Our Mission and Values
Our Purpose / Mission Statement
To glorify God by sharing His love in our community through reaching out and building up. 1Thessalonians 5:9-11
- We VALUE obedience to Jesus Christ in all situations.
- We VALUE each individual as one who matters to God.
- We VALUE dependence on and confidence in God’s ability to do more than we can ask or imagine. Therefore, we are willing to take risks and expect that God will surprise us.
- We VALUE Christ honoring; culturally relevant worship.
- We VALUE evangelistic outreach ministry to those who do not yet belong to Christ and the church.
- We VALUE each believer growing in Christ likeness and serving in ministry based on their spiritual gifts.
- We VALUE vital reproducing congregations.
- We VALUE trained, committed, and competent leaders (pastors and lay persons).
- We VALUE Christian unity within a diverse body of faith.
- We VALUE accountability among believers and congregations.
We believe the Word of God is enclosed in both the Old and New Testaments. They are inspired of God, in whole, and in part. They are error-free in the original writings and are the supreme authority of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ. We further believe that there is but one true interpretation of any Biblical passage with different practical applications. (Psalm 119:160; II Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12)
We believe there is but one living and true God who is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable. We further believe that God is one in essence while existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though each person of the Godhead possesses precisely the same nature and attributes, each functions differently in respect to God’s purposes and dealings with man. (Deuteronomy 4:39, 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to his own purpose, pleasure, and grace. The Father is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption. He has decreed all things that come to pass for his own glory. He graciously involves himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ. (I Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 103:19; Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6)
The second person of the Trinity is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of man. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, surrendered nothing of his deity during his earthly life. Having led a sinless life, he satisfied the Father’s justice concerning sin by his substitutionary death. We believe in his bodily resurrection, his physical ascension, and his visible return to earth to establish his earthly kingdom. (John 1:14-18; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:24-26; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:16-18; Revelation 20:11-15)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The third person of the Trinity executes the will of God in the world of men. It is the Holy Spirit who applies the salvation that Jesus Christ secured through his death on the cross. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers the church to live a lifestyle pleasing to God, endowing it with special gifts that equip believers to accomplish distinct ministries, planned beforehand by God the Father. (John 3:1-8 & 15-16, 15:4-15; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18-21)
We believe that humankind was directly created in the image of God to enjoy his fellowship and to fulfill God’s will on earth. Through the first humans, Adam and Eve, humanity sinned by a voluntary act of personal disobedience to the will of God. As a result, all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of physical death. The fall of humanity was a non-repeatable historical fact, the effects of which are transmitted to all persons, each of whom is born with a sinful nature and sins habitually in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7, 3:3-4; Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in him are declared justified by the Father on the grounds of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith have been regenerated by and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They become, thereby, the children of God forever and members of the one true church, the universal Body of Christ. This salvation will result in righteous living and good works as the believer submits his or her life to the control of the Holy Spirit who directs the life of the believer in harmony with the Word of God. (John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26, 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1- 4; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians1:7, 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 10:10-12; 1 John 5:11-13)
We believe that all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true universal church and are directed by the Scriptures to associate themselves in local visible churches. The local church is the only scriptural representation of Christ’s invisible church and consists only of regenerated believers. The local church is autonomous in its government and recognizes its own members for Biblical offices and leadership positions. We observe the ordinances of baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the practice of feet washing during the Holy Week Service. The purpose of the church is to fulfill the mandate of Jesus Christ to “go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47, 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
We believe that God in His own time and in His own way will bring an appropriate end to the earth. This will include Jesus Christ’s bodily and visible return to earth in which the righteous will receive an eternal relationship in his presence, and the unrighteous will be condemned to an eternity of judgment. (Matthew 24-25; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 1Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 20:1-4)