What We Believe

Core VALUES

The central focus of our faith is the Cross of Jesus Christ and the gift of forgiveness and righteousness He freely purchased for us. The benefit of His work is the confident promise of the Holy Spirit’s anointing and power on our lives and the freedom to be in a relationship with God as our Father – all in a context of grace alone and never based on performance.  We adhere to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith as expressed in the Westminster Confession. The Core Values express those doctrines in a practical application.

Called to be Sons of God
The Gospel is God’s power for salvation (Romans 1:16-17). It is not just the beginning point for entering into a relationship with God, but it is the way to address every problem and the means for growth at every step.

The heart of the Gospel is this message:
“Christ became sin for us, in order that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”
(2 Corinthians 5:21)

"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12-13)

 "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, 'Abba! Father!' The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:14-17)

The Establishment of God’s Justice and Mercy on Earth
The people of God are called to work out their love and obedience to Him through a commitment to do justice and love mercy. God’s expectation for us to be an expression of His kingdom reign among the nations of the earth, especially caring for the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the immigrant.

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." (James 1:27)

"Learn to do good;
seek justice,
    correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
    plead the widow's cause." (Isaiah 1:17)

"The Lord watches over the sojourners;
    he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
    but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin."  (Psalm 146:9)

"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
    maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked." (Psalm 82:3-4)
Reflecting the Trinity in the Body of Christ
God has the commitment to fulfill the work of His salvation through the Body of Christ working together through teams, with a gracious and Sovereignly distributed diversity of gifts. The fundamental issues of Team Ministry are rooted in believing the Gospel and building ministry out of prayer.

"For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, 'Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, 'Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,' that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body."
(1 Corinthians 12:14-19)

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved." (Acts 2:42-47)


The Bringing Together of All People Under One Head: Jesus Christ
Jesus said “I pray…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you…I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one.”  (John 17:20-22)

God’s plan from Genesis to Revelation is for His people to be reconciled in Christ Jesus from every nation, ethnic group, and social-economic background.

"After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'” (Revelation 7:9-10)

Confidence in God’s Covenantal Commitment to Us
The Scriptures contain constant promises for God’s people. The covenantal context of the promises and their focus around the Gospel of the Kingdom enables sinful, sometimes disbelieving people to appropriate the promises by a faith that is focused on the trustworthiness of God, not on the strength or purity of the believer’s faith.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever....
 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. " (John 14:15, 18-20)



God’s Power Revealed in Human Weakness
God is committed to advancing the work of His Kingdom and Church by deliberately leading us into places of humility and human weakness. The historical patterns of the Bible show how God wants us to embrace our weakness and learn humility in order that the glory of His salvation may shine more powerfully.

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." (Philippians 2:3-8)

"He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
   and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed."
(Isaiah 53:3-5)


God’s Prescription for Maturing Our Faith
Closely related to weakness and humility, God uses trials to sanctify us, and fully equip us to do His will in any and every circumstance. Broad Scriptural patterns show God’s people the practical necessity of counting “it all joy whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2).

 "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." (James 1:12)

"In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7)