Statement of Faith

What We Believe

  • God
  • We believe that there is one true and living God who exists eternally in three equally divine persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that God has revealed himself authoritatively in the bible.
    (John 1:1, Matt 28:19, 1 Cor 8:6, John 14:26, 2 Cor 13:14, Matt 3:16-17, Deut 6:4, 1 Pet 1:2)
  • Bible
  • We believe that the Bible, consisting of all sixty-six books of the old and new testaments, is the Holy Spirit inspired word of God, is without error in the original manuscripts, is what God has declared about himself and his eternal purposes, and is the supreme and final authority for testing and determining what is true and right.
    (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Pet 1:20-21, 3:16, Mark 13:31, John 17:17)
  • Gospel
  • We believe that all have sinned and are justly under the wrath of God by nature and choice. We believe that Jesus lived a perfectly righteous and sinless life, that he suffered and died in our place on the cross to fully absorb the wrath of God and pay the just penalty for our sins, that he was buried, and that he rose from the dead. We believe that all those who repent from their sin and put their faith in Christ receive grace to be forgiven, cleansed, and fully reconciled to God as his children. We believe that Jesus is the only way to the Father, the author and finisher of our faith, and that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We believe that the gospel is of first importance and is to be preached to believers and unbelievers.
    (Rom 3:23-25, John 3:36, 1 Cor 15:3-6, 2 Cor 5:21, Eph 2:8-9, John 1:12, 1 Cor 6:11, John 14:6, Heb 12:2, Mark 16:15)
  • Been, Being, Will Be Saved
  • We believe that those in Christ, have been saved from the penalty of sin (justification), are being saved from the power of sin (sanctification), and we will be saved from the presence of sin (glorification).
    (Eph 2:5,8, Rom 3:23-24, Rom 5:9, 1 Cor 1:18, Rom 6:22, Matt 24:13, Rom 15:11, 1 Cor 15:50-57)
  • Church
  • We believe that the church is God’s primary means of earthly activity and kingdom advancement. We believe that every believer in the entire world, both living and dead, became a part of the church universal as soon as they put their faith in Christ, and that every living believer is to express that reality thru commitment and submission to a specific, biblically based, local church.
    (Eph 3:9-11, Matt 16:18, Acts 20:28, 1 Cor 14:12, Eph 5:25, 1 Cor 12:27, Eph 2:19, Eph 4:25, Heb 13:17)
  • Leadership
  • We believe that churches are most commonly planted by apostles, built on the foundation of apostles and prophets, led by a plurality of biblically qualified male elders (shepherds, pastors), and equipped for the work of the ministry by apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. We believe that church leaders are given authority by God for building people up and that the people of God are called to obey and submit to them so long as those leaders are leading in accordance with the bible. We believe that godly leadership is to be marked by Christ likeness and self-sacrificial service.
    (Eph 2:20, Eph 4:11-13, Titus 1:5, 1 Pet 5:1-5, 2 Cor 10:8, 13:10, Heb 13:17, Mark 10:42-45)
  • Missions
  • We believe that the church is God’s primary missions strategy to expand and advance his kingdom in the earth and to make disciples who make disciples of all people groups. We believe that missions should either be a new church plant by an apostle led team of people including some who possess the biblical qualifications of an elder that is sent by a local church, or a person or team of people sent by the church to strengthen, help, or encourage an already existing church.
    (Eph 3:9-11, Matt 28:19-20)
  • Baptism
  • We believe that every person who puts their faith in Christ should be baptized in water by immersion, not for salvation, but as an outward expression of an inward gospel transformation.
    (Acts 2:38, 1 Pet 3:21, Mark 16:16, Matt 28:19, Rom 6:3-4)
  • The Lord’s Supper
  • We believe that those who are in Christ should regularly remember the Lord and proclaim his death thru the Lord’s Supper, by eating the bread and drinking the cup together with other believers.
    (1 Cor 11:24-27, Acts 2:42, Luke 22:17-20)
  • Gifts & Power of the Holy Spirit
  • We believe that the baptism and continual filling of the Holy Spirit is available as a gift to all believers in Christ for service, gospel witness, boldness, power, and the spiritual gifts. We believe that all the spiritual gifts are necessary and should be eagerly desired by all believers for the building up of the church.
    (Matt 3:11, Acts 1:8, 2:38-39, 4:31, Luke 24:49, 1 Cor 12:7, 14:1, 14:12)
  • Kingdom
  • We believe that Jesus rules and reigns over everyone and everything, everywhere, for all time and eternity. We believe that his kingdom is unrivaled, uncontested, and is to be sought first. We believe his kingdom has come, is coming, and will come in fullness when he returns.
    (Is 9:6-7, Matt 6:10, 6:33, 12:28, 13:31-33, Mark 1:15, Luke 12:32, 17:20-21, Heb 1:8, 1 Cor 15:24, Rev 1:5, 11:15, 12:10, 19:16)
  • God’s Glory
  • We believe that God alone is within Himself glorious, that He reveals His glory through His Son, and that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
    (Is 42:8, Heb 1:3, 2 Cor 4:4-6, Is 43:7, 1 Cor 10:31)
  • God Speaking
  • We believe that God speaks to his people and that his sheep hear his voice. We also believe that God will never speak anything that is contrary to the word of God and that all hearing should be tested with the word of God.
    (John 10:27, 1 Thess 5:20, 2 Tim 3:16)
  • Prayer
  • We believe that God has sovereignly chosen to partner with his people to release his will on earth as it is in heaven through prayer, and that his people are to be devoted to prayer. We believe that prayer is a means of grace for communion with God, for warfare against Satan and sin, for the effectualness of gospel mission, and for the building up of the church.
    (Matt 6:10, Col 4:2, 1 Thess 5:17, 1 Tim 2:1-4, Jer 33:3, Matt 26:41, James 5:16, Eph 6:18, 2 Chron 7:14)
  • Life
  • We believe that human life begins at conception and should be honored and esteemed regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or gender.
    (Ps 22:9-10, Job 31:15, Is 44:2, Jer 1:4-5, Gen 1:27)
  • Creation
  • We believe that God created all things by his will, and that all things were created through him and for him, that in everything He might be preeminent. We believe that God created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. Therefore, the world was created by God to provide a context for the display of himself, that the nations may know that he is the Lord, that his glorious grace might be praised, and that all things might be summed up in Jesus Christ.
    (Rev 4:11, Rom 11:36, Col 1:16, Eph 3:9:10-11, Eph 1:5-6, 9-10)
  • Devil & Demons
  • We believe that the devil is our enemy and that we are in a battle with him and his demons: the rulers, authorities, cosmic powers over this present darkness, and spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places. We believe that Jesus disarmed them by triumphing over them on the cross, but that a person can give the devil a foothold or a stronghold through unforgiveness, unrepented sin, believing lies, unbelief, rebellion, or occultic involvement. We believe that those who are in Christ have divine power to demolish such strongholds and to be free in Christ. We believe that it is often helpful and/or necessary for the direct, authoritative, prayers of other believers to obtain such deliverance and freedom.
    (1 Pet 5:8, Eph 6:11-13, Col 2:14-15, Eph 4:26-27, 2 Cor 10:3-6, John 8:31-32, 1 Sam 15:23, Luke 11:20, Gal 5:1, 2 Cor 3:17)
  • Gender Equality & Roles
  • We believe that men and women are created equal in the image of God, with different but complementary roles. We believe that the value of a man or woman is not derived from or determined by his or her role. We believe that in the church the elders are to be men and that in the family the head of a wife is her husband.
    (Gen 1:27, 2:5, 15, 18, 23-24, 3:9, 12, 17, 20, Ex 21:10, 1 Kings 2:1, Job 38:3, Prov 31:17, 25-26, 30, 31, Luke 8:1-3, Mark 15:40-41, Rom 5:12, 16:2, 1 Cor 11:3, 7-9, 14:34-35, Eph 5:22-31, 6:4, Col 3:18-19, 1 Tim 2:11-15, 3:1-5, 5:8, 10, 14, Titus 1:6, 9, Titus 2:3-5, 1 Pet 3:1-7)
  • Marriage
  • We believe that marriage is a life-long covenant between one man and one woman where God joins the two together and makes them one. We believe that the exclusive place for sex is between a husband and a wife in the context of marriage.
    (Gen 2:22-24, Mal 2:14-15, Prov 2:17, 1 Cor 7:2, Mark 10:7-9, Eph 5:31-32, Heb 13:4)
  • Divorce & Remarriage
  • We believe that God hates divorce and that what God has joined together, man should not separate. We also believe that some instances of remarriage are referred to in the bible as adultery, and that if a person cannot specifically determine what instances the bible is referring to when it speaks of remarriage as adultery, then it is also not possible for that person to determine what instances of remarriage are not adultery.
    (Mal 2:16, Matt 5:31-32, 19:3-9, Mark 10:2-12, Luke 16:18, 1 Cor 7:10-16)
  • Homosexuality
  • We believe that the practice of homosexuality is a sin and that those in Christ who are tempted to practice homosexuality have sufficient grace and power to resist temptation and in some cases to be delivered from same sex attraction all together.
    (1 Cor 6:9-11, Rom 1:26-28, 1 Tim 1:8-11, 1 Cor 10:13)
  • Israel
  • We believe that the everlasting covenant which God made with Abraham has Christ at its center, but that it does not dissolve the plan of God for the people and land of Israel. There are not two peoples of God, but rather one body in Christ, made up of Jews and Gentiles. However, the promises made to Israel in the bible are still in force, and will one day be fulfilled when the whole house of Israel is grafted into the people of God again. The church has not replaced Israel, nor is it the “new Israel.” It has been grafted into the faith by the king of Israel. Hence, we have a calling, not only to the Gentiles, but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel to preach the gospel and pray for their salvation, and to look with faith to the day when all Israel shall be saved.
    (Gen 12:1-20, 15:1-21, 17:1-27, Is 11:1-16, Ez 37:1-28, Zech 12:1-14:21, Rom 9:1-11:36)
  • Death and Last Things
  • We believe that when those who are in Christ die, their spirits are made perfect and they are taken into paradise to be with Christ, there to await the resurrection of the righteous. Following the final tribulation, Jesus will physically and visibly return to this earth to execute judgment upon unbelievers, to raise imperishable those who are in him, and to establish his global kingdom reign upon the earth from Jerusalem. At the end of his millennial reign will come the final judgment of the wicked, Satan and his hosts, and of death itself. They will go into eternal punishment in the lake of fire. After this, the new heaven and the new earth will be revealed to the glory of God and the everlasting joy of His people, and all things will be summed up in Christ.
    (Ps 22:27-31, 47, 89:19-29, 110, 132:13-18, Is 2:1-4, 9:6-7, 24:21-23, Ez 37:24-28, Zech 14:1-9, Matt 24:1-51, 1 Cor 15:1-58, Eph 1:9-10, 1 Thess 4:13-5:11, 2 Thess 1:5-2:17, Rev 20:1-22:21)