Doctrinal Statement

 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself

and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:16  (ESV)

Anyone familiar with historic Christian doctrine will

find that the statements below fall in the center of evangelical theology

("evangelical" means theology derived from the 'evangel,' or the

Gospel; in other words, it's biblical theology rather than speculative theology

rooted in man-made tradition). For the sake of unity, we try hard not to be

hard-nosed about matters on which Scripture is not clear, and we're not

dogmatic about matters where honest, Bible-based believers have held divergent


  • In ESSENTIAL beliefs, we have UNITY.
  • In NON-ESSENTIAL beliefs, we have DIVERSITY.
  • In ALL of our beliefs, we promote LOVE.

As a church we have no written doctrine or creed except for the Bible itself. However, in order to help people get to know us better, here's a summary of what we believe. . .

  • Orthodoxy: Right belief
  • Orthopathy: Right Passion
  • Orthopraxy: Right Practice

The Scriptures

The Bible is God’s Word to all mankind in all places and

times. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the

Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and

living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of

error. (Joh5:39;10:35; II Tim. 3:16-17; I Pet. 1:23-25; II Pet.1:20-21119:105, 160;Prov. 30:5).

The word is Trustworthy, reliable, and transformational.


God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists

eternally in trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal

and are one God. (Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19-20; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:18, 14:8-20; II Cor. 13:14; I Pet. 1:1-2; Jude 21).

He is a person, Real, transcendent, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal, loving, judge, Holy, present, and active.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the

Father. Born of a virgin. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered

Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross.

He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and

death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and is present and active and will return

again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is prophet, priest, and king.

(Matt. 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Cor. 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts

1:9-11; I Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13).

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God.

He is the supernatural agent in salvation, baptizing all Christians into the

universal church at conversion, indwelling and sealing them until the day of

Christ's return. He gives gifts and empowers the church to edify Christ and believers.

(John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; II Cor.3:6; I Cor. 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14;5:18).



God created us to be relational and marked us with an

identity as his image bearers and a missional calling to serve, care for, and

cultivate the earth. God created humans in his image to live in fellowship with

him, one another, our inner self, and creation. The enemy tempted the

first humans, and darkness and evil entered the story through human sin and are

now a part of the world. This devastating event resulted in our relationships

with God, others, ourselves, and creation being fractured and in desperate need

of redeeming. Gen. 3

Personal Salvation

All humans are sinful and in need of salvation. Man can

never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Salvation is a

free gift of God received through repentance from sin and faith in the person

and work of Jesus Christ. This salvation is expressed in a public confession,

baptism and participation in the church, the Body of Christ. (John 1:12, 3:16-18,

10:28; Rom. 10:9-13; Acts 2:41; Eph. 1:13-14; I Pet. 1:3-5).


Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper were initiated

by Christ and are intended for our participation in this age. They are,

however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. We encourage all members to

participate regularly at the Lord’s Table. Baptism signifies one’s

repentance from a life of sin (Acts 2:38). Baptism signifies one’s obedience to Christ (Matt. 28:19.20). Baptism

recognizes one’s union with Christ (Rom. 6:1-6). Baptism confesses the presence and need of God’s Spirit in one’s life (Acts 2:38; Acts 19:1-7). Baptism signifies one’s membership in the

church (I Cor. 12:13). Baptism is one’s public confession of faith (Acts 2:41). (Matt. 26:26-30, 28:19-20; Acts

2:37-41; 10:47-48; 20:7; I Cor. 11:23-32)

Church Government

We believe the government of the local church is carried out

by a plural eldership which is committed to serving the congregation. Their

primary function is the ministry of the Word and prayer. One of Jesus’ favorite

metaphors for spiritual leadership, one He often used to describe Himself, was

that of a shepherd—a person who tends God’s flock. A shepherd leads, feeds,

nurtures, comforts, corrects, and protects—responsibilities that belong to

every church leader. In fact, the word pastor means shepherd (Acts 20:28-30; Eph. 4:11-13; I Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17; Tit. 1:5-9; Acts 6:1-7; Hebrews13:17; I Pet. 5:1-4).

Church as Community

We believe in actively loving and caring for one another and,

as a church, we seek to channel our time, money, personal resources, and energy

into people. Consequently, before programs and facilities, we are interested in

a substantial ministry to people. In order to accomplish this, our church life

is simple and not highly structured. The Sunday morning meeting is informal

with emphasis on worship, prayer, teaching, and fellowship. Small groups meet

during the week to promote care, encouragement, and growth among believers (Acts 2:41-47, 4:32-35; Rom. 12:5;

Gal. 6:2; Eph.2:14-22; 4:1-2, 32; Col. 3:12-17; I Pet. 2:4-12)


 Non Denominational

Our church does not belong to any conference or denomination, and does not prescribe to any one denomination’s doctrinal statement, covenant, or constitution. Seeking the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, we wish to have association or fellowship with other groups of Christians or churches. We are open to opportunities for expressing our unity with the worldwide Body of Christ and working for His Kingdom (John 13:34-35; Eph. 4:1-6).

Creational and Salvational Mandate

The Creation Mandate (Gen. 1:27-30),

sometimes called the Cultural Mandate, means we are called to have dominion

over the earth as expressed in our civic responsibilities like earth keeping and

engineering. The Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20), sometimes called the New Creation Mandate, means that Christians are called to witness for Christ to the ends of the earth.


We believe in the hope that has always characterized the

church of Jesus Christ. All true Christians will be kept by God's power

forever. We look forward to the second coming of Christ, when He will judge all

people, and rule and reign with His saints forever. (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11;I Cor. 15:51-58; I Thess. 4:13-18; Tit. 2:13; Heb.9:27-28; I Pet.1:3-5; I John 2:19).