Our Mission, Vision & Statement of Faith
Our Mission: Teach, Demonstrate, Replicate
These three words express the heart of our faith and the heart of what we understand ourselves to be about as a church. As Jesus taught his followers the values and ways of His Kingdom (foundations), demonstrating them within a meaningful relationship (formation) with His followers, He called them to replicate His values and ways in our world (functioning). In this way, we want to fulfill the great commission Jesus gave us (Mat. 28:19-20), namely to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
Our Vision: To Meet People at Crossroads
As a community, we are called to meet people at the crossroads of life, places of challenge and change, and to love them as Christ loves them. This means that we as disciples of Jesus must meet those around us with the love of God and call them to repentance and return (Acts 3:19, Mark 1:15, Mat. 4:17, Luke 24:46-48).
Our Statement of Faith
We believe the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments to be the God-breathed Word of God, infallible and final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of humanity. We believe the Scriptures are the whole revelation of God’s will for the salvation of humanity, and the divine and final source for all faith and life. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 1:20-21, Mat. 5:18). We reject the notion that any document other than the Old and New Testament is the God-breathed final authority for any human being, regardless of their beliefs.
The Triune God
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4, 2 Cor. 13:14, Heb. 1:3, 1 Cor. 8:6, Mat. 28:19, Jn. 10:30).
The Triune God - God the Father
We believe in God the Father, YAHWEH, who is Spirit and Truth, and desires to be worshiped in spirit and truth. HE is infinite love and is the initiator of salvation and the provider of all good things. HE is good, full of grace, righteous, and holy. He is true light, fore-knowing, perfect in judgment, just and sovereign. HE is self-existent, omnipotent, and immutable. He is infinite, omniscient and omnipresent. HE is jealous, long-suffering and merciful towards those who love Him. (Ex. 3:14, Jn. 4:24, Deut. 32:4, Jn. 4:23, 1 Jn. 4:8-10, 16, Tit. 1:2, Ps. 65:9, Mat. 5:45, Ps. 34:8, 86:5, 1 Pet. 5:10, Isa. 51:8, 1 Pet. 1:15, Lev. 19:2, 1 Jn. 1:5, Isa. 46:9-10, Jer. 9:24, Rom. 3:16, Deut.10:14,17, Jer.10:10, Rev. 19:6, Rom. 1:20, Ps. 119:89-91, Rom. 11:23, Isa.11:23, 40:12-28, Gen.1:1, 1 Kings 8:27, Psa. 147:4-5, Jer. 23:23, Ex. 34:6,14, Psa. 103:8-10, Ex. 20:2).
The Triune God - God the Son
We believe in Jesus Christ, who is both fully God and fully Man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death on the cross, and in His blood shed for our sins, according to the Scriptures. We believe God raised Him bodily from the dead and that He ascended into heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is now our advocate and High Priest. He will return in glory to judge the living and the dead. (Isa. 7:14, Mat. 1:18-25, 1 Cor. 15:1-8, Heb. 7:24-28, Jn.1:1-14, Rom. 3:24-25, 1 Pet. 2:21-25, Acts 1:9-10, 1 Jn. 2:1-2, Mat. 25:31-41).
The Triune God - God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. The Holy Spirit regenerates, seals, guides, instructs and empowers believers for life and service through a diversity of offices, gifts both natural and supernatural, ministries, activities, and manifestations (1 Cor. 12:4-7, 12-14, Eph. 1:13-14, John 16:8-13, Rom. 8:9, Tit. 3:5, Eph. 5:18, 1 John 2:20-27).
We believe humanity was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, yet willfully chose to reject the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of our sin, sickness, death, and judgment entered the world and all creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin. We believe humanity is consequently utterly unable to remedy their lost condition and is in desperate need of the salvation offered by God through Jesus Christ (Gen. 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:16, 1 Cor. 15:21-22, Rom. 3:9-23, 5:12, Eph. 2:1-3, 2:9-23, Jn. 3:36).
Salvation and Assurance
We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by repentance of personal sin, and by personal faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. This provides the only grounds for the justification, sanctification and glorification of those who believe. All who thus receive Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior are born of the Holy Spirit and become the children of God. We believe that all who receive the gift of salvation are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 1:12-13, 3:16-36, 5:24, 6:37-40, 10:27-30, Rom. 3:13-14, 8:1,38-39, 1 Cor. 1:4-8, 1 Pet. 1-5, Eph. 1:3-14, 2:4-10, Gal. 5:13, Tit. 2:11-15, 3:4-8, 1 Jn. 5:10-14).
We believe that the true Church, which is the Body and Bride of Christ on earth, is composed of everyone who has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ, Who is its Lord and Head. God has called His Church to worship Him, to generously raise up both men and women in discipleship and ministry, and to proclaim the gospel to the entire world. We believe in the ministries given to the Church by our Lord Jesus Christ, namely apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers and pastors. We believe these ministries refer to an endowment of authority given by God to men and women of faith, for the equipping of the saints and for edification of the church. We believe that each local Church should have elected leadership comprised of elders to take spiritual oversight over members of the Church, which are the family of God. We believe that each Christian should support their local church by attending faithfully, living a godly life and giving regularly. We believe in the local Church and in a commitment to the local Church by its members. We believe that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs. (Acts 2:41-47, 14:27, 20:1, 28:32, Rom. 12:4-5, Eph. 1:22-23, 3:21, 4:11-13, 5:23-27, 1 Cor. 6:15, 12:12-31, 2 Cor. 8:5, 11:2, Phil. 1:1, 1 Tim. 3:1-13, 2 Tim. 2:2, Tit. 1:5-11, Heb. 10:24-25, Lev. 27:30, Mal. 3:10).
The Mission of the Church
We believe it is the primary purpose of the Church to demonstrate God’s grace, His unconditional love and transforming power, by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, making disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and partaking in the work of His Spirit in establishing the kingdom of God in the earth. We believe that every believer is a minister of the gospel of power whom signs and wonders should follow. We believe God is love, and that our highest priority in life on this earth is to love God and to love one another. (Matt. 16:18-19, 22:36-40, 28:19, Mark 16:15, John 13:34-35, 15:12-13, Acts 1:8, 28:30-31, Rom. 1:16-17, 12:10, 2 Cor. 5:19-20, Eph. 3:10-11, 1 John 4:7-8).
We believe in the basic doctrines of the Church as essential for the establishment of each believer: repentance from dead works, faith towards God, baptisms, the laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal punishment. We believe in and shall practice believer's baptism by immersion. It is commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ and is therefore to be observed by individuals following Him. By publicly demonstrating our identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we express our willingness to be obedient to our Lord’s command. We believe that the Lord's Supper (also known as Communion, or Eucharist) is commanded by the Lord Jesus and is therefore to be observed by all believers. Each time we partake of the elements, we proclaim His death until His return. (Mat. 28:19-20, Mark 16:16, Luke 22:19-20, Acts 2:38,41, 8:12,35-38, 16:15, 18:8, 1 Cor. 11:23-29, Col. 2:12, Rom. 6:1-14, 1 Pet. 3:21, 2 Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 6:1-2).
Marriage & Sexuality
We believe the term “marriage” (or the sacrament of Matrimony) has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman as husband and wife in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in the Scriptures. We believe God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God. We believe God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with the Scriptures nor the doctrines of the church. (Gen. 2:24, Ex. 20:14, Lev. 18:22, Ps. 103:12, Isa. 1:18, 43:25-26, Matt. 5:28, 6:14-15, 15:18-19, 19:4-6, Mark 10:6-9, Acts 3:19, Rom. 1:26-28, l Cor. 6:9-10, 6:18, 7:2, 2 Cor. 5:17, 6:14, Gal. 5:19, 1 Tim. 1:10, 2 Tim. 2:22, 1 Thess. 4:3-5, Heb. 10:17, 13:1-25, 1 John 1:9).
Angels & Devils
We believe God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels; that one, “Lucifer, son of the morning,” sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan; that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall, some becoming active agents and associates in the prosecution of his unholy purposes, while others who fell are “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to them who shall be heirs of salvation (Job 1:6,7, Isa. 14:12-17, Ezek. 28:11–19; Matt. 4:2-11, 25:41, Luke 15:10, Eph. 1:21, 1 Tim. 3:6, Heb. 1:14, 2 Pet. 2:4, Jude 6, Rev. 7:12, 20:10). We believe Satan is the originator of sin, and that, under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our first parents, Adam and Eve into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power; that he is the enemy of God and the people of God, opposing and exalting himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped.
We believe that Satan, his principalities and powers, were judged at the Cross, though not then executed, and that he and his forces, as usurpers, now rules as the god(s) of this world; that, at the appearance of Christ, eventually shall be “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,” where they “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever”. We believe Christ commanded believers to do the same as He did, namely to drive unclean spirits or demons out of people who are believed to have been strongly influenced or physically controlled by them. (Gen. 3:1–19, Matt. 8:29, 10:7-8, 25:41, Mark 1:23, 9:29, 16:16-18, Luke 10:17-20, John 12:31, 16:11, Acts 19:11-12, Rom. 5:12–14; 2 Cor. 4:3–4; 11:13–15; Eph. 6:10–12; Col. 2:14-15, 2 Thess. 2:4; 1 Tim. 4:1–3, Jam. 4:7, Rev. 20:1–3, 10).
Christ's Return & Death
We believe Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the world in righteousness and to establish God’s kingdom on earth. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all humanity; the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to eternal judgment. We believe it is appointed for all people to die once and after this the judgment will occur. We believe that the Christian, at death, will be immediately present with the Lord. We believe that the resurrected body will be glorious, fit to inhabit God's kingdom which will ultimately be established on earth. (Mt. 25:31-46, Mark 9:43-48, Luke 16:19-26, 23:43, Phil. 1:23, 3:21, 1 Thes. 1:10, 4:13-18, 5:9, 2 Thes. 1:7-2:12, Zech. 14:4-11, John 5:28-29, 14:3, Acts 1:11, 1 Cor. 15:20-58, 2 Cor. 5:8, Heb. 9:27, Jude 6-7, Rev. 1:7, 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6, 12-13).