We believe EVERYTHING STARTS WITH GOD! He is the eternal, perfect, personal creator, sustainer and ruler of the universe. He is the only true God. He is one in His essence but has revealed Himself to mankind as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Exodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 19:1)
We believe JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD! He has been crucified on the cross for the sins of mankind, resurrected from the dead, ascended into heaven and seated at the right hand of the Father. His life, teachings, death and resurrection offer the only true hope for all people. (John 1:14; 3:16; 14:6; Acts 4:7; Romans 5:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:20-21)
We believe the HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT OF GOD! He convicts people of sin and draws them to Jesus. He indwells the life of each believer. He guides us into truth and seals us for eternity. He gifts each follower of Jesus to be useful in God’s hands in service to the church and world. He empowers the people of God to face the rigors of life on earth. (John 14:5-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 12:1-11; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe the BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD! The human authors of the Bible were uniquely inspired by the Spirit of God. His guidance led them to record His truth. The Bible is authoritative for every believer and it provides the counsel of God for everyday life. (Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe SALVATION IS GOD’S GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE! All human beings are created in the image of God. However, each person is a sinner and is separated from God. Only through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior can a person be restored into a relationship with God and receive the gift of eternal life. (Romans 1:16-18; 3:23; 6:23; 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe the CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST ON EARTH TODAY! Jesus established the church and it exists to perform God’s will on earth. Believers are to invest themselves in the life and work of the church. (Matthew 16:17-18; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 12:27)
We believe BAPTISM IS A SIGN OF DISCIPLESHIP! Baptism is for believers only. Each believer is to be immersed in water as an act of obedience and humility. It symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It also is a sign of the new life each believer has discovered in Jesus. It is a requirement to be a member of our church. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-38; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12)
We believe the LORD’S SUPPER SYMBOLIZES THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS! The elements of the Lord’s Supper represent the body and blood of Jesus. This ordinance is for believers only. It also is a celebration of the community we experience through the new covenant established by Jesus himself. (Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe EVANGELIZING LOST PEOPLE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH FOLLOWER OF JESUS! Believers are to share the Gospel message with those who are lost. We begin in our own communities, however, Jesus commanded us to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. We are to join our efforts with other believers to insure all nations hear the good news of Jesus. (Matthew 10:32; 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16-17; Colossians 1:6)
We believe EACH FOLLOWER OF JESUS IS ON A PATH OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION! Believers are followers of The Jesus Way. This involves a life-long process of discovery. We are to be disciplined in learning spiritual truths and integrating them into our daily lives. We have adopted these six areas to help gauge spiritual growth:
- Learn – Biblical knowledge, spiritual truth & insight is needed if we are going to be formed spiritually.
- Worship – We must be growing in our worship life. Seeking God is vital to any spiritual growth process.
- Share – Evangelism and missions—sharing Jesus with our neighbors and our world is an outgrowth of our devotion to Him.
- Love – Significant spiritual relationships—the Christian life was not designed to be lived in isolation. Followers of The Way are on a shared journey.
- Trust – Selflessness and stewardship—surrendering control of life and possessions is a step toward maturity and moves us away from our natural tendency to be selfish. Also serving others with proper motivation is indicative of our growth.
- Obey – One tangible sign of spiritual growth is obedience. Walking by faith certainly requires obedience! This process leads to our transformation and offers us a life of productivity. (John 3: 3, 7; 14:6; Romans 8:28-30; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Colossians 3:1-10)
We believe STEWARDSHIP OF OUR EARTHLY GOODS IS A GOD-GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY! God has blessed us with earthly resources. We are to honor Him in how we handle our money and our possessions. As obedient stewards we are to invest our time, talents and treasures regularly in the work of God’s Kingdom. (Psalm 24:1-2; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4; Luke 16:13-21; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7)
We believe in the RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST! In God’s perfect timing and in God’s perfect way, Jesus Christ will return to the earth as Lord. His return will be the fulfillment and final consummation of the purposes of the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 24:29-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; Revelation 21:1-4; 22:1-16)