Wake the world up to Jesus!
All of us have a network of relationships that are primed and ready to infuse the gospel. We believe that God has placed each of us precisely where we are to share the good news of Jesus with our family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers!
WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?
We believe a disciple of Jesus Christ understands these 5Gs.
“Favor we didn’t deserve and could not earn.”
Jesus took our sin, our debts, our brokenness upon Himself through the cross and, now, through His grace, we have full life in Jesus. We can approach God with confidence knowing that Jesus’ death has freed us and made us alive with Christ.
But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.
“We’re better together”
You and I cannot become all that we are called to be on our own. We must be intentional to gather together.
Why We Gather
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
How We Gather
- Worship Service
- Life Groups
“Healthy things grow.”
God desires for us to grow spiritually, to be transformed. One of the significant ways we grow spiritually is through personal Bible study and prayer.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Be intentional in spending time (“abiding”) in God’s Word by:
- Choosing a Time
- Choosing a Place
- Choosing a Plan
“Generosity changes you and others.”
We have all been given Time, Talents, and Treasures that we are called to use for God and His Kingdom. The moment we surrendered to Jesus, the Holy Spirit entered our lives and brought along spiritual gifts that He has equipped us with supernaturally. God has called us to use those gifts to benefit other and to experience the joy of making a difference.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
“You were created on purpose for a purpose.”
The church wasn’t created by Jesus to just be a building. He went out to the people, where they were, and modeled missional living. We must do the same. Some people will never step foot into a church unless we go out and model Christ to them.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “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.
While Jesus was on earth, He spent time teaching and preaching to many large groups, but where He spent most of His time was with His small group of disciples. He spent time teaching them how to live and love like He did and help others do the same. As Christ-followers He specifically asks us to do the same.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The following topics are short overviews of the core beliefs of our church.
We believe that the Bible, including 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament, is “breathed out by God” and is without error in its original forms. The Bible has God for its author and salvation for its end. Its content is wholly centered on the Lord Jesus Christ and no portion of Scripture can be rightly understood until it leads to Him.
Luke 4:16–21, 24:27 | John 5:39 | Acts 17:2–3 | 2 Timothy 3:16–17 | 2 Peter 1:21
We believe that the Triune God has eternally existed in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, present in all places at all times, holy, loving, just, infinite, and eternal. Being one God, each of the Persons of the Trinity are worthy of exactly the same honor, confidence, and obedience.
Matthew 28:18–19 | Mark 12:29 | John 1:14 | Acts 5:3–5 | 2 Corinthians 13:14 | Hebrews 1:1–3 | Revelation 1:4–6
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father has reigned with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His glorious grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. He is fatherly in His attitude towards those who are called His children through faith in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7 | Exodus 3:14 | Matthew 6:9–15; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19 | Mark 1:9–11 | John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6–13; 17:1–8 | Acts 1:7 | Romans 8:14–15 | 1 Corinthians 8:6 | Galatians 4:6 | Ephesians 4:6 | Colossians 1:15 | 1 Timothy 1:17 | Hebrews 11:6; 12:9 | 1 Peter 1:17 | 1 John 5:7
JESUS CHRIST, GOD THE SON
We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. He is the image of the invisible God and the exact imprint of His nature. Through Jesus, the fullness of God’s nature and character is revealed. Jesus Christ, in His incarnation, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, making Him fully God and fully man.
Christ, in taking on flesh, lived His life in full and perfect obedience to the Father’s will and the Law. We believe that He was crucified, died for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected on the third day. After showing Himself to many witnesses, He ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God and awaits to return in power and glory to consummate His redemptive mission.
Isaiah 7:14 | Matthew 1:18–25 | Luke 1:26–38 | John 1:1, 14, 18, 20:28 | 1 Corinthians 15:3–8 | Ephesians 1:20–21 | Philippians 2:5–7 | Colossians 1:15 | Hebrews 1:3, 8, 10
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who is fully God and was there “in the beginning.” His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to convict men of sin, give life to the believer, and to guide, instruct, and empower believers for godly living and service.
Genesis 1:2 | John 14:14–15, 16:18 | Acts 5:3–5 | Romans 8:26
We believe that humanity was created in the image of God as the pinnacle of His creative works. Man was innocent in the Garden but by choice rebelled against God by disobeying His commandment, resulting in sin and death entering into the human race.
Through Adam’s sin all men have entered into his guilt and have inherited a nature of sinful rebellion against God bringing him under God’s condemnation. It is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone that God brings men back into right relationship with Himself.
Genesis 1:26–28 | Psalm 8:3–8 | Romans 5:12, 15–21 | Ephesians 2:8–9
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God that comes by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone apart from any human efforts. The Gospel is the proclamation of the good news that Jesus Christ lived a perfectly sinless life and that He died a sinner’s death on a cross, was buried, and raised on the third day to new life.
Salvation happens when we receive this gospel – confessing with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believing in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells and seals the believer until the day we meet Him face to face.
John 14:6 | Romans 10:9–10 | 1 Corinthians 15:1–7 | 2 Corinthians 4:4 | Ephesians 1:13–14, 2:8–9 | Philippians 1:6
We believe that all who are united to the Lord Jesus through the gospel of grace are members of the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, from Jesus’ resurrection to the present-day.
We also believe that the New Testament church is a local body of members – Spirit-indwelt, baptized believers – who gather to observe baptism and the Lord’s Supper, who are committed to accurately preaching and teaching God’s Word, and who seek to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.
In such a local body, members are equally responsible to one another to employ their God-given gifts in service to the Body.
The church’s biblical officers are pastors, who are called to shepherd and teach, and deacons who are called to serve the Body.
Ephesians 4:11–12 | 1 Timothy 3:8–13 | 1 Corinthians 12
THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe that those whom God has saved are sent into the world by Christ just as He was by the Father. We who are sent are ambassadors, commissioned to go make disciples of the whole world. We also believe that everyone should have the opportunity to carefully examine the facts about Jesus and have an opportunity to make an informed and educated decision about Him and His claims.
Matthew 28:18–20 | John 17 | 2 Corinthians 5:14–21
BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
These are the ordinances of the church. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer into water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, therefore identifying the believer with God. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
Baptism is also a testimony to the believer’s faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to church membership. Communion, also called The Lord’s Supper, is a symbolic act of obedience whereby those who profess faith in Jesus Christ, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize and proclaim the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Matthew 26:26–29, 28:19 | Mark 14:22–25 | Luke 22:14–23 | Romans 6:1–4 | 1 Corinthians 11:23–26
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth, the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell and reign forever with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth.
Matthew 25:31–46 | Mark 13:32–36 | Revelation 21–22
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the sacred union of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His Church.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 2:24 | Exodus 20:12 | Deuteronomy 6:4–9 | Psalm 139:13–16 | Matthew 19:4–5 | Ephesians 5:31–32, 6:1–3