Developing Disciples To Advance God’s Kingdom
Acts 1:8 – “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
The Bible is the word of God and is true in all that it affirms. The Bible consists of the 66 Books that are found in the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is our final authority and when we practice what it says we believe that we live the best life possible (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21).
There is only one God who eternally exists as three persons: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. While each person within the Godhead is distinct, each person is fully God, one in essence and purpose. We believe in a Godhead that is represented by a tri-unity and yet there is only one God. (Genesis 1:26, Deuteronomy 6:4).
Jesus is the eternal Son of the Godhead. He has always been and will always be God. However He took part in the redemption of man by becoming a man, born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life, died as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, bodily arose from the dead, and ascended into heaven where He sits at the right of the Father constantly interceding for all believers.
Mankind was originally created in the image of God but falling into the temptation of Satan, we chose and still choose to sin and rebel against God. As a result of sin the relationship between God and man has been marred and therefore all of mankind is separated from God and in need of salvation. Only through faith in Jesus Christ’s and His work on the cross can anyone be forgiven of their sins and experience a restored relationship with God.
The Holy Spirit persuades us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. As a result of this confession the Holy Spirit then lives in us, teaches us, leads us, equips us and empowers us to live, grow, and serve in obedience to God.
The Church is the living Body of Christ on earth and is made up of all true believers in Jesus Christ, in spite of but not limited to denominational affiliation, race, culture, class or political persuasion. Jesus is the head and source of the Church’s life, which exists to glorify God. The Church glorifies God and fulfills its mission celebrating the work of Christ our head, cultivating personal growth in Christ, caring about one another, and communicating the Gospel in our words and actions.
Jesus will physically return to earth in a similar way in which He left and establish His eternal Kingdom. He will judge the world and reward the saints who live with Him forever. This is the faith that we persevere in and the hope that we have in Christ.
Philosophy and Core Values
We do not retreat from culture, but use discernment so as not to compromise the gospel. We cannot isolate ourselves and families from the evil in this world, nor from other believers with whom we may disagree.
We believe that the order of creation determines roles of masculinity and femininity based on our sex. We believe that God revealed himself as Father, and is to be honored by that name.
We believe marriage is an institution created by God that involves the union of one man and one woman in permanent sacred fidelity. This belief does not, however, allow for bigotry or hate, which are sinful attitudes.
We do not believe in Open Theism (that God doesn’t know the future), nor Universalism (that in the end, all people will be saved).
We are not nationalists, only desiring one nation to improve. The church has no political affiliation or agenda. Though, individuals in the church may participate in the political governing process to pass laws that are just and moral.
We are not moralists, only trying to make people “good.” We are evangelists laboring to bring the gospel to people so that they may be saved.
We believe Satan and demons are created beings who have fallen, and are now enemies of God. Though they are presently at work in the world, in the end they are all subject to God. We believe that the preaching and propagation of the gospel is the church’s mandate to defeat the forces of evil.