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Core Values and Statement of Faith

Discipleship

Discipleship –  Jesus came on mission from the Father to fully display the Kingdom of God and make disciples who do the same thing. The Mission of God has been extended into the very core DNA of the Church. Therefore, as His people, we are Christ’s missional presence in this world, carrying out His plan of renewal by the power of His Spirit in us. Because we believe that reality, we make disciples of Jesus from all types of people and put His Kingdom on display.

“It’s not so much that the Church has a mission, but that the mission of God has a Church.”

– Alan Hirsch

Community

Community – God exists as community. He is one God who exists fully united in three persons. In the same way, we as His people are mysteriously in community with Christ and each other through the power of the Holy Spirit. That is the reality of who we are in Christ, therefore that is what we display to the world as God grants us the faith to believe. Because this is true, we love and care for each other, and share life together NOW, in every aspect possible, because we will be doing that for eternity.

“It is surely a fact of inexhaustible significance that what our Lord left behind Him was not a book, nor a creed, nor a system of thought, nor a rule of life, but a visible community,”

-Lesslie Newbigin

Worship Celebration

Celebration (Worship) – We serve a God who celebrates. He celebrates over us as His children, and celebrates over and with all of His creation. Jesus used much of His time on earth celebrating. Because God celebrates, so do we. We celebrate the redemption he has accomplished and is accomplishing in our community, and in faith, we celebrate the renewal of all things to come at Christ’s return. We celebrate through singings, dancing, praying and listening to God’s Word being faithfully preached. We celebrate by baptizing and coming to the Lord’s table together.

Diversity

Diversity –  God’s redemptive plan has always been to form a family for himself from all people. The beautiful mosaic of humanity brings him great glory, and therefore we as his people value diversity and strive to be a community that loves and accepts others regardless of social, economic or racial status. We hope in the Kingdom of God to come where all walls of hostility will finally be gone. We seek to gather all people groups in our community to worship Him together in Spirit and truth. We advocate for reconciliation and unity, and faithfully invest our resources and energy to that end.

If the American, evangelical church hopes to realize a shalom peace reflective of that which is spoke of in Micah 4, or if it hopes to become the multi-cultural, throne room worshipping assembly depicted in Revelation 21, it must break free of Western, white cultural captivity and embrace a vision of the Kingdom that celebrates and learns from every nation, tribe, and tongue as equally beautiful expressions of Christ’s body.”

– Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

Service

Service – Because we have a God who serves us, we seek to serve each other and allow others to serve us as well. As we believe in the power of the Gospel, that Jesus came to serve us and “give his life as a ransom for many,” we give our lives away in service of those in our church family, our neighbors, and our city, for the sake of making transformed discipled who do the same.

 

What We Believe

The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored and adored.

All humanity participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.

The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen  lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.

Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end.

Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.

The goal of God’s salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works and service for the glory of God.

At death the Christian’s soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever’s soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.

Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

The Gospel of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ must be published to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.