What We Believe

First, we are Christians, which distinguishes us from other world religions and cults. Therefore, we adhere to both the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed.

Second, we are Evangelicals and in agreement with the doctrinal statement of the National Association of Evangelicals:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, and the authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they who are saved unto the resurrection of life and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Third, we are Missional:

  • We believe our local churches must be faithful to the content of unchanging Biblical doctrine (Jude 3).
  • We believe our local churches must be faithful to the continually changing context of the culture(s) in which they minister (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
  • We believe our mission is to bring people into church so they can be trained to go out into their culture as effective missionaries.

Fourth, we are Reformed:

  • We believe God created the heavens and the earth.
  • We believe God created man and woman in a state of sinless perfection with particular dignity as His image bearers on earth.
  • We believe our first parents sinned against God, and everyone since Adam and Eve is a sinner by nature and choice. Sin has affected all of creation, including marring human image and likeness, therefore, all of our being is stained by sin (e.g. reasoning, desires, and emotions).
  • We believe that because all people have sinned and separated themselves from the Holy God, He is obligated to save no one from the deserved punishments of hell. We also believe that God, in His unparalleled love and mercy, has chosen to elect some people for salvation.
  • We believe the salvation of the elect was predestined by God in eternity past.
  • We believe the salvation of the elect was accomplished by the sinless life, substitutionary atoning death, and literal physical resurrection of Jesus Christ in place of His people for their sins.
  • We believe the salvation of the elect, by God’s grace alone, shows forth in the ongoing repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ that leads to good works.
  • We believe that God’s saving grace is ultimately irresistible, and God does soften even the hardest heart and save the worst of sinners according to His will.
  • We believe the gospel should be passionately and urgently proclaimed to all people, so all who believe may be saved through the preaching of God’s Word by the power of God’s Spirit.
  • We believe true Christians born again of God’s Spirit will be kept by God throughout their lives, as evidenced by personal transformation that includes an ever-growing love of God the Father through God the Son by God the Spirit, love of brothers and sisters in the church, and love of lost neighbors in the culture.
  • We believe that God is Lord over all life, and there is nothing in life that is meant to be separated from God.
  • We believe the worship of God is the end for which people were created and that abiding joy is only found by delighting in God through all of life, including hardship and death, which is gain.
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