Our Mission: Love God by Loving Others
Loving God...We are here because God first loved us through Jesus Christ, therefore our first priority is to love God back with the love he loved us with first.
Loving Others...Christ taught us to love one another, to love our neighbor, and to love our enemies. That kind of love comes not from within, but from God. We share God’s love though acts of service, sharing the gospel, acts of mercy and justice to our community and our world.
Loving You...The love of God is personal. We see each person as a child of God whom we are called to love- just as you are. We value each individual as uniquely created and gifted for God’s purposes and seek to nurture your growth into the person God calls you to be.
Grace & Acceptance: None of us are perfect, all of us have sinned and fallen short of loving God and each other and, therefore we strive to be a nurturing community of faith in which all persons are welcome.
Transparency: Because of what Christ has done for us, we see no need to pretend to be anything other than who we are. We seek to speak the greatest truth of love and avoid thinking too highly of ourselves.Our goal is to create a space where people can be open and vulnerable without being frowned upon or judged.
Loving Care: We walk together in love as brothers and sisters in Christ; exercising Christian care and concern for each other; sharing each other's joys, and bearing each other's burdens and sorrows.
Ministry: At the center of the Christian faith is the notion that God is love. Jesus – who is the visible image of the invisible God – exemplified this love by laying his life down for the sake of others. Jesus taught us that there are two commandments that stand out above the rest: love God and love people. This is why we are committed to loving our community, because following the path of Jesus means following the path of love. As a church, we want to be an answer to Jesus’ prayer: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Loving our community isn’t just a part of what we do, it’s the heart of everything we do. We exist for this purpose.
Generosity: All that we have comes from God. We also seek to be a generous community in regards to theology, service, love, finances and diversity. We seek to make generous space for all to come and follow Jesus together.
Unity in Diversity: There is intrinsic value in every person. Biblical unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in the light of the wide-ranging differences in personalities, cultures, races, languages, talents, and perspectives. Finding unity and mutual love in Christ eliminates devaluation and deprivation of life to one another.
Soul Freedom – We believe in the priesthood of all believers. We affirm the freedom and responsibility of every person to relate directly to God without the imposition of creed or the control of clergy or government.
Bible Freedom – We believe in the authority of Scripture. We believe the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, is central to the life of the individual and the church. We affirm the freedom and right of every Christian to interpret and apply Scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Church Freedom – We believe in the autonomy of every local church. We believe churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their beliefs, membership and leadership. Every church seeks to follow Christ in the affairs of worship, service and teachings. The church as the body of Christ will seek to be a welcoming place to learn about Jesus, worship God and love our neighbor.
Religious Freedom – The freedom OF religion, freedom FOR religion, and freedom FROM religion, insisting that Caesar is not Christ, and Christ is not Caesar.
In essentials, we have unity and in nonessentials we have liberty and in all our beliefs we have charity.
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
We 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.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.