What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

What We Believe

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable
for teaching, for reproof, for correction,
and for training in righteousness."

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Our beliefs are the mental grid by which we understand God and His work in and through us. Below, you will find our essential, core beliefs. We have adopted a saying that describes us well...“In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty and in all things love” That means we will strive for unity in our core beliefs while giving grace and liberty in the things that we feel are not essential. Because of our diversity, we won't agree on everything, and we are ok with that! But, in everything we will love...following the example of Jesus! Take some time to read over what we consider to be our essentials below:

[Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are currently under revision and will be posted here soon.]

THE NATURE OF GOD

We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of the universe, who eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and we affirm His desire to be intimately involved in the lives of men and women.
God as Creator: Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalms 33:6, Psalms 102:25; Jeremiah 10:12; Acts 17:24-25; Hebrews 11:3
God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 
Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 20-21
Man Created in God’s Image for Fellowship with Him: Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 5:2; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 John 1:3

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe Scripture to be the inspired Word of God, without any mixture of error in the original writings, and that they are the complete and final authority for the life and practice of all who follow Christ.
Exodus 34:27-28; 2 Samuel 23:2; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 1:2; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

THE NATURE OF HUMANITY

We believe all men and women to be created in the image of God for the purpose of fellowship with Him, and that we have all forfeited that fellowship because each of us, according to our nature and by
acts of our wills, have rejected God.
Man Created in God’s Image for Fellowship with Him: Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 5:2; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 John 1:3
The Result of Sin: Psalms 14:1-3; Psalms 51:5; Romans 5:12-14;Romans 7:5; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:19-21; Ephesians 2:1-5; Jeremiah 7:9

THE NATURE OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe in Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, who in His nature is both fully human and
fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
Jesus’ Human Nature: Luke 2:6-7; John 1:14; Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 4:2. 
Jesus’ Divine Nature: John 1:1-4; 1 John 5:20; John 1:18, Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:25; John 5:18; Romans 9:5; Philippians 2:5-6; Colossians 2:9-10; 
Hebrews 1:3; 2 Peter 1:1

THE NATURE OF JESUS CHRIST’S DEATH

We believe that as an ultimate act of God’s love Christ came to earth, lived a sinless life and accepted upon Himself the penalty for our sin through His death on the cross.
Isaiah 53:5-6; Matthew 20:28; John 3:14-15; Romans 5:6-8; Galatians 3:15; Colossians 2:13-15;1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and accept it as an affirmation of His power over death and promise of eternal life for those who place their faith in Him.
Romans 1:1-4; Romans 4:25; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; Ephesians 1:18-21; 1 Peter 1:3-4; Matthew 16:21; Matthew 28:1-11; Luke 8:31-33;
Luke 24:45-47; Luke 2:19-22; Acts 2:24; Acts 13:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

ETERNAL LIFE

We believe that God freely offers eternal life to anyone who would place his or her faith in Christ and that this comes as God’s gift to us apart from our own merits or standards of righteousness. We believe that all true believers, once they have placed their faith in Christ, are kept secure in Him forever.
Eternal Life: Romans 6:23; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 5:24; John 11:25; John 20:31; Romans 8:38-39; 1 John 5:11-13; Titus 3:5; John 10:10
Eternal Security: John 10:28-29; John 4:13-14; John 6:35, 37, 39; Romans 11:29; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:13-14

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who indwells, directs, and enables those who are in Christ and endows the body of Christ with supernatural gifts for the accomplishment of His purpose and ministry.
Ezekiel 36:27; Romans 8:9, 11, 26; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 2:22; 1 Corinthians 12:2-11; 
John 14:16-18, 26; John 16:7-8; Acts 1:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13

THE BAPTISM AND FULLNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment one places his or her faith in Christ and is the act through which a new believer is incorporated into the body of Christ. We believe that the fullness of the Holy Spirit occurs as a believer willingly turns from sin and yields to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in his or her life.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; John 7:38-39; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:3-6
The Fullness of the Spirit: Romans 8:9; Romans 8:13-15; Galatians 5:16-17,25; Galatians 6:7-8; Colossians 3:15


THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church exists universally, is made up of all those who have come to faith in Christ and expresses itself in local congregations who have banded together to glorify Christ
in their lives and ministry.
Church as Body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Acts 2:42-47
Church Expressed in Local Bodies: 2 Corinthians 8:23; Galatians 1:2; Acts 8:1; Acts 13:1; Acts 18:22; Acts 20:17; Romans 16:1-5


THE ORDINANCES

We believe that the Lord Jesus instituted the ordinances of baptism and Lord’s Supper (Communion) to be observed by all believers until His return. We believe that baptism is not necessary for salvation but is a public testimony of the believer’s personal relationship to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and is therefore an essential act of Christian commitment.
Baptism: Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:37-41; Acts 8:12, 36-38; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 16:31-33; Acts 22:14-16; Mark 16:16
Nature of Water Baptism: 1 Peter 3:21-22; Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16
Lord’s Supper: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Luke 22:14-19; Acts 2:42


HEAVEN AND HELL

We believe in a literal heaven and hell and that all men and women are eternal beings who either spend eternity in God’s presence as a result of their faith in Jesus Christ or separated from God because of their rejection of Christ.
Heaven: Isaiah 66:1; John 14:2-3; Psalms 16:11; Psalms 23:6; Psalms 73:24-26; Matthew 6:20; Luke 23:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 21:23-27
Hell: Isaiah 66:24;Matthew 10:28; 25:46; Luke 16:23-26; Romans 2:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Mark 9:43


RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST

We live in anticipation of the Lord’s promised and bodily return.
Matthew 16:26-27; Matthew 24:30-31; Matthew 25:31-33; Luke 9:26; Luke 12:40;  Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Position Papers
(coming soon)

Through our position papers, we desire to communicate biblical truth in a theological and practical way as it relates to some of the pressing and relevant issues in our culture and context. Our prayer is that these papers will stir us on both to biblical fidelity and to good works in our respective spheres of influence.