The Bible teaches that the church body is one body with many parts, that we are all gifted individually to build up the body and that all members are equally important. Christ prayed for oneness for us and Paul taught that we should all speak the same thing. We believe that we must agree on the foundational truths that Scripture teaches us to believe and reserve our debates on non-crucial topics for an afternoon at a coffee shop. Below you will find our Core Values, Doctrinal Statements and Statement of Faith. All of these statements are deeply rooted in scripture and are essential to us walking as one.
- We are convinced that the only way of salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
- We believe that Jesus is the head of the church, therefore we look to Him to lead us as He desires.
- We believe the greatest of all commands is love, therefore we must pursue love of God and others above all else.
- We believe that every believer is to play a vital part in the overall spiritual growth of the body.
- We believe that every believer has been gifted by the Holy Spirit, therefore we will help all excel in their gift.
- We are committed to unity, understanding that the world knows God sent the Son through the oneness we have with each other.
- We are committed to discipleship, walking with others from spiritual birth to spiritual maturity.
- We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and it is our sole authority for our faith and practice.
- We believe that prayer is an essential activity of both the individual members and the church as a whole when we come together.
- We believe no one is more called and therefore blessed in their efforts to train children as the parents, therefore we will help parents in anyway possible in their ministry to their children.
- We believe an important activity of the church is to break bread to remember the Lord and proclaim His death until He comes again.
- We are broken over the awareness that lost people go to Hell, so we will do whatever it takes to reach them with the message of the Gospel.
- We are aware that Paul was concerned the enemy would deceive the church away from the simplicity in Christ, and therefore are committed to a simple devotion to the Lord.
- We understand that God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble, therefore we desire to clothe ourselves with humility toward God and one another.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These are co-equal, co-eternal, and are one God. God is the only one who always does what is good and right and perfect. God is Holy.
Genesis 1:1-2, 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return someday to judge the living and the dead.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christ Follower from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christ follower with power for living, understanding of the Word of God (the Bible), and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christ followers, we seek to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18; Galatians 5:25
About the Bible
The Bible is God's Word to us. Written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Being inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error in the original autographs.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
About Human Beings
People are made in the image of God, to be like Him in Character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. All of us are marred by a disobedient nature toward God called SIN. This nature separates people from God.
Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6; Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 1:7, 4:26
Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Salvation begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith. After this we begin to develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible Study, obedience to His Word, and fellowship with other believers through the process of Sanctification. Finally, when our earthily lives are over, we spend eternity with God in heaven, also called Glorification.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:27-29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9
We affirm God's plan for marriage and sexual intimacy – one man, and one woman, for life. Homosexuality is not a "valid alternative lifestyle." The Bible condemns it as sin. It is not, however, unforgivable sin. The same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals. They, too, may become new creations in Christ.
Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6
IN ESSENTIAL BELIEFS . . . WE HAVE UNITY
"There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…" Ephesians 4:4-6
IN NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS . . . WE HAVE LIBERTY
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls…So then each of us will give account to himself to God…So that whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14:1,4,12,22
IN ALL OF OUR BELIEFS . . . WE SHOW CHARITY
"If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all." 1 Corinthians 13:2