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Our Beliefs

Below are TEN DOCTRINAL DISTINCTIVES that are the backbone of who we are. A complete statement of faith is available by request.                                        

1. We are a TRUTH-DRIVEN church.

We believe the Bible is God's Word, inerrant in the original manuscripts, and the final authority on all matters of faith and practice and any other subject on which it touches. We believe in the absolute and exclusive truth claims of Scripture because God's Word is Truth. We believe in preaching, teaching, living by, and contending for the truth of God's Word. Therefore, we saturate our ministry with Scripture because God's Word is the means through which the Spirit builds the church by saving sinners and growing them in God's grace.

2. We are a GOD-CENTERED church.

We believe God is God-centered and works all things according to the counsel of His will for His glory. We believe God is supremely joyful in the glory of His triune Self (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). We believe we were created for His glory and to find ultimate joy in His glory. We believe at salvation the regenerate sinner begins to taste and see God's glory and rejoices in the hope of enjoying God's glory forever. Therefore, we focus our ministry on the glory of God and being a God-centered church because God-centered believers glorify God.

3. We are a CHRIST-EXALTING church.

We believe Jesus Christ is supreme in all things because He is God the Son, the creating and sustaining Lord of all, and the Head of the  Church.  We believe Christ is the God-man who lived a life of perfect righteousness, died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice, raised up from the dead for our justification, and ascended to heaven to intercede for us as our Great High Priest. We believe Jesus is the exclusive Savior:  the only way, the only truth, the only life, the only path to the Father, the only Name by which men may be saved. Therefore, in our ministry, we proclaim the supremacy of Jesus Christ in all things and we treasure Him above all else.

4. We are a SPIRIT-DEPENDENT church.

We believe the Holy Spirit effectually calls and imparts new life to sinners so that the spiritually blind see the the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ and believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We believe the Spirit indwells believers, guarantees their final salvation, assures them of their adoption, opens their hearts to embrace biblical truth, produces fruit in their lives, enables them to be killing sin, and helps them to pray. We believe the Spirit sovereignly bestows gifts upon the church for the building up of the Body and the good of others. Therefore, we desire the Holy Spirit's presence and power in our ministry from worship services to Body life to individual lives so that we pray according to God's will, minister by His strength, worship in His truth, grow by His Word, and live by His power.

5. We are a GOSPEL-LIVING church.

We believe the gospel is the power of God to save and sanctify sinners. We believe we should lovingly proclaim the gospel to all people with the assurance that God will sovereignly call His own to salvation as He pleases. We believe the gospel enables us to live God-pleasing lives powered by grace and not by performance. We believe the heart of the gospel includes the substitutionary death by Christ on the cross for our sins and the perfect righteousness of Christ imputed to us by God so that we have a right standing before God forever. We believe the practical outworkings of the gospel enable us to live lives free of guilt, debt, and sin's domination. Therefore, in our ministry, we will explore and extol the glories of the cross so that we live by the grace of the gospel.

6. We are a GRACE-LOVING church.

We believe God is glorified by the display of His grace. We believe salvation is entirely of God's grace in that the Father purposed the means and objects of salvation from eternity, the Son accomplished the work of salvation on the cross, and the Spirit draws totally depraved sinners to Christ. We believe that believers live under grace. We believe grace is not a license to sin, but rather, grace empowers us to obey God's Word. We believe in helping each other to overcome sin; but even more so, we believe in pointing out the evidences of God's grace in people's lives and encouraging them to grow in His grace. We believe we are to cultivate humility in our lives by realizing we have no merit in ourselves and by relying fully on God's grace. Therefore, we desire, acknowledge, and cherish God's grace in our ministry.

7. We are a JOY-PURSUING church.

We believe the chief end of God is to glorify God by enjoying Himself forever. We believe the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. We believe Scripture commands us to find joy and true happiness in God. We believe we were created with a deep longing that can be only truly satisifed by God. We believe unregenerate man rejects the all-satisfying God and seeks other things to admire that are much less satisfying than God Himself. Therefore, in this ministry, we will spread and pursue joy in God with all our might because He is the greatest pleasure and the forever-satisfying delight of our souls.

8. We are a SCRIPTURE-OBEYING church.

We believe God's Word is sufficient in all things pertaining to life and godliness. We believe we are to obey Scripture for Jesus told us to observe all that He commanded. We believe that by following Scripture we are transformed more fully into the image of Christ. We believe the Bible clearly teaches on many subjects including the complementarian view of manhood and womanhood; male leadership in the church; the sanctity of life; heterosexual marriage; and elder-led, deacon-served, congregationally-governed church government. We believe Scripture calls us to be holy as God is holy, to be distinct in this world as exiles awaiting a better country, and yet to be salt and light on this earth. Therefore, we submit to God's Word and joyfully follow its commands by the power of grace.

9. We are a PEOPLE-ENCOURAGING church.

We believe a hallmark of a genuine believer is love for one another. We believe the body of Christ is built up by speaking the truth in love. We believe we are to encourage each other in the Christian walk and bear one another's burdens. We believe true biblical love and encouragement does not overlook sin but is demonstrated by praying for and helping one another overcome sin in the spirit of humility and forgiveness. We believe in selfless service for the good of others. Therefore, we are committed to encouraging one another in biblical truth and love.

10. We are a HOPE-EMBRACING church.

We believe we have a rock-solid hope in Jesus Christ. We believe biblical hope is far greater than earthly hope because the object of our hope is God and all that he is for us in Christ. We believe the promises of Scripture are precious and exceedingly great. We believe God's promises are certain to be fulfilled because God never fails. We believe the greatest hope is the hope of glory in which we will experience, extol, and enjoy the glory of God forever. Therefore, we love to emphasize hope, knowing that those in Christ have a hope that will never disappoint.