Our Church DNA
To draw our community into life with Christ
Philosophy & Purpose:
The church is God’s family. It’s not a building. It’s not a charitable organization. It’s not a social club. It is people who believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. The church has no greater purpose than to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength, and all our mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This brings God great pleasure.
Our church expresses its love for God in the following five areas:
- Worship – Celebrating God in our actions and attitudes
- Fellowship – Fulfilling our role in the body of Christ
- Discipleship – Helping each other mature into the likeness of Christ
- Ministry – Serving others on behalf of Christ
- Evangelism – Sharing with others the Good News of Jesus Christ
Vision & Values
Our church has life.
We don’t just warm the pews on Sunday morning – we live out life with God every day of the week. This abundant life is highly contagious – people can see life in us and they want it for themselves.
Our church is authentic.
Our church is an environment where people can develop real relationships with each other and with God. God can see through any facade, so we strive to be upfront and authentic with God and with each other. We don’t simply do things out of tradition or routine. We intentionally do things because they are important and effective in accomplishing God’s purposes.
Our church feels like home.
No matter where people are in their journey with God, they feel welcome and important. Each person is seen as family and is treated as such.
Our church is effective.
Our mandate is to make disciples of all the world and we are actively and effectively accomplishing that goal. The Bible is taught clearly and creatively so that every person can understand and obey the truths of Scripture. Prayer is a major part all activities, because we seek to join God in whatever He is already doing. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we clearly explain the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those in our sphere of influence. Everyone, regardless of Christian maturity, is discipled, encouraged, and built up by one another so that the church becomes even stronger and more effective.
Our church acts as a hub in our community.
We are actively involved all aspects of community life, both as a church and as individuals. This increases our sphere of influence and allows us many more opportunities to reach our community for Christ.
Our church glorifies God.
Although we are not yet perfect, we strive for excellence in everything we do, as we are a reflection of our God. Anything good that happens in and through our church is because of God and all praise goes to Him.
- God: There is one God,1 who is infinitely perfect,2 existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.3
- Jesus: Jesus Christ is true God and true man.4 He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.5 He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.6 He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest.7 He will come again to establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace.8
- Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, sent to indwell,9 guide, teach and empower the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.10
- Bible: The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of people. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.11
- Sin: Humankind, originally created in the image and likeness of God,12 fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.13 The destiny of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment, but that of the believer is everlasting joy and bliss.14
- Freedom from Sin: Salvation has been provided only through Jesus Christ. Those who repent and believe in Him are united with Christ through the Holy Spirit and are thereby regenerated (born again), justified, sanctified and granted the gift of eternal life as adopted children of God.15
- Christian Living: It is the will of God that in union with Christ each believer should be sanctified thoroughly16 thereby being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to God, receiving power for holy living and sacrificial and effective service toward the completion of Christ’s commission.17This is accomplished through being filled with the Holy Spirit which is both a distinct event and progressive experience in the life of the believer.18
- Healing: Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil as taught in the Scriptures are privileges for the Church in this present age.19
- Church: The universal Church, of which Christ is the Head, consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and commissioned by Christ to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations.20 The local church, the visible expression of the universal Church, is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together to worship God, to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, to pray, to be edified through the Word of God, to fellowship, and to testify in word and deed to the good news of salvation both locally and globally. The local church enters into relationships with other like-minded churches for accountability, encouragement and mission.21
- Life after death: There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life;22 for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.23
- Second Coming of Christ: The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal and visible.24 As the believer’s blessed hope, this vital truth is an incentive for holy living and sacrificial service toward the completion of Christ’s commission.25
1. Isaiah 44:6; 45:5-6 | 2. Matthew 5:48; Deut. 32:4 | 3. Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19 | 4. Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 2:14-18; Colossians 2:9 | 5. Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35 | 6. 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 1 John 2:2; Acts 13:39 | 7. Hebrews 4:14-15; 9:24-28 | 8. Matthew 25:31-34; Acts 1:11 | 9. John 14:16-17 | 10. John 16:7-11; 1 Corinthian 2:10-12 | 11. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21 | 12. Genesis 1:27 | 13. Romans 8:8; 1 John 2:2 | 14. Matthew 25:41-46; 2 | Thessalonians 1:7-10 | 15. Titus 3:5-7; Acts 2:38; John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 6:11 | 16. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 | 17. Acts 1:8 | 18. Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16-25 | 19. Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:13-16 | 20. Ephesians 3:6-12; 1:22-23 | 21. Acts 2:41-47; Hebrew 10:25; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 11:19-30; 15 | 22. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 | 23. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 | 24. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 | 25. 1 Corinthians 1:7; Titus 2:11-14; Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20