Our Vision is to be: A community that is learning and sharing a better way to live in Christ
Our vision is grounded in our Beliefs that:
- Only Jesus offers the life that is truly life (a way to live forever and a better way to live today) - therefore Jesus, as revealed in the Bible, is the foundation of our common life and ministry.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4: 12
- A decision to follow Jesus is the beginning of the journey and not the end – therefore we will invest in teaching that helps us discover Jesus’ way of living.
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3: 2
- God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things – therefore we will equip and empower people for ministry and welcome everyone to experience Jesus’ Way.
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1: 25 - 27
- Our future is dependent on prayer – therefore we will devote ourselves to prayer as leaders, individuals and as a community.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6 and 7
In our life and ministry together we Value:
Creativity – we were made in the image of a creative God therefore we will pursue creativity in everything that we do
Authenticity – we are a diverse community that accepts anyone who is seeking to discover a better way of living and no one has to pretend to be anyone other than who they are
Generosity – when we are generous with our time, talents and treasures we become imitators of a generous God and discover the key for taking hold of the life that is truly life
Excellence – because God offers us His very best we will strive to give our very best in everything that we do
Passion – Jesus calls us to full devotion, loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength therefore we will follow Him with our whole hearts engaged
Humility – because we are stewards of the mysteries of an awesome God we will remain humble before Him, and because we are all imperfect works in progress, we will remain humble before one another Integrity – Jesus calls us to a better way of living that sets us apart from the world by consistently applying biblical principles in our character and actions.
+ more (specific beliefs about God and Scripture)
God -- We believe that there is one true, holy God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning, God created the world out of nothing and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power, He continues to sustain creation. By His providence, He is operating through history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
Jesus Christ -- Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and a virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute. This act satisfied divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
The Holy Spirit -- The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior, and permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength, and wisdom. He uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of the body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying Scripture. His power and control are appropriated by faith making it possible for the believer to live a life of Christ-like character, and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
The Bible -- The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Bible is an infallible guide for hearing God's voice and learning obedience. The Bible is the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings equally inspired by God.
Salvation -- The central purpose of God's revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God choosing to go his independent way. Man was thus alienated from and suffered the corruption of his nature, rendering him unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences, and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is wholly a work of God's free grace, not the result of human works of goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. When God has begun saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its full consummation. Those who are truly redeemed will persevere and demonstrate the fruits of an authentic relationship with God.
Human Destiny -- Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world, and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. God's judgment will reveal His justice in consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution their own rejection of God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.
The Church -- The result of the union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body: the church. There is one true church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and communion as the sacramental ordinances established by Jesus Christ. We are called to fellowship and service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world. Wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watch-care and authority of its Pastor and other supportive leadership, the church's members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Faith and Practice -- Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. The church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to Whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.
We believe this brief statement of faith to be an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches. If you have any questions about these beliefs, our pastoral staff is available to meet and further explain or clarify at your convenience.