Mission and Beliefs

Our Mission

Inviting you to follow Jesus to make a difference in your world.

[IS THIS INTERNAL?] Our mission reflects our desire to focus on “invitation” as one of our core values. We want to keep inviting everyone to begin and grow in a relationship with Jesus. We also want this to be a mission statement that both expresses our calling as a church and gives language to how God wants to use each of us individually to invite the people in our lives to experience his love. Finally, our mission statement seeks to express our belief that the most natural result of following Jesus is serving him. The forgiveness and new life we receive for Jesus should lead us to loving actions and make a difference in our personal lives, the family and community closest to us, and even around the world.

What We Believe

God (The Trinity)

We believe in one God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are equal in every divine perfection and execute distinct but harmonious work in creation, sustaining and caring for the world, and redemption. (Ephesians 4:4–6, 1 Peter 1:2a)

The Father

We believe in God the Father, creator of heaven and earth, who is perfect in holiness, power, wisdom, knowledge, and love. He concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of every person, hears and answers prayer, and saves everyone from sin and death who comes to him through Jesus. (Genesis 1:1, Ephesians 1:3-6)

Jesus

We believe in Jesus, the Father’s one and only Son. He was fully God and fully man, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and willingly died on the cross to atone for the sins of the world. He was resurrected and ascended into heaven, where he intercedes for his people until his personal return to earth. (John 1:1-5, 14, Philippians 2:6-8, Acts 1:9-11, Hebrews 1:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)

The Holy Spirit

THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is wholly God and sent by the Father to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. The Holy Spirit comforts, empowers, guides, and gives life to every believer. It is through the Holy Spirit’s power and presence that we are able to live for God and be his witnesses. (John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:9-11)

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is fully inspired by God, without error in the original manuscripts, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Sin and Salvation

We believe that all people are sinful and need God’s forgiveness. We believe that Jesus, who himself will preside over the final judgement of all people, also provided a means for their salvation through his death and resurrection. Those who choose not to follow Jesus will be separated from God forever, while those who make a decision to accept Jesus’ forgiveness and leadership will be saved by grace and receive eternal life with God. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, John 3:16)

The Church

We believe that Jesus is the head of the universal Church and all believing people are members. The local church exists for the purposes of worshiping God, observing the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper (communion) and baptism of believers by immersion, encouraging spiritual growth, accountability, evangelism, and service. (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

Christian Living

We believe everyone who follows Jesus should devote their lives to actively loving God and loving others. They should strive to be faithful to God’s ways as revealed in Scripture, be wise stewards of their possessions, gifts, and abilities, sacrificially love people as Jesus does, and work together to experience the rich and meaningful life God intends for all of humanity. (Mark 12:29-31, John 10:10)