OUR BELIEFS

OUR Beliefs

Welcome to the table, the journey, the process. When it comes to Jesus, you belong before you believe - and Jesus gave everything to prove it. He wanted all of humanity to know His love for them, so he went to the Cross before we would ever believe. He’s truly the only god who would give everything - which is why we believe He’s the only way to discover true life. We hope you’ll join us on this journey of following Jesus.

It’s worth it.

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OUR THEOLOGICAL LENS

What we see is important - and so is how we see.
Our 4 Theological Pillars together are a lens through which we approach our Beliefs, Vision and Values. These lenses simultaneously come from scripture and exist to shape our perspective toward scripture.

1. JESUS & HIS KINGDOM

2. ORTHODOXY WITH ORTHOPRAXY

3. FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

4. REMAINING IN FAITH, HOPE & LOVE

JESUS CHRIST

We believe Jesus is the son of God. He came to earth, put on flesh, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Jesus lived a sinless life and died a sinner’s death. He was the once and for all sacrifice for the sin of humanity. He died so that we didn’t have to. Three days later, he was physically resurrected from the dead. He ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Throne of God. He is the advocate and mediator (2 Timothy 2:5) on our behalf with God. As we repent and put our faith in Jesus, we receive forgiveness and are “born again” (Matthew 17:5; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 11:25; 1 Thessalians 4:14; Romans 8:11).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and of judgment and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ. We believe in (a) the baptism of the Holy Spirit, by which believers are empowered and equipped for service (b) the gifts of and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available today, and that they exist to benefit the church and to help strengthen the believer (1 Cor 12:7; 14:3-5). If there's aim, it's walking with the Spirit, which leads to evidence of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5).

GOD

We believe in the sovereignty of God, who is one, eternally existing in the three persons of the triune Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1, 1:26-28, 3:22; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 48:16; Galatians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:5; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2

THE KINGDOM

This is the good news about Jesus - that God and his reality is not something stuck in heaven, but here today. We believe that the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel is to bring the reality of God's kingdom here, now (Luke 11:2, Matthew 4:17, Romans 14:17).

THE LOCAL CHURCH

We believe in the one true, universal church that exists around the globe and consists of those whose faith is in Jesus alone. The Local Church is a part of that universal church, and is a reflection of God’s Kingdom to humanity. It lives out this purpose through the 5-fold ministry: Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists and Pastors. (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:11).

SCRIPTURE

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their original writing are inspired by God and accept them as the final authority for faith and life. We believe that in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, God has revealed Himself and given us an authoritative disclosure of His character and will. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

IMAGO DEI: PEOPLE

We believe that mankind was created in the image and likeness of God (Imago Dei). Through Adam’s sin, mankind inherited a sinful nature and became more and more separated from God. Without sacrifice, we live apart from God. Jesus brings us back to relationship. Genesis 1:26-28; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

IMAGO DEI: SEXUALITY & GENDER

We believe Jesus created us Male and Female (Genesis 5:2; Matthew 19:4). Man and woman uniquely and together reflect the image of God. Anything beyond this that distorts, diminishes or devalues God’s image regarding sexuality is a departure from God’s will for the flourishing of Humanity. Jesus' invitation to all - regardless of sexual orientation or behavior - is to surrender everything and follow Him. As a church, we exist to partner with Jesus in offering this same invitation: "Let's follow Jesus together."

IMAGO DEI: RACE

As an expression of God’s creativity, humanity bears His image in their ethnicity. God has called us to affirm the His image in every person / ethnos. Not only that, Christ’s reconciliation was not just between God and humanity, but also human-to-human. Our mission is to make disciples of every nation (Greek: ethnos), which means intentionally making room at the table of God for every person. Any belief or ideal that devalues, disregards, avoids or ignores a person or group of people because of their race is anti-scripture and anti-Jesus (Isaiah 42:1-7; Acts 17:26; Galatians 3:28; Matthew 28:19).

ETERNITY

We believe death is not the end. Those whose faith is in Christ will spend eternity with Him (John 3:15-16; 1 John 5:11; Romans 6:23), and those who did not will spend eternity separated from Him (Matthew 25:46).

HOPE

There's still hope for humanity.

MISSION

It's not about us - it's about living on mission, going beyond ourselves that the world may be connected to the realness of God.