Our mission is to make Jesus known to the entire world as the hope for mankind, in the midst of trying and difficult challenges of our time. Simply, Christ is “whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:”
We are a vibrant church for Christ which exists to give glory to God in Jesus Christ. We see ourselves as vessels of honor for the restoration, outpouring, and the works of the Holy Spirit in the lives of individuals, families and congregations, according as Christ has promised in John 14:12
We are committed to:
- Worship as a dynamic experience of the presence of God through Word, Sacrament, Music and Christian community.
- Welcome as an invitation to everyone to meet Jesus Christ no matter where they are on their spiritual journey in life.
- Empowerment as enabling individuals, couples and families to discover the power of the Holy Spirit through faith active in real life; and
- Growth as the opportunity to increase each person’s confidence and joy in Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible study and through active service in our church.
- We are committed to helping people discover their spiritual gifts that they might use them in the building up of the Body of Christ, the church.
- We are committed to the ministries of this church being carried out by non-ordained servants. This will be accomplished through training opportunities and through practices that encourage lay initiative, leadership responsibility and authority in various ministries in the church.
- We are committed to all people, just as they are, without regard to race, gender, or age.
- We are committed to receiving direction from the Holy Spirit that enables creativity and innovation. We are more concerned with effectiveness in ministry than with adherence to tradition or efficiency.
- We are committed to maintaining a high standard of excellence in all of ministries. This will be achieved when every person is exercising his or her God-given spiritual figs to the best of his or her ability.
The scriptures are inspired by God
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
–2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21
There is only one true God
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
-Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
- His virgin birth: Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31; Luke 1:35
- His sinless life: Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22
- His miracles: Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38
- His substitutionary work on the cross: 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21
- His bodily resurrection from the dead: Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4
- His exaltation to the right hand of God:
-Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Acts 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3
The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.
-Genesis 1:26,27; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12-19
The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
-Conditions to Salvation
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.
-Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; Titus 3:5-7
-The Evidence of Salvation
- The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. Romans 8:16
- The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.
-Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12
The Ordinances of the Church
– Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.
-Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4
– Holy Communion
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements –bread and the fruit of the vine– is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26 ), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.
-Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.
-Acts 8:12-17; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9
The Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.
-Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-10; 1 Corinthians 12:28
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God.
-Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12
The Church and its Mission
To seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers-the Church.
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.
-Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church.
-1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52
The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.
–Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27; Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 19:11-14; Revelation 20:1-6
The New Heavens and the New Earth
“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
-2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21; Revelation 22