To see people saved, discipled and empowered.
We are a people of the Bible—the Old and New Testaments, supernaturally inspired, preserved across time, cultures, and continents, delivered to us, useful for reproof and instruction, for righteousness. The Scripture is our backstop, the ultimate field of inquiry and judgment, the measure of conduct, faith, and practice. Whatever the question, whatever the test, whatever comes before us, in the end, it is the Scripture, above all other disciplines, that informs and defines us. All other sources of knowledge fall beneath its shadow (2 Timothy 3:14–17). We’re committed to studying the Word of God and faithfully living it out. We’re committed to the mission that Jesus Christ gave every believer: to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18–20).
Though difficult for the human mind to fully comprehend, our one God expresses himself in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity serves a unique role to bring God glory and accomplish his purposes in the world (Gen 1:26; 2 Cor 13:14)
The Person, the work, and the power of the Holy Spirit is fundamental to who we are as a people. We unabashedly own the truth that the Spirit can transform us, possess us, equip us, and empower us. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that sanctifies us, makes us holy, sets us apart for sacred service, and seals us for eternity’s sake. It is the Spirit that convicts us of sin and enables us to overcome sin. It is the Holy Spirit that can breathe supernatural gifts into us, for Jesus’ sake. He is the Comforter promised by Jesus and the witness of our redemption (Gal 5:22–23).
We are a people uniquely called by God to be a catalyst for Christian unity, believing that the division of the body of Christ is hell’s greatest weapon to thwart heaven’s ends in this world. We are convinced that the splintering of the body is not the Lord’s work, but the enemy’s; we believe that hell trembles at the prospect of a people united, redeemed by the blood, and possessed by the Spirit (John 17:21).
Sin and Salvation
We acknowledge that all have sinned, thus breaking our relationships with God, self, others, and the whole created order, but give thanks for God’s salvation from sin. We believe that, through his exemplary life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection, Jesus Christ is the only sufficient atonement for our sins. In keeping with the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament, Jesus died on the cross and was raised for our salvation. He returned to the Father and there intercedes for us. God’s work of salvation is all by grace, not by our merits. We receive this great salvation when, by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, we repent of our sin and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We hold that we are secure in our salvation so long as we remain faithful to Christ. We are grateful that the same power that raised Christ from the dead raises us from spiritual death, saving us from sin to follow Christ in this life and to live with him eternally. We believe that it is God’s will for us to live in holiness. Indeed, it is God who makes us holy. We, however, are called to present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God for the sake of God’s mission in the world. We understand the life of holiness to be wholehearted love for God and neighbor.
We are grateful that in fulfillment of Jesus’ promise, God poured out the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. We believe that the evidence of this outpouring is the personal holiness of God’s people and their empowerment for divine mission in the world. The Holy Spirit distributes a variety of spiritual gifts among all members of the church for accomplishing this mission. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. Living in the fruit of spirit means you are aware of the influence of the Holy Spirit. He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character and comforts believers. (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11, 13; Galatians 4:6; 5:22-26)
Divine healing is both biblically taught and intellectually reasonable. God’s people experienced healing in the Old Testament (Ex 15:26). Foretold in Isaiah 53:5 as a work of the Messiah, healing was authenticated by Christ (Luke 4:18), revealing his compassion for the afflicted (Matt 8:14–17; 14:14). Continued by the apostles (Acts 3:6), healing became a perpetual part of the New Testament church— preaching, teaching, and healing. Good physical health was included in spiritual wholeness (3 John 2).
To go and make disciples is the divine privilege and responsibility given to each of us. We champion the work of evangelism and discipleship in our own neighborhood, as well as the sending of international and home missionaries to places beyond our individual reach (Matt 28:19–20).
We believe the church is the fellowship of the redeemed, the body of Christ, the people of God, chosen by God for mission in the world. (Ephesians 1:22-23)
The Return of Christ
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)