righteousness and justice.