Doctrinal Foundations

The following beliefs represent the core of orthodox doctrine from a biblical and historical perspective.

We believe…

1. that the Scriptures in their original writings are inspired by God and are completely true, authoritative, and sufficient (Ps 19:7-11; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21).

2. that there is only one God (Deut 6:4; Isa 45:5-6; 46:9-10; Jn 17:3; 1 Cor 8:4-6; 1 Tim 2:5).

3. that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; that the members of the Trinity are equal in nature yet distinct in their roles (Gen 1:26; Ps 45:6-7; 110:1; Matt 3:13-17; 28:17-20; 1 Cor 12:4-6).

4. that I am, along with all humanity (Christ excluded), by birth and action, a sinner, and in need of a changed heart (Gen 6:5; Ps 51:5; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:23; 5:8,12-21; 7:18; Eph 2:1-3).

5. that the deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Gen 2:15-17; 3:19; Rom 5:12; 6:23; Jas 1:14-15).

6. that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, is both fully God and fully human, and is without sin (Matt 1:20; Luke 2:52; Jn 1:1-4,14; Col 1:15-20; Heb 1:1-3).

7. that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life of uncompromising trust in God's righteous commands and that His perfect righteousness is donated to the account of all His people (Heb 5:8-9; Mt 3:15; Rom 5:19, 10:5; Gal 4:4-5, Phil 2:8).

8. that Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin (Jn 1:29; 10:1-18; Rom 5:8; 1 Cor 15:1-4; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 1:4; 1 Pet 3:18).

9. that salvation does not result from man's merit, but is a result of divine grace and mercy alone (Rom 3:20, 28; 4:13-16; Eph 2:4-9; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Ptr 1:3-5)

10.that only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (Jn 3:18; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom 3:21-26; 1 Tim 2:5-6).

11.that Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead (Matt 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; Jn 20-21; 1 Cor 15:12-34).

12.that Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (Jn 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess 4:16; Heb 9:28; 1 Jn 3:2; Rev 1:7). a future, physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal life with him. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to face judgement, and eternal separation from God (Matt 25:31-46; Jn 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).

14.that disciples of Jesus are to display and explain the message of the gospel together, calling all to repent and believe in Jesus. Disciples show evidence of changed lives by displaying good works in keeping with repentance, which means to change worship from false gods of all sorts, to the true God (Matt 9:37-38; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:14-15; 2 Cor 5:18-20; 1 Ptr 3:15).

15.that God stands as the sovereign King over every inch of His creation. By the power of the Holy Spirit, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God is establishing His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10; Mark 1:14-15; Lk 17:20-21; 1 Cor 15:24; Col 1:13; Ps 145:13).

Other beliefs worth noting:

1. Primary & Secondary Beliefs: Because we are a collection of believers from varying backgrounds, we believe in listening to understand, going to Jesus together, and finding him in the midst of varying theological ideas and opinions with scripture as our guide. We believe in unity in primary beliefs, as noted above, and discussion in areas of secondary importance.

2. The Purpose of the Church: The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighborhood, the nation, and the world as a whole; thus we believe mission is not a program in the church but an essential identity of the Church. We believe we are sent to all of life for this purpose and welcome the opportunity to partner with people of other churches to this end. Jesus said his wish was that his followers would be unified (John 17), this is why we are not exclusive, but look for ways to be inclusive as we live out the mission of Jesus together (Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)

3. Our View of the Sabbath. Rest is one of the primary results of Christ's work and we're all learning to enter that rest. As we grow and mature, we find this rest encompasses all of life. Jesus said, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…." This is why we encourage people to get into a regular weekly rhythm of getting away from the daily grind. Being intentional about setting aside a block of time and finding ways that uniquely help each individual relax and renew in Christ is an act of faith—it's trusting and resting in his finished work. This time set aside, to intentionally rest in Christ, is a reminder of how Jesus provides a way for us to grow in living the rest of our lives from a place of rest (1 Cor. 1:18, Heb. 4:7, Matt. 11:28, Gal. 3 & 5).

4. Want to know more? As with any faith community, you need to get to know the people who are connected to that community in order to find out what they truly believe. Jesus said the fruits of our lives will display the roots of our beliefs. Intellectually knowing things doesn't equate to a changed life, only the Holy Spirit can do that work. So, rather than looking at this community's beliefs from the outside, come share life with us and find out how our beliefs shape the way we live (Matt. 7:15-20, Ez. 36:26-27,