I. OUR CONVICTIONS
A. WE BELIEVE that there is One LIVING AND TRUE GOD, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.
B. WE BELIEVE that the SCRIPTURES of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired, without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.
C. WE BELIEVE in GOD THE FATHER, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
D. WE BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. We believe in His first coming Jesus inaugurated the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.
E. WE BELIEVE in the HOLY SPIRIT, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; we believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit.
F. WE BELIEVE that all MEN are sinners by nature and choice are therefore under condemnation, that God regenerates and baptizes by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
G. WE BELIEVE in the universal CHURCH, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.
H. WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ORDINANCES to the church; baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe in water baptism and communion open to all believers.
I. WE BELIEVE in the personal, visible, APPEARING OF CHRIST to earth and the consummation of His Kingdom; in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless suffering of the wicked.
K. WE BELIEVE in what is termed “THE APOSTLE’S CREED” as embodying fundamental facts of Christian faith, and endorse the historic orthodox creeds of the church.
II. OUR VALUES
A. We value THE PURSUIT OF GOD. We are hungry to know God’s presence, hear His voice and follow hard after Him.
B. We value CHRIST-LIKENESS. We desire that Jesus’ love, mercy, grace, truth, purity, power, and integrity shine through all that we do.
C. We value BEING SPIRIT-LED. We honor Jesus as our Head and the Holy Spirit as our counselor. We seek to be responsive to the Holy Spirit in life and ministry.
D. We value DISCIPLESHIP. We aim first to grow personally in the discipline of Christ and secondly to make disciples calling others into those same practices.
E. We value THE KINGDOM OF GOD. We aim to move in the signs of the present fulfillment of the Kingdom, invoking the Spirit’s powerful presence, ministering through the Spirit’s gifts, and see God heal and work wonders.
F. We value the MERCY OF GOD. We believe that all mercy is fundamental to all that God does in salvation. We, therefore, aim to extend mercy to one another and to all to whom we minister.
G. We value INTEGRITY. It is important to us to speak the truth, deal honestly, and live uprightly.
H. We value SERVANT LEADERSHIP. We believe that Christ has put significant leadershp authority in the hands of the pastor and his associates. We aim to exercise that authority with humility, selfessness, grace, care for the sheep and sincere desire to build up the Body of Christ.
I. We value UNITY. We are convinced that all who belong to Christ are one in His Body, the Church. We aim to maintain unity by honoring all who call on Jesus’ Name and by seeking reconciliation with all parts of the church.
J. We value COLLEGIATE RELATIONSHIP. We are honored by every person whom God adds to the church. We aim to work together to build the church through maintaining mutual respect, open communication, determined cooperation, and believing and speaking the best about each other.
K. We value REALITY. We aim to walk in the Spirit and see real supernatural works of God. We aim also to function on the natural plane doing pragmatic planning based on God’s leading and excellent, rational thinking.
L. We value SIMPLICITY. We wish to do nothing for “religious effect” but rather to operate in natural low key, “non-hype” patterns. We prefer to have fun while doing the ministry of Christ.
M. We value BEING CULTURE CURRENT. We reflect this through worship music that is of all styles. We aim to develop an atmosphere of ease and speak, act, and dress in ways which this generation can readily respond positively.
III. OUR PRIORITIES
1. We desire to worship God with all our hearts. We want Jesus at the center
as our Lord. We hunger for the fullness of the Spirit . . . His glory resting upon us!
2. We desire Spirit-enabled worship in a style that is intimate, dynamic, culture current and life changing.
1. We want to become a house of prayer for the nations (Mark 11:17).
2. We aim to “yoke-up” with the Holy Spirit in our praying (Romans 8:26, 27).
C. THE WORD
1. We want to hear the Word of God taught in a practical, inspiring way. We wish to hear God’s current prophetic Word in conjunction with it.
2. We aim to hear and obey God’s Word to us . . . to be “doers of the Word” who are transformed and becoming more like Jesus.
1. We are the family of God, one Body in Jesus Christ, joined together as brothers and sisters forever.
2. We seek to develop real, intimate, enabling friendships together, built on covenant love and faithfulness.
1. We believe that all Christians are called to serve Christ in the power of His Spirit, in ways that build up the local church.
2. We are called to:
Preach the Gospel of the Kingdom
Persuade men to repent and believe in Jesus
Heal the sick
Care for the poor and those in need
Counsel those who need God’s wisdom
Teach believers to follow Christ
Give to the work of Christ
Train Christians to serve the Lord
1. We believe that all Christians should be trained to “do the works of Christ”.
2. We are committed to the “show and tell” model of “on the job” training, in which trainees are introduced to doing ministry functions with trainers and then taught during and after the training experience.
3. We aim to provide training for all aspects of responsible Christian life and ministry.