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Our Beliefs

OUR PURPOSE

We are a purpose driven church that believes that church is about more than just sitting in a service once a week. Church is about creating an environment where people can find a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and then begin the wonderful journey of discovering their purpose.

We believe that God has designed each person for the following five purposes:

  • Worship — The way we express our love to God.
  • Connect — God wants me to be a member of his family and participate in the life of the church.
  • Grow — God wants me to be a model of his character.
  • Serve — God wants me to do things for others to show his love.
  • Share — God wants me to be a witness of his love to everyone.
  • Everything we do as a church is designed to help us embrace at least one of these areas of our lives in a greater way.

    OUR PASSION

    To lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by creating environments where participants are encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, community with insiders and influence with outsiders.

    Strategic Service

    As gifted members of the body of Christ, each believer is responsible for exercising his or her gifts in tandem with other members of the body. It is not enough to exercise spiritual gifts. Maximum impact is contingent upon a coordinated, strategic exercise of gifts in the body.

    Intentional Apprenticing

    We believe that every believer is responsible for passing along to others the knowledge, skills, and opportunities for service that God, through others entrusted to them.

    Authentic Community

    We believe accountability, care, and a sense of belonging are critical to balance and progress in our spiritual journey. These three things are best achieved within the context of a small group of like-minded, relationally-connected believers.

    Relevant Environments

    We believe our role is to create environments that are conducive to the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of people. A relevant environment combined with competent leadership will allow us to connect with our audience.

    Biblical Authority

    We Believe God has spoken to us through the Scriptures. Therefore, the Bible is our ultimate authority.

    Intimacy with God

    We believe God desires an intimate relationship with every believer. Through prayer, meditation, worship, and Bible study, we can pursue and achieve intimacy with the Father.

    Relational Evangelism

    We believe that all believers have the responsibility of carrying out the great commission in their sphere of influence.

    WHAT WE BELIEVE

    In any group of people there are invariablly different beliefs and values, we choose to emphasize our common beliefs, not our differences. Our church is filled with people from many different religious backgrounds and some with none at all. Most differences in beliefs are minor issues over irrelevant ideas and concepts that will only be known for certain when we stand together in heaven with our Savior Jesus Christ. Those areas we disagree about, we give space and freedom as long as they are not essential to our salvation. We want to be a church that is able to love both saint and sinner irregardless of their beliefs or values. We do not compromise on essential truths but we teach them with love and seek to lift up people, not put them down. The Bible, the Word of God is our source of all truth and our guide for living.

    In the essential beliefs, we have unity. (We stand together on the basics of Christian faith.)

    “There is one Body and one Spirit… there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” (Ephesians 4:4-6)

    In the non-essential beliefs, we have liberty. (We have room for those with different non-essential beliefs.)

    “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge… Each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God.” (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)

    In all our beliefs, we express love. (We are ALL family and we love each other even if we disagree.)

    “If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge, but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” (1 Corinthians 13:2 (Ph))

    Essential Beliefs:

    The Bible is...

  • the divine revelation of God to mankind
  • our fixed source of authority for faith and conduct
  • without error and endurable for all generations and cultures
  • 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21, Psalm 119:160

    God is...

  • eternal, having always existed outside of time and space
  • a single Being consisting of three Persons — Father, Son, & Holy Spirit
  • Genesis, 1:1,26-27, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22

    Jesus is...

  • eternal Son of God
  • conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin
  • one who ultimately restores mankind from sin
  • raised from the dead and seated with the Heavenly Father
  • Revelation 1:8, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31, 35, Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22, Acts 2:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, James 5:14-16, Matthew 28:6, Luke 24:39, 1 Corinthians 6:14, 15:4, Acts 1:9, 11, 2:33, Philippians 2:9-11, Hebrews 1:3

    The Holy Spirit is...

  • working to make people aware of their need of Jesus
  • given to empower the believer to live the Christian life more victoriously
  • John 16:7-13, 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, Romans 8:16, Luke 24:49, Acts 8:12-17, 19:1-7, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, Acts 10:44-46

    Mankind is...

  • made in the spiritual image of God
  • fallen from innocence due to a willful choice to do wrong
  • destined for eternal separation from God
  • provided an opportunity to be reconciled to God through Christ
  • invited to accept Christ, repent of sin, and get a fresh start
  • Genesis 1:26-30, 3:8-9, Genesis 3:6-24, Romans 3:23, 5:12-19, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:3, 16, Acts 20:21, Romans 5:1, 1 John 1:9, Titus 2:11-13, 3:5-6, Romans 8:38-39, John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12, 1 Peter 1:3-5, John 15:6, 1 Peter 1:16, Hebrews 12:14, Revelation 22:19, Luke 8:13, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 13:12, 1 Peter 1:16, Romans 6:1-11, Galatians 2:20, Philippians 2:12-13

    The Church is...

  • the body of Christ that consists of all Christians on a three-fold mission of upreach, inreach, and outreach
  • respectful of two ordinances — water baptism and The Lord's Table (Holy Communion)
  • Ephesians 4:16, Galatians 3:28-29, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Matthew 22:37-38, Ephesians 4:11-11-13, Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 28:19, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:4, 1 Corinthians 11:26, 2 Peter 1:4

    The Future is...

  • hopeful for those ready for the imminent return of Christ
  • bright for the Christian because of eternal life with God
  • subject to God's own time and God's own way
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 22:12-13, Romans 8:23, Titus 2:13, 2 Peter 3:13, John 14:2-3, Revelation 21:1-7, 22:5, Mark 9:43-48, Revelation 20:11-15, Matthew 25:46

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