We Believe

All believers Labels are dangerous, and sometimes helpful.  Basically, we stand in the historic stream of classic Christian belief. You might define and align us as "conservative in theology, hoping to be liberal in love".   (But "conservative" in theology?? What does that mean?  Stay tuned) When asked if we are evangelical or charismatic, it is tempting to answer with a smile and a "yes." This phrase implies a Christ-centered openness to the Holy Spirit, while not "requiring" that all attenders move in the more "dramatic" spiritual gifts.

  Some say, "Hey, you guys are an emerging church!" Or a "postmodern sensitive" church.  Well, we sure appreciate a lot about those "movements,"  but actually we just do what we believe we're called to do and see where it lands.  No category will perfectly capture us.  If by "emerging," you imagine we keep the room dark except for candles...well, no.  We are not old enough to use matches responsibly; so on the rare occasion we dim the lights and light candles, we just borrow a lighter from one of our guitar players(:

Here below are three (we like 3s) versions of our statement of faith, from simple to summary to complete. By the time you're done, you will realize that though we are strongly evangelical (dictionary definition is dynamite: "Emphasizing salvation by faith through the atoning death of Jesus Christ through personal conversion, the authority of Scripture, and the primacy of relationship over ritual.") and Trinitarian (Webster got it right: "Believing in the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as three Persons in one Godhead"), there are some areas we believe God has given us a special calling and emphasis. And some of our focus and vision--though based on the below foundational beliefs--is not specifically mentioned here, but can be found by clicking HERE (Smile when you click..theology is fun!).

Bug SprayThough we hardly see our beliefs as controversial , unique or new (God forbid!), some would differ with our views on spiritual gifts, for example, wishing we had said less. Some would wish for a more specific view on the details of the end times, for example, wishing we had said more. What can we say? We love everybody, but we are who we are. As a wise man said centuries ago (even before George Fulp was born): "In the essentials, unity; in nonessentials liberty, in all things charity." [modern paraphrase: "There are some beliefs worth dying for if God wills it; there are some things we can agree to disagree about (though some see these as areas to kill for), and in some areas we oughta just chill out and reach the world for Jesus. We would rather lower heaven than raise hell over 'minor' differences!"] 
1. SIMPLY SPOKEN, We believe:

A. There is a God!

B. I am not Him

C. (Oh, by the way..neither are you! Click here and find out Who is.)

2. IN SUMMARY, We believe and receive:

A. The God-breathed accuracy and authority of the Scriptures.

B. Salvation through acceptance of the risen Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

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Growing in Christ's Spirit, and in that Power, blessing and reaching our neighborhood, city and world for Jesus.

3. COMPLETE STATEMENT OF FAITH:

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We believe the Bible--(both testaments) to be the inspired, infallible, accurate and authoritative Word of God.


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We believe there is one God, never-changing and ever-existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


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We believe in the full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ , His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His death and bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.


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We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, being born again by the Holy Spirit through a personal receiving of Jesus Christ is essential. There is no other means of salvation than Christ. Though God wills all to be saved, and all are invited into salvation, some will unfortunately be lost.


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We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the born-again Christian is enabled to live a holy and empowered life; in all the biblical gifts of the Spirit, used as the Word directs, and toward the goal of our living in the biblical fruit of the Spirit.


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We are saved, kept and live by God's grace, and though we know nothing good dwells inherently in ourselves or our works, we are called to realize and act on our grace-identity as saved and forgiven saints of dignity, value and worth. We are called to take initiative by God's initiative.


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We believe in the spiritual unity of all born-again believers, and that the central tasks of the church are the Great Commandment (to love God with heart, soul. mind and strength) and the Great Commission (to make disciples of all nations); all of this bathed in expectant prayer for the renewal and awakening of the church of Jesus Christ; and the salvation , healing and harvest of the world through a vital relationship with Jesus Christ.

(Note: Like many ministries, we have based our statement on the National Association of Evangelicals Statem ent of Faith , though we have adapted it some. Also: since we connect with the Grace Covenant network of churches, we direct you to their Statement of Faith (which we obviously hold to and use) by clicking HERE (once, with feeling).

THANKS FOR VISITING OUR "WE BELIEVE" PAGE.

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