Our purpose lies in the great commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:36-40). And the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”( Matthew 28:18-20).
- The Bible is God’s word, without error in the original manuscripts, and is the standard for belief and behavior. The scriptures contained therein are true, authoritative, and complete.
- There is only one God: the God of the Bible. God exists as one being, equal in divine perfection, eternal in existence, manifested as three persons:
- God the Father is the architect, creator, and sustainer of life.
- God the Son is Jesus Christ. He is the Living Word, and the only way to God the Father and eternal life. He came to earth conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and was fully God and fully man. He, who lived sinless, died as our substitute to pay the atoning penalty for all sin for all time. He physically rose from the dead, appearing to many witnesses, and ascended back into Heaven. He will physically return again, and will raise again from the dead those who belong to him through salvation.
- God the Holy Spirit is the power of the Godhead, sent into the world by the Father and the Son. He enlightens and convicts men and women of sin and the need of a savior. He is the comforter, who comes beside and within every believer, and continues to convict and guide those in Christ. He uniquely endows each believer with particular gifts to serve and work for the building up of the Body of Christ.
- Men and women were created in the image of God, but because of sin in every person, all incurred both physical and spiritual death, the consequence of which is eternal separation from God. The gospel, or good news, of Christ is “the power of God unto salvation” to everyone who believes. We are saved by grace through faith, not by our own good deeds or intentions. Salvation cannot be earned or bought by any means. Salvation, then, is the free gift of God to those who believe by faith in the saving power of Christ’s death on the cross.
- We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior receive forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life, and are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. But we also believe that it is God who saves according to his sovereign will as he draws men and women to himself. The very will to be saved comes from God.
- The Bible makes clear that the act of being baptized is to follow a confession of faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who belong to Christ are also commanded to regularly observe the Lord’s Supper, the sacrament of Communion.
- The sacrament of baptism, by Scripture’s example, is something that occurs on the basis of an understanding of the nature and reality of sin in every person’s life, and the personal need of a savior. Sin separates us from a perfect and Holy God, the deserved penalty for sin is death, and precipitates every human’s need for salvation by God.
- Further, the Bible’s example of baptism is represented by “burial” or immersion in water which symbolizes our death to sin and our new birth into the family of God. It is an act of obedience to God’s word and direction, and is a sign to other believers of the commitment a person makes to become a follower or disciple of Christ.
- We also believe in the dedication of children to God, as well as their parents, family and this church to raise the child in such a way that they might live for God.
- The sacrament of communion, the Lord’s Supper, is both a right and a blessing belonging to any who have come to saving faith in Jesus as both Lord and Savior. In this ceremony, we partake of the elements as a way of “remembering our Lord’s death until he comes again.” It is an opportunity to focus our minds on what Christ did for humanity at the cross. Jesus gave his physical body in service and death to those he loves, and asks followers to do the same. He shed his blood as a reminder that sin has a real cost, and that he alone, as the “perfect lamb who was slain” paid that cost for the sake and salvation of those he loves.
- Christians can only find fulfillment in God’s plan as they’re vitally connected to a local church – a local body of people following and living as Christ did.
- Made up of all followers of Christ, the Church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to evangelize and make disciples of the lost and to edify the saved. Being a Christian means not only believing what Jesus said, but doing what He did. The construct for this process lies in participation in missional community – a group of people living on Jesus mission in the everyday things of life.
- Thus, every believer is called to be a missionary, a person of salt and light, to be ready to give witness to the work of Christ in their life. This is the call of every believer to personal discipleship – both to be and to make disciples.
- We believe that missional communities are an essential framework for the creation and building of disciples of Jesus as they experience and live out life in the everyday through the identity of being a part of a family of missionary servants. The truth and power of the gospel are both proclaimed and demonstrated through the relational process of missional community and missional living.
- The Kingdom of God is among us, and is our framework for understanding God’s purposes and activity in our lives and in the world. We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with each other as partners in the building of the kingdom of God.The Kingdom of God exists in an already/not yet reality – it has come in part through the work of Christ and the sending of the Spirit, but will be fully realized upon Jesus’ return. This is known as an inaugurated eschatology. We believe that at that time those in Christ will be resurrected with a new body free of sin and pain, will face the judgment, and will spend eternity in the joy of being the presence of God.