The Gospel of salvation through the finished work of Christ is the true source for all Christian security, identity, community, maturity and evangelism.
(Romans 1:16-17; 1 Corinthians 1:17-18; Galatians 6:14)
The Bible is the Word of God. It is the ultimate source of truth and authority, and defines the parameters and purposes of a genuine Christian community.
(Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12)
Jesus is Lord! Full devotion to Christ in every area of our lives is the daily commitment of every authentic Christian.
(Matthew 16:24-25; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9, 12-13; 1 Peter 3:15)
Joyful worship celebrating who God is and what He has done for us in Christ is the heart of our community.
(Philippians 4:4; Revelation 19:5-8; Psalm 145:7; 146:1-2; 150:1-6)
All people matter to God and to us. This compels us to be personally passionate in our witness to the Gospel and culturally relevant in our ministries as we draw people into a life of genuine community centered in the transforming power of Christ.
(Luke 19:10; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Every member is equally a minister of Jesus Christ. We are each called to serve others through our unique spiritual giftedness.
(1 Peter 4:9-10-11; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:11-16)
Authentic, caring relationships create genuine community. We are called to serve and support one another with a prayerful, grace-orientation that encourages honesty, openness and forgiveness.
(John 13:35; Matthew 20:28; Romans 15:7; Philippians 2:1-5; 1 John 3:16)
Excellence honors God and inspires people. In every ministry we undertake we offer God our best.
(Colossians 3:17, 23-24; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Samuel 24:24: Malachi: 1:7-8, 13-14)
The church should be led by servant-leaders who are team-builders and team-players, whose passion is to recruit, equip and encourage people for effective service and growing fellowship.
(Romans 12:8; Luke 22:25-27; Hebrews 13:7, 17)
All our time, treasure and talents belong to God. Our energy and resources should be offered joyfully, allocated effectively and used faithfully, with absolute integrity and high accountability.
(2 Chronicles 16:9; Malachi 3:9-10; Proverbs 3:9-10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11)
The Bible (Old and New Testament) is the divinely inspired Word of God. It is perfect for its purpose and its purpose is to reunite us to God as His children through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15). Therefore we submit our reason and will to the authority of Scripture. All Scripture points to Jesus Christ (Luke 24:25-27; 44-49; John 5:39-40), who reveals the heart and character of God (John 10:30; 14:6-10). The revelation of Jesus Christ and His church in the New Testament is the inspired fulfillment and final interpretation of all God revealed to Israel in the Old Testament. The truth of Scripture is our basis for teaching, correction and training in righteousness. It guides our relationship with God now and points us to the complete restoration of humanity and creation in eternity.
(Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 3:2; Isaiah 55:8-11)
There is one eternal, holy God, infinite, personal and knowable, who has revealed Himself in the Trinity (tri-unity) of three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit—each of Whom possesses all the attributes of deity. Our God is worthy of our complete trust, worship and obedience.
(Genesis 1:1-2, 26; John 1:1-4; Deuteronomy. 6:4-5; Hebrews 1:1-2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians. 13:14; Ephesians 2:18, 22; Romans 8 portrays the interwoven work of the Trinity)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fully human and fully divine, was born of a virgin and was sinless in nature and life. He died on the Cross bearing the penalty for our sins, then rose victorious over death from the grave. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, plus nothing, is the Gospel: the one, all-sufficient basis of human salvation. Eternal life is God’s gift of grace for all who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
(Romans 6:23; 4:25-5:1; 3:20-26; Matthew 1:21-23; John 3:16-18, 36; 6:40; Isaiah 53:4-12; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:4-8; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Hebrews 9:26-28; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; 1 John 5:10-13; Revelation 1:5-6)
The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and our need for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. He then unites the believer to the Body of Christ [His church], making real and effective all that Christ promised in the believer’s life. The power of the indwelling Holy Spirit enables us to obey and share the Lord Jesus Christ; calling us to purity, faithfulness and integrity in every area of our lives. The Holy Spirit also imparts gifts to every believer for works of ministry, but no one spiritual gift is the necessary evidence of salvation or of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
(John 14:15-18; 16:7-15; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:18, 22; 4:30; Romans 8:5-16; Acts 1:4-8; 2:38-39; Luke 11:13; Zechariah 4:6; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
Full devotion to Jesus as Lord is our joyful response to God’s gift of salvation. Genuine discipleship to Christ flows from our security in Christ. It is the Spirit-led fruit of receiving Christ’s salvation—never the root of salvation. Scripture teaches that our fruit (character and actions) is judged only to reveal the true root of our life (self or the Savior). The highest evidence of a life rooted in Christ is self-sacrificing love.
(Matthew 7:16-24; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 13:34-35; Romans 8:3-4; Galatians 5:16-25; Titus 2:11-14 and 3:4-8; Jude 3-4, 17-19; Revelation 22:12-17)
We are a part of the universal Body of Christ—all those who trust Jesus as Lord and Savior. Every congregation gathered around the risen Lord and empowered by His Spirit for mutual growth, encouragement, evangelism, service and worship is a local expression of Christ’s universal church. In obedience to Christ we express our faith in Him through the signs of the New Covenant: Baptism by immersion in water and celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
(Matthew 16:16-19; Ephesians 3:10-12; 4:4-6, 15-16; Colossians 1:18-24; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 2-3; Matthew 26: 26-29; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-11)
The Kingdom of God, ushered in by Christ at His first Advent, will be fully realized (visibly and physically) at His Second Coming. Christ will appear in glory to end human suffering, to resurrect the dead, to receive all those who are His and to destroy those who refuse His salvation.
(Hebrews 9:26-28; Matthew 13:39-43; 24:27-31; 25:31-34; John 5:24-29; 6:39-40; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; 2 Peter 2:6)