The Church belongs to Jesus. He’s the boss. And He’s chosen to use the Church to be His visible presence on the earth: to be His hands, feet, and story teller.
This happens best when His people LOVE GOD, LIVE CONNECTED, SERVE ALL, and MULTIPLY ANOTHER.
Love God: We must worship God. To worship, we lead a lifestyle of seeing all that we do as an offering to God. We believe that our work and existence can (and should) be seen as our gift to the Father.
Live Connected: We must be connected to the Father in relationship: a living, breathing, dynamic relationship with the Creator through His son. It also means to be connected to His church and His people. The relationships are both vertical and horizontal.
Serve All: The best way we can show God’s love is by incarnating the principle of the Good Samaritan story. We meet the needs of those around us – whether they are a part of the Church or not and whether they look like us or not.
Multiply Another: Ultimately this means we are making Christ-followers: taking people from where they are in their spiritual journey to the next stop. This is the Great Commission.
God – God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Jesus Christ – Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
The Bible – The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
Humanity – People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This separates us from God.
Salvation – Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Eternal Security – Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose it.” Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
Eternity – People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.