What We Believe
OUR CORE VALUES
We value relationships that are real, raw and rich with love for one another. Because people are made for life-giving relationships, we will create environments that nurture meaningful human connections.
(Acts 2:42-46; 1 John 1:6-8; Hebrews 10:25)
We value spiritual growth that activates faith in Jesus. Because God has called us to mature fully in our faith, we will create next steps to encourage spiritual formation for all.
(Ephesians 4:12-13; Colossians 1:28; 2 Peter 3:18)
We value reaching out to those who are far from God and lost. Because Jesus is the way to know God, we will do anything, short of sin, to lead people to a saving faith in Him.
(2 Corinthians 5:20; Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 15; Hebrews 10:25)
About the Bible | We believe the Bible is inspired by God and that His Spirit directed men to write His words; therefore, we believe that it contains no errors. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
About God | We believe that there is only one God who exists in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)
About Jesus | We believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, that he is both God and man, that he never sinned, and that he performed miracles. Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead so that sins can be forgiven. Jesus is now with the Father in heaven but will some day return to earth in power and glory. (John 1:1; Philippians 2:5-6; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 7:26; Acts 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Matthew 28:6; Acts 1:9-11)
About the Holy Spirit | We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every Christian and that He provides the power for living a life that pleases God. The Holy Spirit guides the believer to what is true and strengthens him to resist what is not from God. The Holy Spirit gives every believer spiritual gifts for the building up of the church. We are filled by the Holy Spirit when we yield to God's authority in our life and ask Him to fill us. (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13; Ephesians 5:18)
About Mankind | We believe that all people are created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sin, rebelling against God's will. Therefore, a person is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his or her own effort alone. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:8-9)
About Salvation | We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, only those who place their faith in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross will be saved. When a person believes in Jesus, God--the Holy Spirit, gives that person a brand new life--he or she is born anew. (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 4:6)
About the Christian Life | We believe that all Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. By obeying God's commands as found in the Bible and by yielding daily to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:20-26; John 14:23-24; Romans 12:1-3)
About Eternity | We believe that those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ will live eternally with God (heaven), and that those who have not placed their faith in Jesus will live eternally without God (hell).
(Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:1-15; Revelation 21:8)
Baptism And The Lords Supper | We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
About the Church | We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the Church are those who have placed their faith in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world.
(Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 28:18-20)
We believe in the holy institution of marriage between one man and one woman, rooted as it is in God’s creation of man and woman in His image and in the relationship between Christ and His Church.
(Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-33)
We believe in the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.
(Genesis 9:5-6; Exodus 20:13; Psalms 139:13-16)