We help one another follow Jesus1 as faithful disciples2 by moving toward God in worship, toward one another in community, and toward the world on mission.
We hold the Bible to be the Word of God3, and therefore submit4 ourselves to the authority of the Word, properly interpreted and understood within historic orthodoxy.
We are an evangelical church, affirming the centrality of the gospel of Jesus5 to all of our faith and practice. All of us have sinned6, and have thereby brought death upon ourselves, and have distanced ourselves from God. On the cross, Jesus our Messiah took our sin upon himself7. In his death and resurrection, we are reconciled with God8. We receive God’s forgiveness and enter into eternal life through simple trust in Jesus9.
We are an elder-led10 church. A board of qualified11 men and women serve together as elders to oversee, shepherd, and govern the church.
We are missional to the core, setting aside 20% of our budget toward missions – from our neighborhoods to the ends of the earth. We see racial reconciliation12 as an essential aspect of missions.
We believe the ministry of the Word and prayer13 to be foundational to all that we do, as did the early church.
We hold to a traditional view on marriage14, which is a covenant before God between a man and a woman.
We affirm that the historic Apostles’ Creed contains the essential doctrines of our faith:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic15 Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
1 Matthew 4.19; 16.24; 19.21
2 Matthew 28.19-20
3 1 Thessalonians 2.13
4 Hebrews 4.12
5 Romans 1.16
6 Romans 3.23
7 1 Peter 2.24-25
8 Romans 5.8-11
9 Acts 16.30-31
10 1 Peter 5.1-5
11 1 Tim 3.1-7; Titus 1.5-9
12 Ephesians 2.11-22; 2 Corinthians 5.18-19
13 Acts 6.4
14 Matthew 19.4-6
15 “catholic,” in this context, refers to all those who belong to Jesus – the church universal, so to speak