what we believe

 
 
 OUR DAILY EXPECTATIONS
 
We consider the following to be essential, practical fundamentals and commit to practicing them in our daily living:

1. A caring, effective love for both God and humanity
2. A Christ-like unity and acceptance between believers
3. A lifestyle dedicated to God's will in society
4. A growing, victorious state of mind because of the indwelling Christ
5. A daily affirmation of Christ as Lord
6. A willingness to serve the Lord, even when it means sacrifice
7. A desire to be sensitive to the personal work of the Holy Spirit
8. A working faith in God's promises for all needs and daily life situations
9. A witness for Christ without hypocrisy
10. A firm, committed desire to know God and be His person
 
OUR DISTINCTIVES WHICH WE HONOR AND SEEK TO UPHOLD
 
1. The exercise of grace in every situation
2. Evangelization of the lost
3. Transformational work of the Holy Spirit
4. Reconciliation of relationships and human hurts
5. Unity in diversity
6. Service on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised
7. Teaching from a holistic Christian worldview
8. Discipleship of believers
9. Celebration of spiritual gifts
10. An affirmation and celebration of the God given, distinctive roles for men and women in the home and Church.
11. Bringing a Biblical, social justice/action to society
12. Sanctity and protection of human life from conception to the grave
13. Understanding that marriage is between one man and one woman
14. Upholding celibacy outside of marriage and fidelity within the marriage covenant
15. Modeling transformational Christian community
16. Responsible stewardship of Creation
17. Efficacy of prayer in every situation

OUR ABBREAVIATED STATEMENT OF FAITH
 
1. We believe the Bible is God’s infallible written Word, authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority.

2. There is one true 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.

3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory.

4. Humanity was originally created in the image of God. They sinned by disobeying God; thus, they were alienated from their Creator. That historic fall brought all humanity under divine condemnation.

5. Humanity’s nature was corrupted by the Fall and is totally unable to please God. Every person is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

6. The salvation of any person is wholly the work of God’s free grace and is not the result, in whole or in part of human works, goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight.

7. The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to humanity. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer by God's grace and through our faith.

8. Every believer is called to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit so they will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, but instead bear fruit to the glory of God and exercise those gifts of the Spirit which He sovereignly bestows.

9. We believe that the full behavioral expression of human sexuality is to take place within the context of a marriage covenant between a man and a woman and that individuals remain celibate outside of the bond of marriage. Therefore, we seek to cultivate a community in which sexuality is embraced as God-given and good and where biblical standards of sexual behavior are upheld.

10. We believe every believer has a scriptural mandate to share the basis for his life of faith in Christ.

11. We believe that we are engaged in constant spiritual warfare with the principalities and power of evil, who are seeking to overthrow the Church and frustrate its task of world evangelization.

12. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all people, living and dead, who have been joined to Him by God's grace through faith.

13. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth---personally, visibly and bodily---to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God. There will be a resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved, unto the resurrection of eternal life, and they that are lost, unto the resurrection of eternal damnation.