At the Core of Our Beliefs is the Gospel
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the driving influence in the preaching, worship, community life, and outreach of our church.
So, What Is this Gospel?
The Gospel is the good news of God bringing reconciliation to our lost, broken world. By sending His Son Jesus Christ into the world to live a perfect life and die on the cross, God offers the removal of our sin and a restored harmonious relationship with Him. Through Christ’s resurrection from the dead, the power of his work was verified and accepted by God. Now as ascended Savior-King, Jesus Christ has sent his redeemed people to go throughout the world proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God, empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Oh, what grace! Jesus Christ took our place and satisfied God’s holy wrath against our sins. Only through faith in Jesus Christ alone can we be saved. This new identity in Christ transforms us into worshipers of Christ who live in loving community on mission to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
Scripture presents the all-glorious, triune God as the source and end of all things, sovereignly working all things according to His will. At the center of God’s purposes in the world is the exaltation of His glory through the redemption of sinners. Thus, we believe that God sovereignly chooses men and women to be saved in order to display His immeasurable grace and glory. God’s sovereign grace in salvation humbles us, fills us with gratitude, and compels us to worship Him and share the message of His grace.
We believe that the gospel—the good news of God’s saving activity in Jesus Christ—is the pinnacle of His redemptive acts, the center of the Bible’s story, and the essential message for our faith, life, and witness. We are committed to preaching the gospel, singing the gospel, praying the gospel, and building our churches upon the gospel. Our ultimate hope in all that we do is not our plans and labors, but the perfect life, substitutionary death, victorious resurrection, and glorious ascension of Jesus Christ.
With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, God’s purpose to dwell among His people entered a new era. We believe the Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer with increased power for Christian life and witness, including the giving of His supernatural gifts for the building up of the church and for various works of ministry in the world. We are eager to pursue God’s active presence in all its breadth, that Christ may be magnified in our lives, in the church, and among the nations.
Complementarian Leadership in the
Home and in the Church
We believe it was God’s glorious plan to create men and women in His image, giving them equal dignity and value in His sight, while appointing differing and complementary roles for them within the home and the church. Because these roles give different expressions to God’s image in humanity, they should be valued and pursued in joy and faith. As the redeemed community of God, the church has a unique opportunity and responsibility to celebrate this complementarity, to contend for it against cultural hostility, and to protect it from sinful distortions.
and Elder-Led Churches
Jesus Christ reigns as head over His church, and He gives to His church elders (or pastors) to govern and lead local churches under His authority. We believe that men, qualified by both character and gifting, are to serve as elders, shepherding God’s people as under-shepherds of Christ. A church’s health is to a great degree dependent on the health of its elders, and so our aim is to strengthen the current elders in our churches while identifying and training new ones.
Church Planting, Outreach,
and Global Missions
Our gospel-centrality entails not only treasuring the gospel personally but sharing it passionately. The risen Christ commissioned His church to make disciples of all nations. We believe that commission falls to us and to all believers as we personally share the gospel and through church planting, whereby the gospel is proclaimed and converts are formed into communities of disciples. We are eager to pursue this mission, relying fully on the Holy Spirit, to see the gospel proclaimed and churches planted throughout the world.
United in Fellowship, Mission,
We believe that the unity for which Jesus prayed among His people should find concrete expression among believers and churches. Indeed, the New Testament testifies to a vibrant interdependence among churches in the first century.
Our mission together is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Disciples are followers of Jesus Christ, whose new identity in Christ transforms them into Worshipers of Christ who live in loving Community on Mission to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
What does this look like?
Growing in Love for God
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” - Matthew 22:37
Growing in Love for One Another
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.- Matthew 22:29b
Going in Love to the World
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20
Our Statement of Faith
As God has appointed the elect to glory, so has he foreordained all the means necessary to carry out his saving purposes. Those whom he has predestined are redeemed by Christ, effectually called to faith by his Spirit, justified, adopted, sanctified, and kept by God’s power to the end. God does all of this in order to demonstrate his mercy to the praise of his glorious grace.
Although attended with mystery, the doctrine of election should not produce speculation, introspection, apathy, or pride but rather humility, gratitude, assurance, evangelistic passion, and eternal praise for the undeserved grace of God in Christ. Footnotes
The curse of the fall corrupted not only mankind but the entire created order, subjecting the world to futility, decay, and death. Both the cursed creation and moral evil produce calamity, suffering, hostility, and injustice in the world. The groaning of the created order reminds us of our fallenness and causes us to long for the redemption of all things under Christ.
Questions About Our Beliefs?
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