- December 23, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Our Core Values
- Knowing God deeply in his word
- Praying fervently for God’s purposes in the world.
- Making God known by spreading the gospel locally and globally.
- Fostering unity and building up the body through genuine community.
- Expressing a growing love for Jesus in a life of worship.
We believe that God is revealed in the world He created, in the Bible and most clearly in Jesus Christ. The Bible, all sixty-six Old and New Testament books, carries God’s full authority. (Psalm 19:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-2; John 17:17)
We believe that the Bible is without error as originally given and is completely trustworthy. Current standard translations of the Bible can be relied on as God’s instruction for the church and the world. (John 10:35b; Psalm 19:7; Matthew5:17-18)
We believe in God, the Supreme Being who is an infinite, personal spirit. God created and governs all things and is the only object of our worship. This one God has always existed in eternal relationship as three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each fully God, equal in power and glory, yet distinct in their functions with respect to humanity. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 4:24)
We believe that God the Father is the holy and loving Creator of all things. Unlimited in time, space, knowledge, and power, the Father has planned all that comes to pass. Although distinct from His creation, He is active in it. (Psalm 139:1-16;
1 Corinthians 8:6; John 5:17)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary, in order to redeem sinful people. He satisfied God’s holy and fair demands by dying as our substitute on the cross. He assured our salvation by His resurrection from the dead in the same body in which He was crucified. After His resurrection He ascended to Heaven, where He sits in highest honor at the right hand of the Father. As High Priest for His people, He serves as our Advocate before the Father. (John 1:1-2; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1John 2:1-2)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the transforming agent who effectively gives Christ’s new life to all who believe. He inducts them into the body of Christ (the Church), lives within all believers, guarantees their salvation and empowers them to live in holiness and love, serving God and His Church. (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14, Galatians 5:22-25)
We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God; that is, they are thinking, feeling, choosing beings. Through Adam’s disobedience we became alienated from God in our nature, acquired a destructive tendency to sin, and came under sin’s rightful death sentence. (Genesis 1:25-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God offered to all people by grace (kindness) and received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The genuineness of this faith is shown in actions pleasing to God. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:11-14)
We believe that all true believers, having been saved through faith in Christ, will be kept saved forever. (Romans 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-30; Philippians 1:6)
We believe that the Church, founded at Pentecost, is the body of Christ and the temple of the Holy Spirit, a spiritual community of all believers. Local gatherings of believers represent Christ’s presence on earth as they love one another and show Christ’s love to the world. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14)
We believe in the physical resurrection of the saved and the unsaved the saved to eternal fellowship with God, and the unsaved to conscious separation from God and eternal punishment. (Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:15, 22:3-5, 11)
We believe in one sovereign God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: he became man and was born of the Virgin Mary. For our sake he was crucified; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead: the righteous to live with him in eternity and the unrighteous to eternal punishment and conscious separation from God.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, our Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. We believe all Scripture is divinely authored by God; without error and completely trustworthy. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. To him be all glory, honor, and praise. Amen.