OUR CORE VALUES
“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” – Matthew 12:50
Christ created the church to be a family of believers. We want to intentionally build community with one another on Sundays and throughout the rest of the week. We will show grace and reconcile when we have conflict. We believe that we are better together.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” – John 4:23
We show excitement and enthusiasm for so many things in our lives. Yet, we believe our God is the most worthy of our passion because of who He is and what He has done. This passion should come out in our authentic worship of Him.
“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:11
Every gift that we have comes from God. We want to be good managers of what God has entrusted us with. This means sharing with those in need and generously giving to the work of God’s Kingdom.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We believe in constantly depending on God at all times in prayer. Talking to God is a first response, not a last resort. We trust Him to lead us through life as He provides for us along the way.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
One of the main ways that God communicates with us is through His Word. We unleash the transformative power of the Bible by allowing it to become deeply rooted within us. In order to accomplish this, we will diligently read, study, meditate, memorize, and learn from the Bible.
“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” – Luke 9:2
Becoming more like Jesus takes practice. We want to be a church that doesn’t just learn about who Christ is, but actively follows Him. We will be obedient to the steps that God’s Word and the Holy Spirit are asking us to take.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” – 1 Peter 4:10
We believe that ministry is not just for the church staff, but that all believers have an important role to play in the church. God has good works in mind that each person is uniquely gifted to accomplish. We want to help people find their place to serve and lead in God’s Kingdom.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” – Matthew 5:14-15
We want help people come to know Jesus and what He has done for them. This takes being active and present in the neighborhood that God has placed us. We will know the Gospel message in our lives and share it with people as God gives opportunity.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4;Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ and being baptized in His name can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Jesus said that being baptized is part of becoming his disciple. Mathew 28:19-20. The Bible also teaches that the waters of baptism represent a grave. When you are baptized you bury your old life and are raised into a new life.(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1) Click here for more info about baptism.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15)