Statement of Faith
God: There is one God who has always existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19). The three persons of the Trinity share the same divine nature and are equally deserving of worship and praise. God sustains and rules over all things in His perfect power, wisdom, and love (Heb. 1:2-3).
2 Corinthians 13:14 - The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Salvation: Those who place their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord are saved from their sins (Rom. 10:9). Believers experience forgiveness for their sins and are declared holy and accepted by God, on account of Christ’s righteousness. Believers are also given a new nature that is no longer in bondage to sin (Gal. 2:20). Although salvation is by grace through faith, Christians are called to work out their salvation by putting sin to death and growing in Christlikeness (Phil. 2:12).
Romans 3:23–24 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
The Bible: The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments were written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so that their words accurately represent the Word of God (2 Peter 1:19-21). The Bible is without error, trustworthy in all it teaches and authoritative in all it commands (Prov. 30:5). In the Bible, God reveals Himself to us and teaches us to live in a way that glorifies Him (John 20:31).
2 Timothy 3:16–17 - All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Kingdom: Those who place their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord are welcomed into His kingdom (John 3:5). Jesus is currently reigning as a perfect and righteous King in the unseen, spiritual realm (Heb. 12:2). We are called to live as citizens of this unseen Kingdom and work by the power of the Holy Spirit to make it a reality on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 - Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Church: The universal church is made up of all those who have trusted in Jesus as Savior and follow him as Lord. The church is meant to glorify God and continue the ministry of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit, especially by making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). God intends for church to be experienced in the context of a local congregation. The local church is a body of believers that gathers regularly for prayer and worship, preaches the Bible, practices, discipline, and observes the ordinances (Acts 2:42-47).
1 Corinthians 12:27 - Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
Spiritual Gifts: All the spiritual gifts experienced in the New Testament continue to be active today (1 Cor. 12:4-11) and that every believer has been given a spiritual gift(s) for the purpose of building up the body. These gifts should be prayerfully desired and cultivated and can be used to build up the church and give evidence to the power of the gospel.
1 Corinthians 14:1 - Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
Five-Fold Ministry: Jesus continues to give gifts to the church in the form of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers to build up the local church by equipping the members to do the work of ministry. Jesus embodied all five of these gifts perfectly, and we believe the church needs all five if they are going to represent Him to the world. Because of this, we see each gift as significant and each one should be given a voice and a platform to influence the church according to the calling to which they have been called. In many ways, the impact of the church is dependent upon the unity displayed by the five-fold leaders within the body.
Ephesians 4:11–12 - And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
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