What We Believe
We believe that the anointed teaching of God’s Word is the catalyst for transformation in individuals’ lives and in the church. This includes the concept of teaching for life change (Romans 12:7; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; James 1:23–25).
We believe in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, and that Believers, operating in the gifts of the Spirit, will manifest the miraculous power of God through prayer and ministry. This includes the use of personal prayer languages, messages in tongues and an interpretation, physical healing, spiritual discernment, etc. (1 Corinthians 12:6-11). We believe these gifts should operate in the Church today as expressions of God’s power and love in our lives.
We believe discipleship happens best in community – that the Body of Christ is a family and we must relate to one another with vulnerability, authenticity, and accountability (Luke 6:12–13; Acts 2:44–47). This includes the concepts of personal authenticity, character, and wholeness (Ephesians 4:25–26, 32; Hebrews 12:1; Philippians 1:6). We believe humility, grace, and forgiveness indicate growth and maturity in a believer (Philippians 2:5-8). As we grow into His likeness, evidence of His nature will be seen in us including love, joy, peace, faith, and hope. This central value drives all that we do as we strive to grow in Christ personally while developing relationships and ministering to each other.
We believe lost people matter to God, and therefore, they matter to the church. Reaching the lost is a mandate to all believers and an intentional component of activities and decisions. Building relationships and journeying together is the biblical model we follow. All are welcome as we walk together in love, side-by-side, falling down, and helping each other get back up.
We believe the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. This includes the concept of sensitively relating to our culture through our facility, printed materials, and use of the arts while never watering down the message of the Gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:19–23).
We believe a church should operate in unity as a loving, compassionate community of servants, with men and women sharing their spiritual gifts and serving others. This includes the concepts of unity, servant hood, spiritual gifts, and ministry callings (1 Corinthians 12, 13, and 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; Psalm 133:1; Nehemiah 3; Luke 10:1; John 13:34–35). Love is the heart of family and community, and the central command of God. (Matthew 22:37-40). Empowered with God’s love, we reach out to serve others, meeting needs as He enables.
We believe excellence honors God and inspires people. This includes the concepts of evaluation, critical review, intensity, and excellence (Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6–14; Proverbs 27:17).
We believe churches should be led by men and women with God-given leadership gifts. This includes the concepts of empowerment, servant leadership, strategic focus, and intentionality (Nehemiah 1–2; Romans 12:8; Acts 6:2–5). Leadership is a form of serving, not of exercising power, and all leaders have accountability to the Body.
We believe the pursuit of full devotion to Christ and His cause is normal for every believer. This includes the concepts of stewardship, servanthood, humility, and the pursuit of kingdom goals (1 Kings 11:4; Philippians 2:1–11; 2 Corinthians 8:7). Radical devotion to the central mission of the Church – the Great Commission – should be the normal response to God’s gift of Grace. (Romans 6:18).