VALUES

CONNECTING WITH GOD

The Bible as God’s word and as our highest authority
Psalm 119:105, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Heb 4:12
Personally experiencing and testifying to God’s saving grace
Eph 2:8-9, 1 John 1:2-3, Acts 26:29
Depending on God through prayer
1 Thess 5:16-18, Phil 4:6, Eph 6:18
Doing all that we do as acts of worship unto God
1 Cor 10:31, 1 Cor 15:58, Romans 12:1

GROWING UP

Being faithful in spiritual disciplines
1 Tim 4:13-16, Psalm 1:2, 2 Tim 2:15
Maturing in godly character
Matt 5:16, 1 Tim 4:7-8, Romans 13:14
Growing in love and service for others
Gal 5:13-14, Eph 5:1-2, 1 John 3:18
The vital role of spiritual leaders for discipleship
Eph 4:11-13, 2 Tim 2:2, Heb 13:7, Heb 13:17, Matt 28:18-20

LIVING IT OUT

Living out scriptural values and mandates in all areas of life
James 2:17, 1 John 5:2-3, Luke 9:57-62, Luke 14:25-27, 1 Cor 10:31
Forming a biblical, countercultural community
Acts 2:46-47, Romans 12:2, Eph 5:8-11
Honoring and emulating exemplary Christians – historical and contemporary
Heb 12:1, 1 Peter 5:9, 1 Cor 11:1, Phil 2:29
Leaving a spiritual legacy for the next generation
Joshua 4:4-7, 2 Tim 1:13-14

GIVING IT ALL

Living a passionate and sacrificial life
Matt 26:6-13, Romans 12:11, 2 Cor 11:23-29, 2 Tim 4:6-7
Generosity in giving time, money, talent and energy
Matt 6:19-20, 2 Cor 8:2-3, 2 Cor 9:6-7
Working hard and doing our best
Acts 20:34-35, Col 3:23-24

GETTING CLOSE

Doing life together in all its ups and downs
Romans 12:5, Gal 6:2, Heb 3:13
Having open homes and open lives
Acts 2:44-46, Acts 20:18, Romans 12:13
Relating to each other in love, commitment and honesty
Acts 20:20, 31, Eph 4:15, Heb 10:24-25
Creating and sharing memorable moments
Romans 16:3-13, 1 Thess 2:8

TRAINING UP

Knowing and studying the word of God
Ezra 7:10, 1 Tim 4:13, 2 Tim 4:2, 1 Peter 2:2
Training our minds to think from a Christian perspective in all areas of life
Romans 12:2, Col 1:16, Eph 4:17-18, 2 Cor 10:5
Being able to articulate our faith
1 Peter 3:15, Acts 26:25
Developing our gifts and skills
Exodus 35:10, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Cor 14:12, 1 Peter 4:10
Raising up leaders and ministers
Matt 28:19-20, Col 1:28-29, 2 Tim 2:2, Eph 4:11-13

REACHING OUT

Sharing God’s heart for the lost
Ezekiel 34:16, Matt 9:36-38, Matt 18:14, Luke 19:10
Creative and effective evangelism here and abroad
Acts 1:8, 1 Cor 9:22-23
Compassionate service to the needy
Matt 18:5, Matt 25:40, James 1:27
Equipping and sending out church planting teams
Acts 11:20, Acts 13:2-3, 2 Tim 2:2

BELIEFS

This doctrinal statement reflects the broad, mainstream, conservative evangelical tradition which is consistent with the teachings of the Bible and which has stood the test of history and experience. We specifically affirm the following doctrinal truths:

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Holy Word, without error, and is the sole authority for life.

Scripture

  • 2 Tim. 3:16-17
  • 2 Pet. 1:20-21

THE GODHEAD (TRINITY)

There is one God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; who subsist in unity, and also as three separate distinct Persons.

SCRIPTURE

  • Deut. 6:4
  • Matt. 28:1
  • John 1:14, 10:30
  • 2 Cor. 13:14

GOD THE FATHER

We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity and is the eternal, all-powerful, all-loving, just and perfectly holy, sovereign Ruler and Sustainer of the universe.

Scripture

  • Gen. 1:1
  • Eph. 4:6
  • John 1:12-13, 5:19-21, 17:1-5
  • Isa. 40:21-28, 43:10-13, 46:8-11
  • Rom. 8:14-16

GOD THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity and God’s Son. He was born of a virgin as both God and man, lived a sinless life, died to atone for the sins of human beings, was buried, arose from the grave, ascended into heaven, and will literally return to earth.

SCRIPTURE

John 1:1,14,18, 3:16; Luke 1:30-35; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 2:3,9; Mark 10:45; Acts 2:22-24; John 1:29; Rom. 3:25-26; Heb. 10:5-l4; 1 Pet. 2:24, 3:18; John 20:20; Phil. 3:20-21;Heb. 1:3; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1; Acts 1:11; Heb. 9:28; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess 2:7; Matt. 24:44; Rev. 19:11-21; Rev. 21-22

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the divine helper, assistant, counselor and instructor and His work is to reveal Christ, convict of sin, lead to repentance, guide believers, comfort, strengthen, and sanctify the soul.

SCRIPTURE

1 Cor. 13:8, 14:22; John 16:7-8; 1 Cor. 6:19, 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30; Gal. 5:16-17, 22-23; Rom. 8:5-13; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Rom. 12:3-8

MAN

Man is the special creation of God, made in His image; created to glorify God, worship and serve Him, and have fellowship with Him. Man fell through sin by disobeying God, thus incurring both physical and spiritual death, which alienated him from God. All men are sinners, utterly lost, and totally incapable of saving himself and coming back into right relationship with God by his own merit or effort.

Scripture

  • Gen. 1:26, 2:6-17, 3:17-24
  • Isa. 59:1-2
  • Rom. 3:9-19,23, 5:8
  • Luke 18:26-27
  • Eph. 2:13

SALVATION

Salvation is a gift through repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ and will spend eternity in heaven, while those who die in their sins will spend eternity in hell.

Scripture

Eph. 1:7,13-14; John 1:12-13, 3:1-7, 14-16; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 1:16, 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 8:14-17, 31-39; John 10:27-29, 14:6; Acts 26:20; 1 Pet. 1:3-5

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

Every Christian should live for Christ to God’s glory. By obedience to the Word of God, each believer should mature and progressively become more like Jesus. In the power of the Spirit, each believer should live a holy life; be part of a Christian community to build up the body of Christ through serving others; and be personally involved in making disciples to fulfill the great commission.

Scripture

Gal. 2:20; 1 Pet. 1:15-16, 2:11; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Rom. 6:11-13; Eph. 2:10, 4:11-12, 4:22-24; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:18-20;Col. 1:10; John 15:8, 16

THE CHURCH

The church is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head. The purpose of the church is to make Christ known to lost men and to make disciples, and glorify God on earth.

Scripture

  • Acts 1:8
  • 1 Cor. 12:12-27
  • Eph. 1:20-23, 4:1-6, 4:12-16
  • Matt. 28:18-20
  • John 17
  • Col. 1:24-29