Essential Doctrines – Essential doctrines are the “non-negotiables.” These are core beliefs that we expect each person that is a part of our fellowship to hold and adhere to.
What We Believe About God:
We believe that there is one God who has existed eternally. He exists and reveals Himself to man in three distinct, equally divine persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. Throughout scripture, we see that He has expressed His desire to be our God and to have a personal, eternal relationship with us.
What We Believe About Jesus:
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is fully God and was fully man, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and was sinless in his human life. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying willingly on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days, defeating the power of sin and death. He ascended to sit at God’s right hand interceding on our behalf. We wait for His promised return.
What We Believe About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and Jesus Christ. He continues to play a role in the creation and the operation of God’s Kingdom. He is present in the world to convict all people of their need for a savior. He lives in every baptized believer. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying God’s Word. He acts as a the Counselor and Comforter. He equips believers with spiritual gifts for the individual to use in building up the Body of Christ and advancing the Kingdom of God.
What We Believe About the Bible
The Bible is the complete and infallible Word of God. God divinely inspired human authors through the Holy Spirit to write the books of the Bible. We accept it as the authority on all issues of faith and practice.
What We Believe About Humanity and Sin
We believe that creation is broken and in need of redemption. We were created with FREE WILL, an ability to make our own choices. Humanity has rebelled against God and so has subjected all creation to sin and death. Sin separates people from God and we are incapable of regaining a right relationship with Him through our own effort. The Bible, and no other source, is the arbiter of what constitutes sin.
What We Believe About Salvation
Our inability to re-establish our relationship with God leaves us dependent on God’s mercy. God graciously extends the gift of salvation through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and it is received through faith in Him. Our relationship is re-established when we admit our sinfulness and make a commitment to accept Jesus as God’s son and our Savior and Lord.
Salvation—the forgiveness of sins—is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. One receives salvation by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, and confessing Christ. The Bible commands every believer in Christ to be baptized by immersion for forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Those who have received salvation through faith in Jesus Christ are sent into the world to proclaim the gospel and to love and serve the world just as Jesus Himself did.
What We Believe About The Church
We believe that the church represents Jesus Christ to the world. We believe that Christ is the foundation of the church and its cornerstone. The church is not a building, but a unified body of believers. Each believer is equipped with gifts by the Holy Spirit to be used for the good of the body and advancing the Kingdom of God. To remain healthy, the body’s members must work together. Each part contributes to the growth and maturity of the body. God works through the church to reconcile a lost world to Himself.
It is important that believers regularly gather together, thus becoming a community. Through these gatherings, believers are built up and encouraged through teaching, fellowship, prayer, communion, and service. Being together in this way enables believers to serve one another and as well as unchurched people around them.
What We Believe About Marriage
We believe in the holy union of marriage between one man and one woman.
Non-Essential Doctrines – Non-Essential Doctrines are those that we hold as a church leadership and body and teach throughout our programming. However, we do not insist that you agree with them in order to be a part of our fellowship. We do insist that if you disagree, that you do not stir up division or teach against these doctrines within the church body. They have been carefully considered and accepted by our church leadership.
What We Believe About Creation
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth and everything contained in them, including humanity. God created man and woman in his own image. The Bible teaches that God existed before all things and brought the universe into existence out of nothing. The intricate design and delicate balance of creation reflects God’s divinity
What We Believe About Communion
We partake of communion every Sunday as the central act of Christian worship. We believe that celebrating communion together weekly is beneficial for all believers. Communion is one way that we remember Jesus more formally, and we remember that we belong to the body of Christ, that is the church.
What We Believe About Spiritual Gifts
Scripture explains that every person who comes to faith receives spiritual gifts from God. These gifts are a sign of God’s presence and power in our lives, equipping us for service. Because the gifts come from the Holy Spirit, they are divine and an extension of God’s power active in our lives. Because it is God who provides the spiritual gifts, we do not choose which gift we receive. The spiritual gifts are chosen for us by our all-knowing and loving Creator. Scripture is quite clear that our spiritual gifts are accompanied by a responsibility to God. We are to “fan into flames the gift within us,” according to 2 Timothy 1:4-7, recognizing that our spiritual gifts are to be developed and used for God’s glory. When Paul addresses the spiritual gifts (Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Ephesians 4:11-12) he does not indicate that these gifts are given according to gender, ethnicity, or class.
What We Believe About Worship
We were created to worship.. The Gospel is an effort to point people from the worship of self toward the worship of God. Worship is a significant part of personal spiritual formation as well as a significant part of a healthy, growing church. Worship, in all of its forms, is not about us. It is about Jesus.