• HOLY SCRIPTURES

    We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God: true, immutable, steadfast, and unchangeable (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

  • ETERNAL GODHEAD

    We believe that God is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the Three are coexistent, coeternal, and equal in divine perfection (1 John 5:7).

  • FALL OF MAN

    We believe that man, created in the image of God, by voluntary disobedience fell into the depths of sin and iniquity, bequeathing sin’s nature and consequences to all mankind, with their accompanying loss of intended meaning and purpose (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12).

  • PLAN OF REDEMPTION

    We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, took our place, and with His life’s blood purchased the pardon for all who believe in Him (John 3:16; Titus 2:14).

  • Salvation through grace

    We believe that salvation is wholly through grace; that no human righteousness or merit can contribute to our receiving God’s love and favor (Ephesians 2:8).

  • Repentance and acceptance

    We believe that, upon sincere repentance and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God through Jesus’ sacrificial death (Romans 10:6-10; 1 John 1:9).

  • New Birth

    We believe that the change that takes place in people at conversion is a very real one; that having received righteousness in Christ and having received of His Spirit, people will have new desires, interests, and pursuits in life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).

  • Daily Christian life

    We believe that it is the will of God that those who have been born again grow in sanctification, become partakers of His holiness, and daily grow stronger in the faith, power, prayer, love, and service (2 Corinthians 7:1).

  • Spirit-Filled Life

    We believe that it is the will of God that believers walk in the Spirit moment by moment, serving the Lord and living lives of patience, love, truth, sincerity, and prayer (Ephesians 4:30-32; Galatians 5:16, 25).

  • Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit

    We believe that the Holy Spirit bestows enabling ministry gifts upon believers, and that these gifts will build up the Body of Christ through edification and evangelism (1 Cor. 12:1-11); as evidence of a Spirit-filled life, believers should show spiritual “fruit”: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22-25).

  • Church Family

    We believe that it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with a congregation of believers with whom we can worship God, observe the ordinances of Christ, exhort and support one another, labor for the salvation of others, and work together to advance the Lord’s Kingdom (Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:24).

  • Moderation

    We believe a Christians’ moderation should be obvious to others and that relationship with Jesus should never lead people into extremes of fanaticism; their lives should model that of Christ in uprightness, balance, humility, and self-sacrifice (Colossians 3:12, 13; Philippians 4:5).

  • Divine healing

    We believe that divine healing is the power of Jesus Christ to heal the sick in answer to the prayer of faith; He, who does not change, is still willing and able to heal the body, as well as the soul and spirit in answer to faith (Mark 16: 17, 18; James 5:14-16).

  • Lord's Supper

    We believe in observing the Lord’s Supper, receiving the broken bread and the fruit of the vine with joy and faith as we partake a new of the life and victory of Christ’s Cross (1 Cor. 11:24-26) 

  • Water Baptism

    We believe that being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an essential response to Jesus’ command, testifying to His lordship as Christ and King (Romans 6:4).

  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of holiness, and to be witnesses of God’s saving grace; we expect the Spirit’s incoming to be after the same manner as that in which He came upon believers in the days of the Early Church (Acts 1: 5, 8; 2:4).

  • 2nd coming of Christ

    We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; the certainty of His coming and the fact that no man knows the hour of His coming prompt our evangelistic efforts; that the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, the dead in Christ shall rise, and the redeemed will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

  • Judgement

    We believe that all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ: the redeemed to be delivered unto everlasting life, and the unrepentant unto everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:11, 12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Statement of Faith

Intimacy

To have a deep abiding relationship with Jesus that’s not a cliché, but true through prayer, worship and the Word, that results in a lifestyle of repentance and spiritual growth.

 

“…whoever says he abides in him [Jesus] ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”

1 John 2:6

2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 27:4; Isaiah 55:6; Philippians 3:9-11

Value

People must be seen the way God sees them and loved the way God loves them. They are precious to Him because He sees beyond where they are to what they can become through His grace.

 

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

1 John 3:18

1 John 4:21; Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 6:32-38; John 13:35, 15:12-13; Philippians 1:5-7; Colossians 3:14, 13:1-13

Family

To build strong, healthy marriages and families that reflect God’s love and grace through classes, discipleship and mentoring.

 

“You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.”

Deuteronomy 11:19; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9

Discipleship

God’s chosen method of growth is through discipleship, building people through authentic, intentional relationships that train and mentor.

Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 4:15

Community

To cultivate an environment where relationships emerge through events, services and group ministry that foster interaction, causing people to grow together in Christ while building trusting relationships.

Psalm 133:1; John 17:11; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 1:9-11, 12:11-30; Colossians 3:14; Hebrews 10:24-26

Team Ministry

To draw on the strengths, experience and spiritual wisdom of the team and to be a place where everyone is involved in serving.

 

“The anointing upon all of us is far greater than the anointing upon any one of us.”  When we are together in one accord, our effectiveness multiplies.

Proverbs 11:14; 1 Chronicles 13:2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

Bible Teaching

Teaching and preaching that does more than inform, but equips, inspires and challenges people to make real changes in their lives by relating to them while remaining Biblically sound.

 

Nathan spoke to David’s roots when he rebuked him using the analogy of a shepherd in 2 Sam. 12:2-3.

2 Samuel 12:2-3; Proverbs 8:10; Colossians 2:8; 1 Timothy 6:20-21; Titus 1:9

Holy Spirit

To allow the Holy Spirit to move with signs, confirming His Word in ways that give glory and honor to Jesus and causes people to draw closer to Him.

Joel 2:27-29; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:8

Missions

To be active in support of global missions through financial, spiritual and practical means such as monthly support, intercession and short term mission trips.

Mark 16:15; Romans 10:15; 3 John 5-8

Outreach

God’s heartbeat is for souls! To never be isolated within the walls of the church by consistently reaching out to the community in creative ways with the love and Truth of the gospel.

 

“Then the Master said to the servant, go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that My house may be filled.”

Luke 14:23

Luke 15:4; Matthew 9:38

Core Values

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Love God. Love people.

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