Who We Are
OUR MISSION, VISION, & VALUES
Helping people find and follow Jesus Christ.
Transformed lives leaving a godly legacy.
We love God because He first loved us. Our love grows for God when we get to know Him, obey His commands, faithfully endure through difficult times and worship Him in all circumstances.
We are grounded in God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible reveals who God is and helps us understand what He has done to restore us to Himself and how to come to Him through Jesus. We are also guided by the Bible as it provides for us a blueprint to live a life that responds to God and lovingly responds to others.
God loves people. We want to love people the way Christ loves us. This love motivates us to give generously, serve sacriﬁcially, share the truth and grace of Christ, and invest all we are and have to further God’s kingdom in the lives of people.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. We believe the Bible is living and active and to be learned and lived.
We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each has the same nature and attributes but is distinct in office and activity.
GOD THE FATHER
The first person of the Trinity is an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. God the Father orders and directs all things according to His own purpose and pleasure, full of grace and truth. Because of His great love for people, He draws them to himself, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary to reveal God and redeem sinful humanity. He lived a sinless life and brought Good News to all in a broken world, accomplishing our salvation through His death on the cross - the only mediator between God and humanity. In obedience to the Father, He became our substitutionary sacrifice. He ascended into Heaven and sits exalted at the right hand of the Father. As Prophet, Priest and King, He is now our representative before the Father, Head of the Universal Church. Our justification is made sure by His real, physical resurrection from the dead. Our Blessed Hope is His future return.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict people, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, seal, guide, instruct, unite, and empower believers for godly living and service, producing spiritual fruit.
We believe God created, out of nothing, all things in heaven and earth for His glory and that they exist by His power.
Man and woman were created in the image of God, without sin and in loving relationship with God. Instead of following God, they chose to disobey Him and sinned, resulting in spiritual and physical death. Because of Adam’s sin, all people inherit a sinful nature and are born spiritually dead, destined for hell. But God, through Jesus Christ, demonstrated his love for sinful humanity to save and restore them to an eternal relationship with Him.
God offers salvation as a free gift to all who believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ. God provides salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, which cleanses us from all sin, frees us from the penalty and power of sin, and delivers us from death and eternal separation from God in hell. Salvation is not from good works. God forgives our sins by His grace through our personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. Although God desires all people to be saved, it is only those who receive Christ and believe in Him for salvation that are chosen by God to have eternal life with Him, and once saved, they are kept secure in Christ forever
Through sanctification, God sets us apart for His purposes. Sanctification is threefold; positional, progressive and ultimate. Positionally, when we put our faith in Christ we are set apart for God. Progressive sanctification occurs as we grow in grace by the power of the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus. Ultimately, the child of God will be set apart completely from our sin when taken to be with Christ.
The universal church is a living spiritual body of which Jesus Christ is the head. All those who profess Jesus Christ and have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the universal church. The Scriptures instruct all believers to be in community with a local church for worship, service, fellowship, and spiritual growth. God has commissioned His church to bring hope to the world by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to help people find and follow Him.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe Christ instituted water baptism and the Lord's Supper, both of which are to be observed by believers until He returns (Mt 28:19-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26).
We believe baptism is a picture that portrays a variety of scriptural truths: It proclaims Christ's death and resurrection (1 Cor 15:1-4). It serves public notice to the world of one's new life in Christ (Mt 10:32). It pictures a believer's death to sin and his resurrection to spiritual life and a new way of living through the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 6:3-7, 10-11). Although baptism does not save, every believer, serious in his or her faith, will also be serious about baptism. The command of Scripture is "be baptized." By it, we both please the Lord and declare His reality in our lives and to the world.
We believe the Lord's Supper is a picture and celebration of Christ's death, the elements being symbols of His body and blood. We believe every believer has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord's Supper, but that participation must always follow solemn self-examination (1 Cor 11:23-26).
We believe in the physical return of Jesus Christ. This return is the BLESSED HOPE, for which all those who love Jesus Christ yearn. Though the time of Christ's return is a mystery known only to the Father Himself, we believe that it is as sure as Jesus' first coming is a fact. We believe in the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting in the presence of God for those who believe.