WHAT WE BELIEVE IN
LOVE JESUS: We believe that loving Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength is the most important thing we could ever do. Our love is a response to first being loved and accepted by God despite how broken and flawed we are.
LIVE LIKE JESUS: When we love Jesus, the outpouring of his unconditional love transforms us from the inside-out in a way that prompts personal change in attitude, value, priority, and action that aligns with the character and person-hood of Jesus. The change extends not only to our speech, thought, and conduct, but also to our pursuit of racial and social justice in the world.
LEAD OTHERS TO JESUS: We know the joy, hope, peace, and purpose that loving Jesus and living like Jesus can bring, so we want to share it with others. We want everyone in the world to find God and his vision and purpose for their lives.
Gospel: We value God’s unconditional love for us. The Good News of what God has done to restore and reconcile our relationship with Him through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is our foundation; it is at the center of everything we do.
Soul Care: We value an intimacy with God that enables us to live from a place of overflow. We want to slow down, spend time with God, and let him continually renew our inner self. Thus, we prioritize being over doing.
Salvation: We value eternal life for people of all nations, tribes, and languages (Revelation 7:9). Thus, we value ethnic diversity and we give priority to what compels the unchurched towards Christ. We do church to reach new people, not recycle saved people.
Justice: We value the calling that comes with salvation to seek justice and love mercy as a tangible expression of the Gospel. So, we seek racial and social justice for all of God’s creation, particularly for the most marginalized and powerless in our community and around the world.
Community: We value opening our hearts and lives to one another in authentic relationships that stand against today’s cultural norm of individualism. We believe that being a disciple of Jesus is directly connected to cultivating deep relationships with one another where there is vulnerability, accountability, and shared spiritual disciplines.
We believe that the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of humanity, and the only infallible rule and authority for faith, practice and life.
We believe in one true and living God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplishes salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where at God's right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ and and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
Humanity and Salvation
We believe that God created man and woman in His own image as the crown of creation that they might have fellowship with Him. But, tempted by Satan, they defied God by sinfully going their own way. Therefore, they became subject to divine wrath and, apart from the grace of God, are incapable of returning to God. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe. By Christ's death as our substitute, He revealed divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Salvation comes only through God's saving grace--not human effort--and must be received personally by repentance and faith.
Genesis 1:27, Psalms 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2 John 3:16; I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, I Corinthians 2:7-9, Revelation 20:15, 2 Corinthians 4:15, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12; 10:29, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1; 10:9-10, 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14, I Peter 1:3-5
We believe that a New Testament church is a local assembly of believers who trust in Jesus and His atoning work. In practice, the church assembles regularly to worship God, to observe baptism and communion, to fellowship together in the study of the Word and in prayer, to exercise their spiritual gifts for the edification of one another, and to bear witness to the Gospel, both locally and globally.
The universal Church includes all believers of all ages. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church.
We believe in the return of Christ in visible, bodily form to raise the dead and to judge all people. The unbeliever will be separated from God's presence forever, but the believer, in glorious body, will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.
Acts 1:8-12, John 14:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:10, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58, Romans 8:1, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:11-15.