Our Mission, Priorities & Beliefs

OUR MISSION

Beginning where you are; becoming more like Jesus.

 

OUR PRIORITIES

Producing lives changed by Christ as we GATHER, GROW and GO. (Colossians 1:28)

 

OUR BELIEFS

The Scriptures

We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

The Godhead

We believe in one God, the Creator of all things, eternally existing in three equal persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who have the same nature and attributes but who are distinct in office and activity.  We believe that the nature and attributes of each person in the Godhead are, among other things, completely holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, eternal, just, and loving. (Nehemiah 9:6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 1:3-14, Isaiah 6:1-3)

The Person and Work of God the Father

We believe that God the Father is totally sovereign in all that has or shall come to pass.  As such, He is the author of election, through which He chooses a people for Himself.  He was the sender of His only Son, Jesus Christ.  As the Father of the elect, He is also their provider and disciplinarian. (Psalm 93:1-2, Ephesians 1:3-6)

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God to man and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation is guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where, as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people. (John 1:1-18, Luke 1:26-38, Colossians 1:15-23, Romans 6:1-14, Hebrews 7:11-28)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is that person of the trinity who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin. He also regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizing them at the moment of salvation into the Church (the Body of Christ), indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows on them spiritual gifts, and empowers those yielded to Him. It is the Spirit's ministry to lead, instruct, and fill (or control) believers as they are yielded to Him and are steadfast in the study of Scripture and in prayer. (John 16:5-16, 1 Corinthians 12:1-14)

Creation and the Fall

We believe that all things in heaven and on earth were created by God and exist by His power and for His glory.  We believe that man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but that he sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and to his posterity. We believe that man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God, is incapable of redeeming himself, and is in need of salvation.  (Genesis 1-2, Genesis 3, Romans 3:10-12)

Salvation

We believe that every man is lost in sin apart from Christ and in need of a Savior. We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that man is justified by grace through faith alone, apart from works. We believe that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever. (Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 8:28-39) 

Sanctification 

We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart of an individual unto God, is positional, progressive, and ultimate:

Positionally, it is already complete, since the believer is in Christ and is set apart unto God as Christ is set apart unto God.

Since the believer retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification (or spiritual growth) whereby the Christian matures in grace by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Ultimately, the child of God will be sanctified when he is taken to be with Christ and becomes like Him. (1 Thessalonians 5:22-23, 1 John 3:1-2)

The Church 

We believe that the universal church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this age. We believe that the church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purpose of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, and prayer, thereby to be equipped for Christian service and evangelism. (Ephesisans 1:22-23, Acts 11:19-30)

The Ordinances

We believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which are to be observed by believers until He returns. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Matthew 28:19-20)

The End Times

We believe in the promised bodily return of Jesus Christ to resurrect the dead and to judge all mankind.

We believe that the spirits of believers in Jesus Christ in this age pass immediately into His presence at death and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body.  At that time the spirit and body shall be reunited and shall be with Him forever in glory. We believe that the spirits of unbelievers remain in conscious torment in Hades after death until the final judgment.  At that time spirit and body shall be reunited, not to be annihilated but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord. (Luke 21:25-28, John 5:25-29)

The Interpretation of Scripture 

We believe that the Bible is to be interpreted according to the historicogrammatical canons of interpretation. Historical interpretation necessitates a recognition on the reader’s part of the age to which any given writing is addressed and that its meaning within that age is the basis for interpretation and application for today, with the exception of specific futuristic prophecy which at times was not understood even by the prophets (I Peter 1:10-12). Grammatical interpretation is to be according to the normal rules of grammar of the original language.

We believe that according to the “eternal purpose” of God, salvation in the divine reckoning is always reckoned by grace, through faith, and rests upon the basis of the shed blood of Christ . (Ephesians 2:1-10)

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