presents the all-glorious, triune God as the source and end of all things (Romans 11:36), sovereignly working all things
according to His will (Ephesians 1:11). At the
center of God’s purposes in the world is the exaltation of His glory through
the redemption of sinners (John 17:1–26). To this end, we believe that
God sovereignly chooses men and women to be saved in order to display His
immeasurable grace and glory (Ephesians 1:3–6; Romans 9:11). God’s sovereign grace in
salvation humbles us, fills us with gratitude, and compels us to worship Him
and share the message of His grace to all people.
DOCTRINE AND PREACHING
believe that the gospel—the good news of God’s saving activity in Jesus
Christ—is the pinnacle of His redemptive acts (Ephesians 1:9–12), the center of the Bible’s
story (Luke 24:44–47), and the
essential message for our faith, life, and witness (1 Corinthians 15:3–11).
We are committed to preaching the gospel, singing the gospel, praying the
gospel, and building our churches upon the gospel (2 Timothy 4:2; Colossians 3:16; Matthew 16:18). Our ultimate hope in all that
we do is not our plans and labors, but the perfect life, substitutionary death,
victorious resurrection, and glorious ascension of Jesus Christ.
the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, God’s purpose to dwell among
His people entered a new era (Exodus 33:14–16; Leviticus 26:12; John 14:16–17; Acts 2:14–21). We believe the Holy Spirit
desires to continually fill each believer with increased power for Christian
life and witness, including the giving of His supernatural gifts for the
building up of the church and for various works of ministry in the world (Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:16–18; 1 Corinthians 12:4–7).
We are eager to pursue God’s active presence in all its breadth, that Christ
may be magnified in our lives, in the church, and among the nations (Psalm 105:4; 1 Corinthians 14:1; Ephesians 2:22).
LEADERSHIP IN THE HOME AND IN THE CHURCH
believe it was God’s glorious plan to create men and women in His image, giving
them equal dignity and value in His sight, while appointing differing and
complementary roles for them within the home and the church (Genesis 1:26–28; Ephesians 5:22–33; 1 Timothy 2:8–15). Because these roles give
different expressions to God’s image in humanity, they should be valued and
pursued in joy and faith. As the redeemed community of God, the church has a
unique opportunity and responsibility to celebrate this complementarity, to
contend for it against cultural hostility, and to protect it from sinful
AND ELDER-LED CHURCHES
Christ reigns as head over His church, and He gives to His church elders (or
pastors) to govern and lead local churches under His authority (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:11; Titus 1:5). We believe that men, qualified by
both character and gifting, are to serve as elders, shepherding God’s people as
under-shepherds of Christ (1 Timothy 2:12; 3:1–7; 1 Peter 5:1–3). A church’s health is to a
great degree dependent on the health of its elders, and so our aim is to
strengthen the current elders in our churches while identifying and training
new ones (Acts 20:28; 2 Timothy 2:2).
PLANTING, OUTREACH, AND GLOBAL MISSIONS
gospel-centrality entails not only treasuring the gospel personally but sharing
it passionately. The risen Christ commissioned His church to make disciples of
all nations (Matthew 28:18–20). We
believe that commission falls to us and to all believers, and that it is
fulfilled in a primary way through church planting, whereby the gospel is proclaimed
and converts are formed into communities of disciples (Acts 2:21–47; 14:23). We are eager to pursue this mission,
relying fully on the Holy Spirit, to see the gospel proclaimed and churches
planted throughout the world, that God may be glorified among every tribe,
language, people, and nation (Revelation 7:9–12).
7. UNITED IN
FELLOWSHIP, MISSION, AND GOVERNANCE
believe that the unity for which Jesus prayed among His people should find
concrete expression among believers and churches. Indeed, the New Testament
testifies to a vibrant interdependence among churches in the first century (John 17:20–21; Acts 16:4–5; 1 Corinthians 11:16; Galatians 2:7–10).