Beliefs & Core Values
Our beliefs define us as individuals and as a community seeking to follow Jesus. Although we believe a healthy church family is made up of people with a variety of spiritual opinions (Romans 14), we also believe a healthy church family is unified on issues that matter most (Acts 4, 2 Tim. 4). What unites us is greater than what divides us.
God is the very definition of love. He loves each of us more than we could ever understand—regardless of the choices we have made. Unfortunately, people make bad decisions sometimes, so when God offered us life, we chose sin and death.
Because of grace, God refused to let our poor choices define our future, so God came to earth in human form as Jesus to live a sinless life and to change eternity. After Jesus was murdered and raised to life from the dead to undo all of our mistakes, He returned to heaven. The good news is that God didn’t want us to be alone, so He sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of those who choose to follow Him.
Since God loves everyone, not just a select few, Jesus established the church to serve the poor, spread His love and to turn the world upside down. The sad reality is that some of us still refuse to accept life, so instead we run from God and turn towards sin. The good news is that Jesus is alive! He will come again and those that choose to accept His love and follow Him will never taste death.
We believe there is one God (Deut. 6:4) and He created everything (Gen. 1:1) Throughout the course of history, God has revealed himself in three forms to humanity—God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:2)—and we believe these three forms are all co-equal. God did not simply create the universe and step back to let nature take its course, but instead, He continues to be active in the creation He loves so much.
We believe Jesus is one of three expressions of God. Before there was time as we know it, Jesus helped create everything (John 1:1-5 ; Gen. 1:1). Because God loved us so much, and man was so sinful, God sent Jesus to the earth through a virgin birth, as prophesied (Isa. 9:6 ; Matt. 1:18-25). Becoming fully man and fully God, He died on the cross and bore our sins so that we could be forgiven (1 Pet. 2:24 ; Eph. 1:7). On the third day, Jesus was resurrected from the dead (Lk 24:6), and forty days later ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9) where He serves as our intercessor and High Priest (Heb. 4:14). Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and no one will come to God the Father except through Him (John 14:6). We believe, one day, Jesus will return to the earth in all of His glory to raise us up and to judge both the living and the dead (1 Cor. 15:13; 1 Pet. 4:5).
We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with God and Jesus (2 Cor. 3:17). When Jesus returned to heaven, God did not leave us all alone. Instead, He sent the Holy Spirit that continues to guide humanity to the truth about God (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit is not distant, but actually dwells inside of those that have given their lives to Christ (Acts 2:38; Rom. 8:9-11). The Holy Spirit guides believers into the truth of who God is, equips believers with spiritual gifts for ministry and empowers believers to be the visible presence of Jesus Christ in the world (2 Cor. 3:6; Acts 1:8).
Contrary to what many believe, God is not a God of burdensome rules. In fact, we believe that God has set things in place to help us live a life greater than we could ever live on our own (John 10:10). Through His own supernatural inspiration, God worked through human authors to write the Bible—the story of God working in, through and for humanity. We believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and is a vital element for understanding His will for our lives (2 Tim. 3:16).
Although everyone has sinned and fallen short of what God created us to be (Rom. 3:23), it is by God’s grace and our faith in Him that we can be forgiven and saved from the decisions we have made (Eph. 2:8, Romans 6:23). When we make the decision to turn from the old lives we were living and to follow Jesus Christ, we are given new life once again through our confession that that Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior (Acts 2:38). It is by God’s mercy (Titus 3:5) and through Jesus alone that we are able to have confidence in life and in death (John 14:6).
Church is not a building and it is certainly not a product intended for humanity’s consumption. Church is people. It is a living, breathing organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to encourage believers, through real community, to follow Jesus and to spread the good news about what God has done, is doing and will do. Jesus is the head of the church (Eph. 1:22), and the church is the body in which people serve various roles and needs within the church and the community (Eph. 1:23). Because Jesus loves the church and established it to carry out His work on earth (Matt. 28:18-20; Eph. 5:25-27), we believe the church is a vital component to the human story and our growth in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:25).