Our core values are like DNA. No two people are alike and no two churches are alike either. These values tell who we are. Our core values are also like GPS. While there might be many ways to a destination, most people try to find the best or right path. These values help us not to stray from who we are. We have four core values that describe us and direct us.
Every aspect of our lives, not just what we do on Sundays, ought to be an act of worship to the Lord. We were made to see and savor the glory of God.
God is the source of all truth, and he has spoken to us plainly in the Bible. We desire to be a people who consistently hear and apply God’s precious word to our everyday lives.
The church is not built by personalities or gimmicks but through the powerful working of the Holy Spirit. Because of this we need to be prayerfully dependent on him as we strive to selflessly serve others.
The church is a community of diverse people united by the work of Jesus. Our shared lives together are meant to display the life-transforming power of the gospel.
Our core values flow from the gospel into everyday life, so that our lives might be for God’s glory.
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32)
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Gen. 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matt. 28:19; John 4:24; Rom. 1:19-20; Eph. 4:5-6)
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Luke 10:21,-22; Matt. 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Rom. 1:7; 1 Tim. 1:1-2; 2:5-6; 1 Pet. 1:3; Rev. 1:6)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Rom. 9:5; 8:46; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matt. 20:28; Eph. 1:4; Acts 1:11; Rom. 5:6-8; 6:9, 10; Heb. 7:25; 9:28; 1 Tim. 3:16)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Gal. 5:22-26)
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, are delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. (Gen. 1:26; 2:17; 3:19; 5:2; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Rom. 9:22; 2 Thess. 1:9; Rev. 19:3, 20; 20:10, 14, 15; 21:18; Psa. 51:7; Jer. 17:9; Jms. 1:14; Rom. 3:19; 5:19; Prov. 28:13; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:1)
We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a group of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and united for the purpose of worship of the Lord, edification of the saints, and evangelism of the lost. (Eph. 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Eph. 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:23-25)
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 12:1-3; Heb.12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Cor. 9:6-9; 1 Cor. 4:2; Col. 1:9-10)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
We believe that every human being has a direct relationship with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. We also believe that every church is self-governing and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. (1 Tim. 2:5; Rom. 14:7-9, 12)
Marriage & The Family
We believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment before the Lord. Through the gift of marriage God has revealed the union between Christ and His church and provided the appropriate channel for sexual intimacy and the procreation of the human race. We believe that man and woman are of equal worth and dignity before the Lord, since both are created in the image of God. Yet in marriage God has created the husband and wife with differing roles. We believe the biblical role for the husband is loving, humble headship. This means that the husband has a God-given responsibility to love his wife as Christ loved the church, to provide physically and spiritually for his wife and to protect his wife from threats to her security. We believe that the biblical role for the wife is joyful, intelligent submission. This means that the wife has a God-given responsibility to submit herself to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ, to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. (Gen. 1:26-28; Matt. 5:31-32; Mark 10:6-12; Rom. 1:18-32; Eph. 5:21-33; Col. 3:18-19; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Tit. 2:3-5; 1 Pet. 3:1-7)
We believe that children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Deut. 6:4-9; Psa. 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 139:13-14; Prov. 6:2-22; Eph. 6:1-4, Col. 3:20-21)
The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal pleasure of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Matt. 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; 1 Thess. 4:15; 2 Tim. 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 4:5; 1 Cor. 15; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Rev. 20:4-6, 11-15)
Elder Affirmation of Faith
We believe the Lord charges the eldership of local churches to consistently teach the whole counsel of God. We also believe that doctrinal unity within the church is essential for church health and vitality. In light of these convictions, this document in some detail outlines our beliefs on the central doctrines of the Christian faith and will serve as the official doctrinal position of our pastoral team. Read the entire document here.