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Statement of Faith

SCRIPTURES

We believe the Holy Scriptures are verbally inspired in every word and absolutely inerrant in the original documents and are God’s complete written revelation to man. We affirm that they are both authoritative and sufficient in all matters of faith and practice. As one of the primary resources for spiritual growth, it is the responsibility of followers of Jesus Christ—empowered by His Spirit and encouraged by His people—to apply the truth of the Holy Scriptures to their lives.

GOD

We believe that there is but one living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the loving, sovereign, creator and sustainer of all things, deserving of our worship and obedience.

JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is both fully God and fully man. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His imminent personal return to Earth in power and glory.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God. As the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, the Holy Spirit indwells all believers and baptizes them into the Body of Christ at the moment of their salvation. The Holy Spirit also sanctifies, instructs, illumines, empowers for service and seals each believer for the day of final redemption.

SALVATION

We believe that the salvation of man, who is totally depraved and hopelessly lost, is a free gift for all who turn from sin and self and put their trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. This salvation is wholly of God, by grace, on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ and the merit of His shed blood, not on the basis of human merit or works. All the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.

SANCTIFICATION

We believe that sanctification is the process of becoming more like Christ. This process begins at salvation and is completed when the believer reaches Heaven. At salvation the believer is justified and is declared holy by God. Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit he is able to turn from his sin, grow in obedience to the Word of God and develop a life of increasing holiness, reflecting the image of Christ.

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church consists of all who have been regenerated by the Spirit, rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into Christ’s kingdom. The Church is expressed as the local bodies of believers, operating under the direction of Jesus as Lord and Head of His body. The church gathers in community for corporate worship and to equip the body of believers to build up one another and in turn, serve as salt and light—His hands to engage in the physical and spiritual needs of a broken world.

THE FUTURE

We believe that Jesus Christ will physically return to Earth and that this return is imminent. This promise of His return should unite, comfort, and motivate all believers to holy living and engagement in His mission. Christ will bring His Kingdom to completion with His return by judging the world in righteousness and fulfilling His promise to His people. His future work on Earth will conclude with the destruction of all evil and the creation of a new Heaven and Earth. After death, man will exist eternally in a real physical place; either united with God in Heaven or separated from God in Hell. 

 
Biblical Distinctives
  1. God is in the process of transforming us into the image of Christ: The Christian is called to a new life. (Col. 3:9-10, Eph. 4:1-2)

  2. God has given us all we need to be all that He desires: The Christian can turn to the sufficiency of Christ. (2 Pet. 1:3-4, 2 Cor. 9:8)

  3. God has sovereignly ordained the circumstances of our lives: The Christian can face life with confidence. (Rom. 8:28-29, Eph. 1:11-12)

  4. God often uses difficult circumstances and people to accomplish His purposes: The Christian is called to suffer. (James 1:2-4, 1 Pet. 1:6-7)

  5. God has given us His Word, His Spirit and His people as resources for change: The Christian must utilize the resources available. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 3:13)

  6. God reveals the depth of our sin so we can understand the riches of His grace The Christian is called to confession and repentance. (Eph. 2:4, 1 Tim. 1:15-16, 2 Cor. 7:9-10)

  7. God has shown us that the primary battle ground is our mind: The Christian is called to renew his mind. (2 Cor. 10:3-5, Rom. 12:2)

  8. God has forgiven us and commands us to forgive others: The Christian is called to forgive others. (Eph. 4:30-32; Col. 3:12-14)

  9. God desires control of our lives to accomplish His kingdom purpose The Christian is called to live a surrendered life. (Luke 22:42; Gal. 2:20)
 
Core Values
    1. We believe in the sufficiency of Christ and His Word as the basis for
  • building a strong, vital relationship with Him.
  • using the Bible as the primary resource for providing the solutions to the problems of life.
  • understanding that all needs are already met through the believer’s relationship with Christ.
    2. We believe that the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures are
  • the agents of change in the disciple.
  • the primary teachers and counselors upon which the discipler must rely.
    3. We are committed to helping people
  • understand that a loving sovereign God has ordained their difficult circumstances.
  • seek to live life from God’s perspective, not man’s.
  • have hope in difficult circumstances based on the character of God and His promises.
  • understand that God will accomplish His goals for the believer through suffering
    4. We see the body of Christ to be the primary context for changed lives; therefore, we give priority to
  • the role of the local church.
  • the responsibility and authority of church leaders in shepherding the flock of God among them.
  • the practice of identifying and dealing with sin biblically.
  • the importance of biblical forgiveness in the body life context of the church.
    5. We believe that true Christian discipleship is best developed on a life-to-life basis between the discipler and the
        disciple. It is in this relationship that we

  • understand our responsibility as believers to disciple others.
  • view role modeling as a primary vehicle for imparting God’s truth to others.
  • encourage the disciple to pass on what he has learned to others.
  • give priority to equipping and providing support to disciplers.
    6. We see that the biblical model of discipleship should be part of the normal body life ministry of believers.
        Because of this, we

  • do not charge a fee for discipleship time.
  • do not allow the CTO approach to be used in any “fee” setting
 
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