Our Beliefs

1.  About God                       

God is the Creator and ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

2.  About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  They are the supreme object of God’s creation.  Although people have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.”  The attitude separates people from God.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2 

3.  About Eternity

Man was created to exist forever.  He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

John 2:25, 3:16, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 18:8, 25:44, 46

4.  About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30;  Titus 2:13 Hebrews 4:14-15;  1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4;  1 Timothy 6:14-15.

5.  About Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to man.  Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:2, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

6.  About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son as God; He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

7.  About the Bible

The bible is God’s word to us.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5

Our Values

It is our core values that make us distinctive as a church. 

1.     Reaching the Unchurched - Luke 19:10, 1 Corinthians 9:22

People separated from God are important to Him and therefore to us.  People should be able to understand and experience the most important message in the world and that drives us to be culturally relevant while remaining true to the Bible

2.    Teaching for Life Change - James 1:23-25

People should be able to understand and experience the most important message in the world.  We emphasize teaching that can be applied to life because scripture is not simply meant to be learned, but put into practice.

3.    Authentic Community - Romans 12:5, Philippians 4:16

We believe that life change and true community happens in the context of small group.  We encourage all of our members to participate in a small group to help them maintain close relationships and serve as a catalyst for spiritual growth.  Church should be an expression of genuine community in a culture where that is rare.

4.    Every Member a Minister - Ephesians 4:12-13

We are to operate as a community of servants discovering, developing, and utilizing our spiritual gifts with others in the church.  Life is not filled-full until we are giving back and serving others.

5.    No Sacred Cows - Colossians 2:8 

Tradition is important, but tradition is only as important as the meaning it carries with it.  We want to honor the past while looking forward to the future.  If there is anything that no longer works, we will find something that does. 

6. In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things love - Romans 14

This famous quote from Augustine is essentially a summary of Romans 14.  This is the spirit of how a church should function.