-People matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church.
-People are most effectively reached through personal relationships.
-The church should offer a safe environment for people to be introduced to the
message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
-The church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
-The church should actively join God in serving the poor and oppressed.
-Christ followers should manifest authenticity and yearn for continuous growth.
-Christian growth and life-change happen best in small groups and through life-on-life
-A church should operate as a unified community of servants stewarding their spiritual
-Loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life.
-The church should reflect God’s heart for all people by the way we lovingly relate
cultures, and socio-economic identities.
-Excellence honors God and inspires people.
-Worship should be vibrant and meaningful.
-The church remains vitally linked to God through focus on prayer and His word.
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books
of the Old and New Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated
with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men.
Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and
reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold
that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are
the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice and there
are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
(2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three
persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — each of Whom possesses equally all the
attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning God
created out of nothing the world and all the things therein; thus manifesting the
glory of His power, wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues
to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to
fulfill His redemptive purposes. (John 1:1-5, 14; Acts 17:24-28)
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, and was thus alienated from
God 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, then, wholly a work of God’s free
grace, not the result, in whole or in part of human works or goodness, and must
be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a
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.
10; Philippians 1:6)
Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united
forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and 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, thus satisfying divine justice and
accomplishing salvation for all who trust in 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.
(Acts 2:22-36; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
The Christian Life (The Holy Spirit)
The essential accompaniment of a genuine
saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience,
evidenced in 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 regenerates them. At the point of
salvation He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of life,
assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts
for the up-building of the body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding
and applying the Scripture. His power and control are appropriated by faith,
making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to
bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
(Acts 1:4-8; Galatians 5:22-23)
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.
(Hebrews 9:27; John 14:1-6)
The corollary of 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 Forgiver and Leader. The Scripture
commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship,
prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and communion as the
ordinance established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, 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 of elders and the supportive
leadership of other affirmed leaders, its members are to work together in love
and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Hebrews 10:23-25 )
Faith and Practice
Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and
practice. This 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.