What We Believe

God

God is the loving Creator of all that exists. God always was and always will be. He is completely good, knows all things, and has all power. He passionately desires a relationship with you and continually invites you into a relationship with Him.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 4:9-10

Jesus Christ

God expressed Himself in human form through Jesus Christ. He was born of a virgin named Mary. He taught us about the Kingdom of God, performed miracles, called people to follow him, and lived a sinless life. He was then executed because of all the sins committed by men. His death was the payment for our sins so that we could be spiritually united with God. Three days later, He physically came back to life, was seen by hundreds, and then returned to Heaven to be with His Father.
Matthew 1:22,23; 22:36-40; Isaiah 9:6; John 1;1-5, 14:6-30; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father to live inside of everyone who is a Christian. He teaches, comforts, guides, convicts, convinces, sanctifies, and empowers each and every Christian. He gives us diverse gifts to discover and to be used together to build up the body of Christ (the church). He helps us to live like Christ.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 2:38; Romans 5:5;1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1

The Church

The church is a divinely instituted body of believers that has been given the mission of accomplishing God's purposes on earth. Each local church is God's primary means of bringing the lost to salvation, the immature to maturity, and equipping disciples of Christ for serving one another. The church is a community of Christians who gather for a common commitment for love, support, encouragement, accountability, service, worship, and growth. Before returning to heaven, Jesus gave the church its mission: To go to all nations proclaiming His gospel and to make disciples. It is the joy of every Christian to share the Good News of the love of Christ with people in their spheres of influence.
Matthew 16:18; 22:34-40; 28:18-20; John 15:5; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 5:42; Eph. 4:11-16; I Peter 3:15

People

People matter to God. Therefore they matter to us. God wants a restored relationship with everyone He created. We are born for relationships. The essence of Christianity is to experience and express God’s love. Much of this happens in Christian relationships. People yearn for love, forgiveness, and leadership. Jesus gives all of this and more.
John 3:16; Matthew 22:37-40; John 14:6

Making a Difference

God creates everyone with the need and the abilities to make a difference in this world. The church empowers people to make an impact according to their faith and passion. When each individual in the group makes an impact, together we can make the ultimate impact. To be a disciple is to make disciples.
Romans 12:4-8

The Bible

The Bible is God's message to all people. It is our privilege to seek and understand God's message, interpret it correctly, and apply it to our lives. Written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. God has provided an abundance of evidence to support what He claims in the Bible. We believe God also guides Christian's everyday lives through the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

Mankind

Mankind has been created in the spiritual image of God. People are the supreme object of love of all of God's physical creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he can also be controlled and held back by his sinful nature. Sin separates man from God. Man can only reach his God-given potential by renouncing sin and being restored in his relationship with God through Jesus Christ. God calls this repentance and holy living.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

Salvation

Salvation is being in a right relationship with God. It means having your sins forgiven rather than being punished for your sins. It means that God's Spirit lives within you in this life and you will enjoy living with God forever in heaven after you die. Salvation is God's gift which is offered to everyone, though not everyone accepts it.
Matthew 5:3-11; Romans 5:1; 6:1-5; Titus 3:5; John 14:1-2

Becoming a Christian

Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or by doing good deeds. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty, which is death. The Bible says we are saved by grace, through faith, in Jesus. The New Testament teaches that people who want to accept God's offer of new life through Jesus respond by believing and confessing that Jesus is the Son of God, repenting of their sins, being baptized (immersed in water), and being committed to a life consistent with following Jesus. Responding to God's offer of grace does not equal earning, working for, or being worthy of salvation. The Bible is clear that there's nothing we can do that puts God in our debt so that He owes us salvation. However, when someone wants to be a fully devoted follower of Christ, they will want to respond as Jesus teaches.
Mark 16:16; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 2:38; Romans 12:1-2; Acts 2:21; 1 John 2:9; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Matthew 7:16, John 15:1-9

Living as a Christian

God desires for people to live an abundant, fruitful life. We grow in our love toward Him and want to do the things that please Him. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we begin a life-long process of being transformed into the image of Christ. Becoming like Jesus in our heart, attitude, and character is what God calls every Christian to do.
John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 5:1-18; Galatians 5:22-23

How our beliefs are lived out:

Upward

We believe that the pursuit of full devotion to Christ and His cause is normal for every believer.
1 Kings 11:4; Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:7

We believe that followers of Christ should manifest authenticity and strive for continuous spiritual growth.
Matthew 26:38ff; Ephesians 4:25-26, 32; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 12:1; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

We believe that the Bible is true and that its teachings are the basis for life-change in the individual’s life and in the life of the church.
Romans 12:7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12; Acts 2:42; 20:32

We believe that excellence honors God, attracts the non-believer, and encourages the believer.
Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14; Proverbs 27:17

Inward

We believe that the church is a community of people who have committed themselves to Christ and are in the process of becoming more like Him.
Romans 3:10

We believe that the members of the church should function as a unified community of servants utilizing their spiritual gifts for the benefit of each other.
Romans 12; Ephesians 4; John 13; Philippians 2; 1 Corinthians 12, 14

We believe that churches should be led by those with leadership gifts, shepherded by those with shepherding gifts, taught by those with teaching gifts, and that every member should know and utilize their gifts and talents for the spiritual and numerical growth of the church.
Nehemiah 1, 2; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 3; 1 Peter 5; Ephesians 4; Acts 6:2-5

We believe that loving relationships should characterize and permeate every aspect of the Christian’s life.
1 Corinthians 13; Nehemiah 3; Luke 10:1; John 12:34-35

We believe that life-change happens best in and through intentional mentoring relationships as Jesus modeled in His life with His disciples.
Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:44-47

Our desire is to continually grow in quality and innovation.
Colossians 3:23

Outward

We believe that unsaved people matter to God, and therefore they matter us.
Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14

We believe that with God working through us, we can reach people where they are and help them experience God’s love fully, day by day, step by step.
2 Corinthians 3:18

Our aim is to reach as many people as possible with the love of Jesus. We will begin where we are by multilying mentoring groups, house churches, and congregations of disciples for regional growth and also plant congregations as God enables in this area and around the world.
Matthew 28:18-20