Pursuing Jesus Together
God designed the local church to be a loving community that centers around his glory. John 1:14 says, “And the Word [Jesus] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The glory of God is displayed in Jesus himself, and as Christ-followers, our desire is that we would flourish in knowing, loving and honoring him. This passion for Christ shapes everything we do and compels us to proclaim the message of God’s sacrificial love in both words and actions. We exist as a church to pursue Jesus together.
For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:8-11
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:12-14
The Authority of the Scriptures
The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us, and it is our foundation for all we believe and do. Our earnest intent is that we seek God through the pages of the Word and then submit to what the Scriptures teach. Through teaching, preaching, counseling, fellowship and discipleship, our goal is to point people to the glory of God as revealed in His unchanging Word.
The Centrality of the Gospel
We behold the glory of God through seeing and savoring our mediator, Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Whether we are studying the Old or New Testament, all stories point to God’s redemptive plan in the Messiah, Jesus. God’s glory through Jesus is the main theme of the Scriptures, a believer’s life, and this church family. As we see more of Jesus’ glory, we believe we will be changed from one degree of glory to another.
Spirit Empowered Prayer
Biblical prayer is the power of God at work in His children through the Spirit to confess our weakness, God’s strength, and our belief that He desires to work His sovereign will through the prayers of His children. As a church family, we believe that God calls His children to pray individually and corporately, recognizing that God delights in answering prayers on the basis of Jesus’ glory.
Local and Global Missions
Through prayer, giving, and training, we seek to mobilize individuals, our church family, other local churches and Christian organizations around the globe in our mission to spread Christ’s fame through the whole world as disciple-making disciples – reaching the lost with the good news of eternal hope in Jesus.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper are gracious ordinances that Jesus has given to the church to celebrate until He returns. Through the practice of believer’s baptism and also the Lord’s Supper, we visibly remind ourselves of the steadfast hope we have in Christ. Jesus is the One who saves and strengthens us, and not we ourselves.
We strive to minister God’s love by repairing the broken by the power of the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus. We yearn to demonstrate this longsuffering grace through our church culture and in our lives in a way that is transparent, real, and helpful. Our aim is Christ-likeness as we live together as the community of God’s redeemed.
Within the framework of our church’s core beliefs, we value an atmosphere of theological freedom with humility and a non-divisive spirit. Our desire is to reflect the power of the gospel in unifying diverse people around God’s glory in the face of Jesus by the work of the Spirit.