“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
We carry the greatest message ever shared. A message that provides forgiveness, hope, and freedom. A message that has the ability to change everything about someone’s life. A message that gives people a purpose to make a difference in others lives.
The Gospel of Jesus will always be at the heart of everything we do and that good news inspires the hope that we carry into the world.
We believe hope is found in relationship with Jesus. This hope inspires and shapes how we build relationships with others.
We fight for relationships because of our unity found in Christ.
This Jesus life is about growth, and we understand that Jesus leads that growth as we foster relationship with Him.
We choose to see the potential in others, just as Jesus does. People should be seen, valued, and pursued.
We seek to intentionally teach others how to know and follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus, and be on mission with Jesus.
We Are The Place Hope Lives.
We stand in unity on these essential beliefs.
JESUS THE SON
Jesus Christ is entirely human and entirely God. He was born of a virgin mother as the Son of God, whose purpose was to bring God’s people back into a relationship with Him. He lived a perfect, sinless life so that He could take our place in God’s request for perfect righteousness. His resurrection defeated death and gives us the opportunity to have a new life.
Isaiah 7:14; 53 Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6 Luke 22:70; 24:46-47 John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5 Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56 Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4 1 Corinthians 8:6 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 Gal 4:4-5 Philippians 2:5-11 Colossians 1:15; 2:9 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16
GOD THE FATHER
God is our Heavenly Father. He is great, all-knowing, all-powerful, omni-present, unchanging, faithful, and above all, Holy. God is good. We depend on Him for all that we have and all that we are, and we can trust Him to be faithful to the promises He makes to His people.
Exodus 3:14 Numbers 23:19 Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2 Psalm 11:4-6 Malachi 3:6 John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1 Acts 17:28 Romans 3:3-4
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit lives inside all believers. It’s presence guides, convicts, comforts, equips, and assures us of our relationship with God. He leads us into all truth and makes us more like Jesus Christ.
Mark 1:10 Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12 John 15:26; 16:7-14 Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2 Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27 1 Corinthians 3:16 Ephesians 1:13-14 2 Peter 1:2 Revelation 22:17
God created mankind in His image and as the masterpiece of His creation. Mankind was intended to have an unbridled relationship with God but became separated from Him through sinful disobedience. As a result, mankind cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort, thus presenting the need for Jesus. Each person is uniquely created, called to a meaningful purpose, and perfectly loved and forgiven by God through Jesus.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3 Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5 Isaiah 6:5 Jeremiah 17:5 Acts 17:26-31 Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22 Ephesians 2 Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11
SALVATION & LIFE
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts. It secures our eternity and begins a new life as a new creation.
Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6 Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32 John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24 Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31 Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6 1 Corinthians 1:18 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 Galatians 2:20; 3:13 Ephesians 2:8-10 Philippians 2:12-13 Hebrews 9:24-28 Revelation 3:20
The Church is a local community of believers unified through faith in Jesus. It is committed to teaching the commands of Jesus, equipping individuals with the necessary tools to obey God, and empowering them to share the Gospel with the world. It is God’s plan for hope to be restored in people and in communities.
Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20 Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12 Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32 Colossians 1:18; 3:15 1 Timothy 4:14 1 Peter 5:1-4 Revelation 21:2-3
The Bible is the recorded Word of God to all people. It was written by people under the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The original written books and letters are inspired by God, true, without error, and relevant and applicable to our lives today.
Matthew 22:29 John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17 Romans 15:4 2 Timothy 3:15-17 Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12 1 Peter 1:25 2 Peter 3:16
Because God gives eternal life through Jesus Christ, believers are secure in their salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by a Christian’s self-effort. It is the grace and eternal power of God that gives this security. We are assured of our salvation based on the character of God who can never lie.
John 10:29 2 Timothy 1:12 Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 10:10-14 1 Peter 1:3-5
We believe that there are essential and non-essential theological beliefs to our saving faith. Our primary beliefs are essential and align our unity as the Church. Some other beliefs are important, but not essential. In these beliefs, we have liberty and choose not to divide, but instead, show love and humility to those we disagree with. Theological Position Paper.