The Christian faith is rooted in the Scriptures–the Old and New Testament. It is true and trustworthy. It is the final authority and sufficient for all aspects of life, faith, conduct, and ministry. Therefore, we live under authority. Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 19:7-10; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 24:44-46; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:16-21.
The gospel is the good news of God’s redemption of sinners and his fallen creation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the power of God unto salvation. It is of first importance for our salvation and is to be the center of our lives. Therefore, we are not ashamed of the gospel, but make it our aim to know it deeply, apply it faithfully, and share it boldly. Genesis 3:15; 12:1-3; Romans 1:15-17. Romans 5:1-11; 10:14-17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 2; Galatians 3:7-14; 2 Timothy 1:3-8.
We were made by God and for God. Our lives are meant to be act of worship in response to who God and what He has done. Because of sin our worship is misdirected–focused on the wrong things and people. Through the gospel, God is seeking worshipers who treasure Him above all things. We treasure him through prayerful dependence, joyful obedience, and faithful service. Therefore, we seek to be and make disciples who worship the Lord Jesus Christ with our entire lives–time, gifts, and resources. Genesis 1:27-28; Deuteronomy 30:1-10; Ezekiel 36:22-32; John 4:16-26; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:31.
Through faith in Christ, believers of all backgrounds–cultural, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic–are united as one in the family of God. We relate to one another as brothers and sisters. We belong to one another and seek to pray for one another, speak truth in love to one another, and build one another up in Christ. We seek to love and serve others who have not yet followed Christ, so that they may be reconciled to God and brought into God’s family. Therefore, we prioritize meaningful relationships in our community and meaningful membership in the local church. Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 2:11-22; 4:11-17; Hebrews 10:23; 1 Peter 2:9-12.
Jesus’ final words to his disciples define the priority of the church–make disciples. This means relationships not programs are the mission. A disciple is someone who follows Jesus, has been changed by Jesus, and helps others do the same. Therefore, we intentionally pursue making disciples who make disciples. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 9:23; Acts 14:21-23; 1 Corinthians 10:30-11:1; Ephesians 4:11-17; Colossians 1:28-29; 2 Timothy 2:1-2.
Mercy & Justice
The outworking of the gospel in the lives of believers should be marked by showing mercy and doing justice. Mercy is meeting basic needs out of a gospel-produced compassion. Doing justice is being committed to serving the marginalized and oppressed, working ffor the reconciliation of all races and ethnicities, and defending the right to life from conception to natural death. Therefore, we seek to love our neighbors, regardless of who they are, not only in word but also in deed. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 146:9; Is 1:17; Jeremiah 9:23-24; 22:3; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 10:25-37; James 2:1-7.
Since God calls us to live in specific places and among specific people, we seek to listen and learn. We desire to open up conversations, learn people’s stories, and help them find their place in God’s story of redemption. We believe Jesus invite everyone in and, at the same time, challenges everyone to submit their lives to Him. Therefore, we desire to work out the gospel in all of life while treating all people with compassion, gentleness, and respect. Therefore, we aim to engage our culture with the convictional kindness–reflecting Jesus’ open invitation to all and universal call to submit our entire lives to Him. Matthew 5:14-16; Acts 17:24-31; Philippians 2:14-16; Colossians 4:5-6; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; 1 Peter 3:14-15
The kingdom of God was inaugurated in Jesus’ first coming and will be consummated in his second coming. We now live in between these two comings where we experience in part the reign of Jesus while also longing for its completion. Therefore, with our eyes set on the coming kingdom of God, we seek to be a church the reflects the diversity of God’s kingdom in the community of our church–all people, tribes, and languages. We also desire to see God’s more fully establish His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, so we send laborers and plant church to advance the gospel. Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; Ephesians 2:11-22; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:13-14; James 2:1-13; Revelation 4:4-6.