Our Beliefs & Philosophy of Ministry
The Bible says a lot of things. When approached in its historical and cultural context, much of it seem clear. When it comes to these things we take a “closed-handed” approach. These are the things we will hang on to and if you don’t hang on to the same, maybe we aren’t a good fit. There are other things in the Bible where there is room for discussion and exploration when it comes to how we apply it. With these things we have an “open-handed” approach. These are the things we can both let go of and still walk together behind Jesus.
The following is a list of theological (what we believe about God) positions and philosophical (how we are called to serve people and teach them about Jesus) models that are mostly closed-handed topics unless otherwise noted.
If you have a question about something that is (or isn’t) here, we’d love to hear from you and talk about it. In addition, be sure to read through the FAQ.
Belief: We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant and authoritative Word of God. We believe the Bible is the final authority in every area it addresses for every individual Christian, as well as for the church collectively (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; John 10:35). Philosophy: We believe consecutive expositional preaching and teaching through books of the Bible should be central to the life of the local church; that by it God’s people might understand His will, submit to His authority and find vitality in His truth.
We believe there is one God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that all things were created by Him and for Him (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:21-22; Matthew 28:19; Colossians 1:16).
We believe that God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. That He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life (for He was without sin), died a substitutionary death for all mankind, was raised from the dead the third day, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are made His footstool (John 1:1; 14, Matthew 1:18-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 10:12-13).
Belief: We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells and seals believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He empowers them to live as His witnesses. We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture are available to and active in His church today (John 14:16-17; John 16:7-11; Titus 3:5-6; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10-11). Philosophy: We are Continuationists.
Belief: We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them sinless, equal in value, dignity and worth. According to His purpose and design, God created them to fulfill distinct but complementary roles in the contexts of marriage, family and the local church (Genesis 1:26-28; Ephesians 5:22-6:4; 1 Timothy 3:1-7). Philosophy: We are Complementarian.
Sin & Salvation
We believe that, as a result of the Fall, all people are sinners by nature and in need of a Savior, and that Jesus Christ is the one and only Savior of the world. That salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Him. We believe that all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved eternally (Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:18-19; Matthew 1:21; 1 John 4:14; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9).
We believe there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. We believe that each local congregation is an expression of that universal church. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Revelation 5:9; Acts 2:42-47).
We believe in a literal return of Jesus Christ to the earth for the consummation of God’s redemptive plan (Jude 1:14; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:4).
We believe in the resurrection of the dead. Believers will be raised to life and unbelievers to shame and everlasting contempt (hell) (Daniel 12:2; John 5:25-29; Revelation 21:1-22:5).
We are Premillennial
We believe in the premillennial return of Christ to the earth, to sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire cosmos, forever (Revelation 20:1-6; Luke 1:31-33; Isaiah 9:6-7). (Closed-handed for leadership, open-handed for fellowship.)
We are Cross-centered
Philosophy: We believe Christian preaching, discipleship and church planting efforts should be cross-centered, always exalting in and working from the implications of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
We seek to be Culturally Flexible
Philosophy: We believe biblically faithful ministry requires presenting the unchanging gospel message in terms and methods that overcome cultural and social barriers to understanding.
We seek to have a Collaborative Attitude
Philosophy: We believe the church is bigger than any one particular church movement, denomination or church. Valuing God’s work and wisdom through the worldwide body of Christ, we seeks to partner with churches and leaders with similar “open and closed handed” theological and ministry convictions.