What We Believe

We Highly Value:

◦ Releasing justice in our city and global community.

◦ Responding to God in unceasing prayer and worship.

◦ Equipping God’s people, of all ages, to accomplish what He has designed us to do.

◦ Responding to one another with humility, gentleness and patience to build up a unified Body composed of very different members.

◦ Restoring to wholeness wounded and broken members of the Body.

◦ Following where Jesus leads, no matter what, come what may.

◦ Proclaiming the truth of God, no matter what the venue, audience or cost.

Statement of Faith

The Nature of God. There is one God, eternally existing and pre- existing, omniscient and omnipotent, who is the Source of all power, all truth and all things. God presents himself in three Persons who express in distinct ways his divine character: (Jn. 1:1, 1:14, Rom. 9:5, Phi 2:5-11, Col 2:9, Rev 1:8, 1:17, 22:16, 1 Cor. 8:6, 2 Cor. 13:14, Eph. 4:4-6)

The Father is the sovereign Lord of creation, the Master of the Universe, and sits enthroned in majesty in Heaven.

The Son, Jesus Christ, is eternally and fully both divine and human, is the Creator of the Universe, is the Image in which humans are created, and is first in the siblinghood of the Children of the Father. He was born in the flesh of a union between the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and made atonement for the sins of the human race by willingly submitting to undeserved execution. He then rose from the dead, was seen and attested by many, and subsequently ascended to Heaven where he now sits as King of kings at the right hand of the Father, judging the living and the dead and interceding for the saints.

The Holy Spirit dwells with and within the Saints. His role is to minister to the Saints by coming alongside as helper and friend. Through interpersonal relationship, the Holy Spirit comforts, guides, strengthens and empowers us.

The Revelation of God. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, inerrant in its original manuscripts. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2Tim 3:16-17, Rom 1:18-20, Deut 29:29, Rev 1:1, 22:18-19, Heb 1:1-3, 4:12, 1Th 2:13)

Personal Revelation. God reveals himself through personal interaction with his Children in many ways such as prophecy, dreams, waking visions, and words of knowledge, encouragement or confrontation. (Rom 1:20, 2:14-15, Psa 19:1-14, 2Pe 1:21, Joh 16:13, 2Pe 1:20-21)

Evil. Satan is a former angel who, before the inception of human history, rebelled against God and took a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work now to establish his counter- kingdom of darkness, evil, and unbelief on earth. (Isa. 14:10–17, Ezek. 28:11–19, Mt. 12:25–29, 25:41, Jn. 12:31, 16:11, Eph. 6:10–20, Col. 2:15, 2 Pet. 2:4, Jude 6, Rev. 12:7–9, 20:10)

Humanity. Human beings are created by God in His image, but were disobedient and thereby incurred physical death, and also spiritual death in the form of separation from God. Therefore all human beings are born with a sinful nature, guilty in thought, word, and deed, and apart from rebirth by the intervention of God are subject to eternal judgment. (Genesis 1:26,27, 3:1-24, Romans 3:25, 5:12-18, 1 John 1:8)

Gender, Marriage & Sexuality. Every human being is created by God in the form of one of two unique and distinct sexes, Male and Female. This distinction is biological, existing at the chromosomal level, and cannot be altered. Therefore we do not condone or support any attempt at other forms of sexual or gender identity, including but not limited to homosexuality, lesbianism, transgenderism or bisexuality. (Gen. 5:2, Gen. 1:27, Psalm 139:13, Jer. 1:5, Mar 10:6) Marriage is ordained by God as a life-long covenant between one biological Man and one biological Woman. The Church is charged with protecting and upholding God's original design for both singleness and marriage. Therefore we will not perform or support any other form of marriage. (Gen 2:24, Eph 5:31-32, Mt 19:6, 1 Cor 6:18, Heb 13:4, Jude 1:7)

Sexuality is a gift from God both for those who are married and for those who are called to be single. Sexual intercourse is an act of physical, emotional and spiritual union, and is therefore appropriate only in the context of marriage between one biological Man and one biological Woman. (1Co 6:9-10, Mat 5:28, 1Ti 1:9-10, Rom 1:24-27, Heb 13:4, Gen 2:24 Mat 19:4-6)

Sexual Immorality. Sexuality was designed by God to fulfill his creative Purpose, and therefore any form of sexual conduct or activity which is outside that design is sexual immorality.

Sanctity of Human Life. All humans are created in the image of God and are therefore sacred in the same way that God is. (Jer 1:5, Psalm 139:13-16, Psalm 127:3, Luke 12:6-7)

Salvation. Humankind is created in the image of God, but because of disobedience in the Garden of Eden is born into spiritual death and separation from God. Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. This takes place through individual repentance from sin and a commitment in faith to believe the promises of God. Salvation inaugurates a life-long process of transformation. (Isa.65:17ff. Luk. 14:14, Joh. 5:28-29, Act. 3:19-21, Act. 24:15, 1 Cor. 15, Th. 4:13-18, Rev. 20:5-6, 20:11-15, 21-22, Mar 1:15, Act 2:38, 11:18, 20:21)

Sacraments are symbolic acts which commemorate the intervention of God in the world, his nature, and his promises. (Mt. 26:26–29, 28:19, Rom. 6:3– 11, 1 Cor. 11:23–34, 1 Pet. 3:21)

Water Baptism is a once-for-all, individual, public declaration of allegiance to the Messiah Jesus, and is an outward sign of the inner miracle of regeneration enacted in us through salvation. (Act 2:41, 22:16, Joh 3:5, 1Pe 3:21, Mat 28:19, Rom 6:3-4, Col 2:12-13)

Communion is an on-going, public and private declaration of our membership in the Messiah's suffering and victory. The Bread and Cup symbolize Jesus' body and blood which were given for them and for us. (Mat 26:26-28, 1Co 10:16-17, 11:23-26, Act 2:42, Luk 22:19-20, Joh 6:53-58, Mar 14:22-25)

Prayer & Worship comprise the intentional discipline of carrying on an ongoing dialog, both personal and corporate, with God, and are essential to the Christian life. (Jas 4:8, 5:16-18, 1Ti 2:1, Phi 4:6, Eph 2:18, Luk 2:37, Mat 6:9- 13)

Intimacy with God and Justice, through worship and intercession based on His Word, is essential to the furthering of our healing and fuels our ministry to others. We must, therefore, offer Jesus Christ unceasing worship, while contending for justice – proclaiming the good news to the poor, binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming freedom for the captives, and contending for release from darkness for the prisoners. (Isa 61:1)

Gifts of the Spirit are those supernatural capacities which God grants by his own choice and for his own purposes to those who serve him. These Gifts include, but are not limited to, tongues, prophecy, healing, and miracles, and are intended by God for the blessing of the individual and/or for the enlightenment or building up of the Church. Any other use of these Gifts, such as for personal or corporate gain or prestige, are perversions of these Gifts. (Rom 12:6-8, 1Pe 4:10-11, 2Co 12:4-11, 2Ti 1:6-7, Rom 12:3-8, 1Co 12:7, 27-28, 13:1-2)