- that God wants us to love Him more than anything else.
- that God wants us to love others more than we love ourselves.
- that God sent his only son, Jesus, to die for our sins so we might have the opportunity to live in freedom and be with Him in heaven.
- and that God gives second chances, but we don’t just believe it… we’ve experienced it firsthand... and we want others to experience that too. That's the driving force behind everything we do.
Sooooooo... that's it in a nutshell... but if you want the longer, more detailed version of what we believe, read on...
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are given by God’s inspiration, and in the original writings they are without error. We believe the Scriptures were written by God through people and therefore speak with the authority of God while reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. They are the unique and final authority on all matters of Christian faith and practice.
We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. We believe he was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now acts as the only mediator between God and people.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit, as the third person of the Trinity, is to apply the saving work of Christ. He does this by bringing conviction of a person’s need for the forgiveness of Christ. He regenerates their heart and then permanently indwells them when they believe. His ongoing work is to guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
We believe that people were created in the image of God for a loving relationship with God. However, people have rebelled against God, actively or passively choosing to go their own independent way. As a result, we’re separated from God and suffer the corruption of our nature because of our sin. The effects of this fall from our intended relationship with God can be reversed through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
We believe that there is only one true Church universal composed of all people who have asked Jesus Christ for forgiveness and made Him leader of their lives. The diversity of all believers working together, using their gifts to build up one another, form the parts of the body of Christ, the Church. The scripture gives believers instruction to gather together to devote themselves to the practices of worship, prayer, the teaching of God’s Word, the use of our gifts to build up one another, to outreach, communion, and baptism. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and wherever God’s people meet in obedience to these instructions, there is the local expression of the church.
We believe that transformation, growth and life change are evidence of a person’s connection to God. As we continue to pursue a real relationship with God He will continue to change us to become more like Christ. But it requires our willingness and intentionality. “The Way of Christ” is simply a way of describing being intentional about your spiritual growth in relationship with others who are going the same way. It includes loving God, building character, loving people and being the Body.
We're a part of the Christian & Missionary Alliance; an organization with a unique focus on missions, supporting over 900 missionaries in 81 countries as well as having over 25,000 churches worldwide. We believe it takes different churches to reach different kinds of people so, each church is relevant to the area of people it's trying to reach, a unique local expression of the church. Novel idea huh?