We believe the Bible is God’s word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives. The Scriptures of the entire Bible are verbally inspired of God. It was not just the ideas that were inspired; even the choice of the words were inspired as the original writers were moved by God to write what He wanted them to say. We therefore believe that (1) the Scriptures are God’s revelation of himself to mankind, (2) they are infallible (never wrong), and (3) they are the divinely authoritative guide for our faith, belief, and manner of living.
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely Holy. The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man and is the only one who can reconcile us to God. Each time we partake of communion we remember Jesus lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.
There is One True God. He has revealed Himself as having always existed without any outside cause or agent bringing Him into being (Isaiah 43:10). He is the Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1) and the One who redeems, saves, and rescues mankind from sin and its painful consequences (Isaiah 43:11). God has further revealed Himself as a single Being (Deuteronomy 6:4) consisting of three interrelated persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22). This concept of one God or Being of three persons is called the Trinity.
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God. He is the Son of God and has always existed. He too is without beginning or end (Revelation 1:8). In order to complete His earthly sacrificial mission, He became human by being born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35). He lived a perfect life, absolutely without sin (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22). While on Earth, He worked many miracles through the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:22, 10:38). In order to restore fallen mankind, He died on the cross as a substitute for the sins of every person (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). He was raised from the dead by the supernatural power of God (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 6:14, 15:4). Since His resurrection He has been exalted (honored), and is seated at the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11,2:23; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
We believe sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. In order to receive forgiveness, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ and submit to His will for our lives. God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and powerful lives in order to help others more effectively. In order to live the holy, fruitful, and power-filled lives God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water, set our mind on Him and His purpose, and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe God has individually equipped us and corporately gathered us as His living body so we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives: to worship Him, strengthen The Church with our unique spiritual gifts, and share the Gospel with the community in which we live.
As Christians, there are a few “acts” we participate in as reminders of the important work that has already taken place in every believer through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Baptism in Water: All who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior are to be baptized (Mark 16:16). This act symbolically declares to all that our old life-style is dead and we are new creations in Christ to live a new life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).
Holy Communion: Also known as The Lord’s Supper, we understand the importance for every believer to take communion regularly. This consists of eating and drinking the “bread and fruit of the vine” in memory of Christ’s suffering and death on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 11:26). By taking communion, we express our awareness that through salvation, (1) we have been made right with God (2) we have eternal life through Jesus Christ, and (3) we look forward to Christ’s second coming (2 Peter 1:4; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 11:26).
The Church and its Mission: The Bible tells us The Church, the dwelling place of God through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22), consists of those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as the only remedy for their sins (John 3:16). In The Church, there are no boundaries or exclusions as to age, race, gender, or denomination. As the head of The Church (Ephesians 1:22-23), Christ has made a way for the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Each believer is an integral part of this commissioning resting in the hope of an eternal place in heaven (Hebrews 12:23).
God’s purpose concerning mankind: (1) to seek and save all who are lost (Luke 19:10), (2) be worshipped by all mankind (Revelation 19:10), and (3) build a unified body of believers (Ephesians 4:12).
Therefore, we believe the threefold mission of The Church is: (1) to evangelize to all the world the truth of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16), (2) to be unified in our worship of God (1 Corinthians 12:13) and (3) to be used by God to build The Church, a group of people working towards being perfected in the image of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 14:12).
In fulfilling this threefold mission, we encourage every believer to be baptized in the Holy Spirit for three specific reasons: (1) to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31), (2) to worship God in a supernatural dimension (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 Corinthians 12-14), and (3) to respond to the full working of Holy Spirit in expressing our individual fruits, gifts and ministries in order to build up The Church (Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 4:11-12; Colossians 1:29).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised and will rule and reign on this earth. History will conclude as the wicked are judged and the righteous enter a new heaven and a new earth.
The Blessed Hope. All Christians who have died will one day rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who have not yet died will be raptured or caught up with them, to be with the Lord. Then Christians of all ages will live with God forever. The scriptural truth of the Lord’s soon return is “the blessed hope” (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:13).
The Millennial Reign of Christ. The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of all Christians, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for 1000 years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6). This millennial (1000-year) reign will bring the salvation of Israel as a nation (Ezekiel 37:21-22; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Romans 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Psalm 72:3-8; Isaiah 11:6-9; Micah 4:3-4).
The Final Judgment. There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead (those who have died without accepting Christ’s salvation) will be raised and judged according to the way they lived. Anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life (the recorded list of people who received Christ’s forgiveness), together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be sent to everlasting punishment in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (sulfur), which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
The New Heavens and the New Earth. “According to God’s promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell and reign forever” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21,22).
The Bible is the key to knowing and doing God’s will. We will present it in a true, relevant, and practical way.
We are committed to restoring fallen man with his heavenly Father through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.
Diversity demands unity and unity allows for diversity.
We equate spiritual growth with prayer.
We have a passion for His presence.
A proper understanding of spiritual authority is essential for true effective Christianity.
We will positively change our world through discipleship. We will invite people into our lives, our church, and our walk.
With a multigenerational perspective we are committed to the equipping and success of all generations.
We will help every Christian discover their gifting and find their place of ministry in the world.
A good attitude is more important than talent and will determine your level of influence.
Personal growth and development is the secret of a quality filled Christian life.
All Christians, regardless of age, are called to be leaders in all places.
We are building a culture of honor. We appreciate and prefer the other and what God has given them and commissioned them to do.
Effectiveness is more important than traditionalism; therefore, we readily embrace change.