Our Mission is to please God by creating a safe place for
hurting people to heal by:
1. Reaching Up [worship]: To celebrate and reflect on God’s
nature (who He is) and His works (what He has done). [Psalm 96:7-8; Revelation
5:12]. Our response in worship is to more deeply abide in Him and thus daily
live a more holy life [John 15:1-11].
2. Reaching Out [evangelism]: Whether locally or abroad to
testify to the Good News that eternal life is complete in Jesus Christ.[1 John
5:11-12; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; John 15:18-27].
3. Reaching Around [edification]: To love one another as
Christ loves us. In doing so we will encourage one another to know Christ
better, so that the body of Christ may be built up with the purpose of unity in
the faith, and in the knowledge of the Son of God and maturity in Him. [John
15:12-17; Ephesians 4:12-13; Colossians 3:15-17].
Declaration of Faith
We are convinced of and committed to the following basic
1. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (all 66
books) are the verbally inspired Word of God, are inerrant in the original
writings, are infallible in doctrine, and are the only standard and authority
for our belief and behavior. It is complete and is not to be supplemented or
supplanted by any other revelation. It is the Christian’s and Church’s final
authority. [Psalm 19:7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Jude 3].
2. There is but one living and true God, existing eternally
in three distinct persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is Spirit, over all
and through all, unchangeable, perfect in holiness and in love, infinite in
wisdom, and measureless in power. [Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19;
Exodus 3:14, 15:11; Isaiah 6:3; Nehemiah 9:6; Ephesians 4:6 ].
a. God the Father as the Eternal Creator orders and directs
everything according to His own purpose and pleasure. He is graciously and
mercifully involved with mankind. He hears and answers prayer; He has designed
and established the means of redemption. [John 5:19-24, 16:23-27; Ephesians
b. God the Son, Jesus Christ, is the eternal Son of God and
the virgin-born Son of Man. As true God and true man, His death is the permanent
sacrifice and payment for our sins. He was raised bodily and ascended into
Heaven. He presently intercedes for us as our High Priest. He is our Advocate
until His physical return to earth to establish His kingdom. [Matthew 1:18-25; 1
Corinthian’s 15:3-8, 12-28; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 7:23-28].
c. God the Holy Spirit has been active in creation, in the
inspiration and writing of the Old and New Testaments, Jesus' earthly ministry,
and in the work of salvation. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and
judgment. He gives new life to those who place faith in Christ's atoning death
and resurrection. He is the spiritual life of the believer, causing him to know
the indwelling of the risen Christ. He gives guidance and motivation for the
lifelong process of spiritual growth. [Genesis 1:2; John 16:7-15; 1 Corinthian’s
12:3,4,7 ff; Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Peter 1:20-21].
3. Satan was created a personal being by God, but through
pride rebelled against God, thus becoming the author of sin. He provoked the
fall of man and seeks constantly to counterfeit the works and truth of God. As
the archenemy of God, he is destined to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.
[Ezekiel 28: 14-15; Isaiah 14:12-16; Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 4:4;
Revelation 12:10, 20:10].
4. Man was created directly in the image of God (possessing
intellect, creativity, emotion, will, and spirit) to enjoy intimate relationship
with Him and to fulfill God's purpose on earth. Because of Adam’s disobedience
all people are sinners, by nature and practice, and are spiritually dead --
separated from God. Apart from Christ all individuals shall be forever separated
from God. [Genesis 1:26-27,2:7,3:1-24; Romans 1:18-32, 5:12, 6:23; Titus 3:5;
5. Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection paid the penalty for
our sins. All who confess their sin, repent and believe solely in Christ for
salvation are born again by the Holy Spirit and are made spiritually alive.
Those saved in Christ are the children of God eternally. They are empowered by
the Holy Spirit to practice righteous living and can enjoy an intimate
relationship with God through Christ. [John 1:12, 3:16, 14:16, 5:24; Romans
8:11; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:4-10; 1 John 1:1-10].
6. True believers in Jesus Christ belong to the universal
body of Christ, His Church, and are directed by God's Word to be baptized in
water (by immersion) as a profession of salvation and to become an active
participant in a local church community. Believers are to fellowship regularly
around the Lord's Table (Communion) as instructed in the Bible. The local church
is autonomous and is responsible to Christ as its head; however, it may join
other groups of believers for common ends. The Body of Christ is a community of
believer-priests who have direct access to God and perform ministries according
to their spiritual gifts. [Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41-47;1 Corinthians 11:23-24,
12-14; 2 Corinthians 8:1-19; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1
7. The Lord Jesus Christ will return physically, visibly, and
imminently for His church. After the tribulation He will come in glory with
believers to set up His millennial Kingdom upon the earth followed by an eternal
kingdom in a new heaven and earth. Believers are to be prepared for His return
at all times. Every human being will experience bodily resurrection. Believers
will appear in Heaven at the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive rewards and live
with God forever. Unbelievers will be judged at the Great White Throne and will
be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer eternally, separated from God forever.
[Acts 1:8-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; John 5:21-29: Matt 24; 1 Corinthians
3:10-15; Revelation 20:11-15].