In a nutshell, we’re an independent, autonomous, Christian, Jesus-loving kind of church that loves and welcomes everyone, and we strive to be a life-giving, refreshing experience for you regardless of your church background. Our mission is to connect your story to God’s story so He can take your story to new heights. Although our style of music and preaching may be a little different than you’re used to, we do believe in and maintain a conservative theological position. When you visit one of our church services, you’ll experience a modern and contemporary worship experience. Below you’ll find our major tenants of faith and our core values that shape our church culture.
God wrote a book to tell His story. The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has existed in relationship for all eternity. He exists as one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
We’re His sons and daughters. God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
God became man. Jesus Christ was completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for connecting people to a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could pay the penalty for humanity, who went against God and broke His laws. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have eternal life and a better life here on Earth; that’s what we call “taking a story to new heights”.
God is always with us. His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts to build His Church, and empowers us to overcome temptation and say no to sin. He perfects us and makes us more like Christ.
There is an afterlife. Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in relationship with God by forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
We were made to reflect God. Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
The only way. The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people believe in their hearts and confess with their mouth that Jesus is their Savior. Salvation is a gift from God that must be accepted, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts. The natural effect of salvation is a daily desire and decision to turn from sin and live life according to the Bible’s instructions and in a way that pleases God.
God’s design for community. The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of the Bible and Jesus Christ, obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring God’s story to the world. As the hope of the World, the Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. The responsibility to care and steward the Church is placed on every believer. We’re to assume our God-given role, and contribute our time, talent, treasure and touch to God’s House. In this, the Church prevails against the powers of Hell and darkness, and provides a healing place for a hurting world.