We Value Balanced Relevant Bible Teaching:
We teach with the intent of practical personal application for you and your family. We want you to be able to take the messages home and live them.
What We Believe:
“In the essential beliefs, we have unity. In the non-essential beliefs, we have liberty. In all our beliefs, we show charity. (love)” ~ St. Augustine
“Essential beliefs” are those beliefs necessary to experience spiritual new birth and that lead to discipleship and fellowship with God, Christian growth and maturity. (Ephesians 4:4-6; Romans 14:1,4,22; I Corinthians 13:2). Romans 14 allows for personal conviction in other areas.
God is the creator and the ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (often referred to as the Trinity). Those three are co-equal with God and are one God. (Genesis 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal and one with the Father. He was born of a virgin and lived a perfect, sinless human life. He 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, ascended into heaven, and will return again someday 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; I Corinthians 15:3-4, Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit is co-equal and one with the Father and Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of Salvation. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, wisdom, and guidance for doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under his guidance daily. (II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 2:4)
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, often called inspiration. It is the supreme source of truth for all Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (II Timothy 1:13, 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme objects of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God’s offer for forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-willed life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
Eternity – The soul of every human being was created to live forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through salvation and forgiveness. Hell is eternal separation from God. Heaven is eternal union with God. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8; 2:44-46)
Our Core Values – How We Approach Ministry and People and Our Mission
What this means:
- We are always worshiping.
- Worship is the choice of where we place our attention and affection daily.
- Church, family and private worship are all vital to a thriving Christian life.
- We take responsibility for maintaining a loving atmosphere in our church. (Romans 12:10; 1 Thess. 5:11)
- We love God by the way we treat each other, starting in the home and flowing to every other area of life. (Deut. 6:4-9; 1 Timothy 3:5; 1 Thess. 5:11)
- We are always worshiping.
God has a fulfilling plan for Everyone to make a unique, meaningful contribution to the Kingdom of God
God has a purpose for everyone.
We can all contribute to the Kingdom of God and His church.
Serving includes our attitude, not just our actions. Phil 2.
We find fulfillment in spending our life, not saving it.
God has made everyone with different abilities, backgrounds, and passions to make our contribution effective. We teach the importance of understanding our God given S.H.A.P.E. (1 Cor. 12:12-31)
We need and pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for effectiveness in ministry. (Ephesians 6:18)
Our first ministry is in our home.
We are to be givers in every way, including our tithes and offerings(2 Cor. 9:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2)
A contributing heart is formed in the home as parents and children serve together in mission related projects.
We seek to help others find a relationship with Jesus
God loves everyone and wants them to know true life through His Son, Jesus (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:21)
The gospel is the power of God for salvation, it always has been and always will be.
We work strategically; while at the same time put our entire reliance on the power of God’s Spirit and His Word to transform people. (Titus 3:5; Rom. 1:16)
It is our responsibility to adapt to reach people where they are at helping them to know Jesus from there. (Acts 8:29-38; Luke 24:13-27)
We are willing to invest our lives and resources locally, nationally, and internationally to reach people. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)
Family is first front for effective evangelism. (Deut. 6)
We grow when we Share life and faith in supportive relationships with others
We are called to belong, not just believe. (Acts 2:42; Rom. 12:10)
A person is designed by God to grow in community with other believers. (Acts 2:42; Heb. 3:13, 10:24; 1 Cor. 15:33)
Christianity is not a spectator sport. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
Support, accountability, fellowship, sharing life and sharing faith happen best in small groups.
Carrying another's burdens, encouraging each others, and praying for each other are vital to the life of a church body.
God wants us to become more like Jesus(Matt. 5:48; Phil. 2:5; John 13:15)
God meets us where we are and helps us grow from there. (Luke 24:13-27)
Continuing growth is natural to a person who has given their heart to Christ. (Col 2:6)
Love (not guilt) motivates healthy spiritual maturity. (1 Cor. 13:8-13)
Discipleship is a process, not a one time event. (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23)
As we mature spiritually, it is evidenced by our renewed mind, the attitudes of the heart, and in our actions. (Gal.5:16-26)
Discipleship must be intentional, practical and applicable to life.
Discipleship must be more than INFORMATION; it must lead to Biblical TRANSFORMATION. (Rom. 12:2; Acts 9:1-31)
We know we are to train ourselves to be godly, but we do so only in strong cooperation with the work of the Holy Spirit.
Every parent needs to be encouraged and assisted in the task discipling their own children. The church will support the effort in the home with children’s programs. (Deut. 6)
Gods plan is for faith to be practiced in the home
Faith must be applied to everyday life to be real (James 1:22 / James 2)
Faith when taught in the home it effects all generations and brings Gods life and blessing to a household. (Deut. 6)
There must be congruence between what happens in church and what happens in our homes
There is a ‘church’ that meets in every home every day.
A parents first task is to train their children in the ways of Lord. (Eph 6)
Faith is better caught at home than taught in a class.
Those without Christian parents need spiritual mentors which the church should provide.
Single parent homes need extra support from a church family.