What We Believe...
Statement of Faith
Inspiration of Scripture
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Its writing took place under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This inspiration by the Holy Spirit resulted in error free original manuscripts. It is to be considered infallible and is to be held as the ultimate authority.
2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:23-25, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Mark 13:31, John 8:31-32, John 20:30-31,
Acts 20:32, Hebrews 4:12
We believe that there is one true God comprised of three separate persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Each is co-equal and co-eternal and carries out individual tasks in concert with
each other in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26, John 1:1-3, Matthew 28:19, John 4:24, John 14:9-11, John 14:23-26, Romans 1:19-20, Ephesians 4:5-6, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
God the Father
We believe in the all powerful, all knowing, infinite God the Father. He is perfect in wisdom, power, love, and holiness. He hears and answers prayer and His foreknowledge of future events is infallible. His holiness will not allow sinful man into its presence, but in His mercy, God reconciles Himself to mankind saving from sin and death all that come to him through Jesus Christ. By faith in Jesus Christ we are given a personal relationship with God and eternal life with Him.
Luke 10:21-22, Matthew 23:9, John 3:16, John 6:27, Romans 1:7, 1 Timothy 1:1-2,
1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 Peter 1:3, Revelation 1:4-6
Jesus Christ the Son
We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit as God’s only begotten Son. He was
born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and taught with authority. His death,
bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven act to restore the personal relationship between
God the Father and those sinners who chose him as savior. Accepting the gift of Jesus’
sacrifice is the only way to enter heaven. Jesus intercedes for his people and will return to
Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38, John 1:1, John 20:28, Romans 9:5, Romans 8:1-4,
2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:21-23, John 20:30-31, Matthew 20:28, Ephesians 1:4, Acts 1:11,
Romans 5:6-8, Romans 6:9-10, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:28, 1 Timothy 3:16
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came from the Father and Son to indwell and empower believers
in Jesus Christ. He is a helper, teacher, and guide to the believer. The Holy Spirit indwells
believers, seals them for the day of redemption,baptizes them with power, sanctifies them, and
equips them with gifts and ministries.
John 14:16-17, John 14:26, John15:26-27, John 16:9-14, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 3:16,
1 Corinthians 6:19, Galatians 5:22-26, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:4-8, 1 Corinthians 6:11,
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Nature of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God and was placed in the Garden of Eden. He consciously sinned and as a result all human beings are born with a sinful nature and destined for everlasting punishment separated from God - physical, spiritual, and eternal death. The only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Genesis 1:26-31, Genesis 3, Genesis 5:1-2, Genesis 2:17, Ecclesiastes 2:11, Romans 9:22,
2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:10-15, Jeremiah 17:9, James 1:13-15, Romans 3:19,
Salvation of Man
We believe that that those redeemed by the Holy Spirit will place their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior. The old nature of the believer will cease to be and he will become a new creation, no longer destined for eternal punishment but destined for eternal life.
John 3:14, John 5:24-29, John 8:12, John 10:26-30, Psalm 51:7, Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9,
John 3:16, John 1:9-13, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:1-11
Faith and Works
We believe salvation is by the grace of God. Faith in God’s gift of Jesus Christ is the requirement for
salvation. The works of a true believer in Jesus Christ, though not a requirement for salvation, act as an
outward manifestation of our inward transformation. The life of the believer is a process of becoming
Christ-like, reflecting God’s love, righteousness, holiness, and justice. His conduct should be blameless
and he should strive for maturity in Christ both for himself and for others.
Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 2:1-10, 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, Matthew 25:14-30,
Ephesians 5:1, Colossians 3:1, James 1:22-15, James 2:14-18, Micah 6:8, 1 Corinthians 2:16,
Philippians 1:27-29, 1 Peter 1:14-19, 1 John 2:3-6, John 15:5, 2 Peter 3:15-18, 1 Corinthians 10:31,
Romans 12:1-3, John 14:15, Colossians 1:9-10
We believe that the church is the living spiritual body of Christ. Christ is the head of the church and all true believers are members. The local church is a visible representation of the spiritual body and is a group of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a profession of faith, gathered for worship, fellowship, and the work of advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every believer should be actively engaged in the local
Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:19-22, Acts 1:8, Ephesians5:19-21, Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:23-25, Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:8
The End Times
We believe in the visible return of Jesus Christ to earth. He is returning to gather the righteous. The dead in Christ will be bodily resurrected and those believers who are alive will follow. Both will receive glorified bodies. At the final judgment, the righteous will be separated from the wicked and will reign and rule forever with Jesus Christ in the new heaven and new earth. Death will be conquered for eternity and there will no more sorrow, curse, or disease. The wicked will be banished to an eternity of endless suffering.
Mathew 16:27, Mark 14:62, John 14:3, Acts 1:11, Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, 2 Timothy 4:1, Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 1 Corinthians 15, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10,
Revelation 20:4-6, Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 21 & 22, 2 Thessalonians 2:1
The Role of Missions
Full Time Ministry
We believe in full-time ministry. While there are times ministry must be done in conjunction with a secular
job, it is not meant to be the norm. It is the responsibility of the Church and its members to support its
2 Corinthians 11:8, Philippians 4:10-19, 1 Corinthians 9:1-14
We believe effective sharing of the Gospel is done through both words and actions and as such, the ministry we have been entrusted with is focused on meeting both spiritual and physical needs.
James 2:14-26, Romans 15:14-17, Romans 10:14-17, Matthew 25:31-46
Universal Responsibility to Share the Gospel
We believe that all believers have a responsibility to spread the Gospel. For some, their mission
field is local. For others, it is national. For others it is global. No one area is superior to
the others and the focus on one should not lead to the neglect of the others. All three areas work
together to advance the kingdom. This does not mean that all believers are called to full time
professional ministry, but rather to an authentic, intentional lifestyle that leads to opportunities to share the Gospel.
Romans 15:20-21, Acts 1:8, Matthew 24:14
We believe in relationship, not religion. In order to truly understand the needs (both spiritual and physical) of a person, family, village, or people group, you must live life with the people you are bringing the kingdom to. To accomplish this, short term missions should be a part of a longer term strategy.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Acts 18:2-4, Acts 16:12-15, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
We believe in indigenous leadership. The indigenous believer knows his people, language, and culture in ways we as outsiders can never understand. Often the indigenous believer has the desire and heart to reach his people, but lack in resources and education. Providing support and encouragement as well as discipleship and training provides the tools for the indigenous believer to have effective ministries of their own. The ultimate goal of this approach is self-sustaining, self-replicating demonstrations of the Great Commission that will continue without a persistent outside influence.
Romans 16:1-16, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 16:15-16, Philippians 4:2-3, Colossians 4:7-17
We believe in many voices sharing the Gospel in oneness. Partnering with churches and individuals provides an opportunity to learn of and learn more about Christ in a variety of ways and from a variety of backgrounds. Through testimony in words and actions, lives are touched that otherwise would be beyond our capabilities.
1 Corinthians 3:4-9, Philippians 4:3, 1 Corinthians 16:10-18, Colossians 4:7-13