WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS.
WE LIFT GOD
We believe that we are to lift God through prayer and worship.
WE LIFT LIFE
We believe that we are to live a life of freedom and executing God's mission through the gifts he has given to us.
WE LIFT OTHERS
We believe that we are to be generous and serve others in our community and world.
OUR CORE VALUES:
JESUS IS OUR FOCUS.
We believe that the church’s primary focus should be to reach people far from God and to teach people how to follow Jesus. As a church, we choose to make much of Jesus. We believe that the church is built on Jesus, by Jesus, and for Jesus, therefore the focus should be on Him. Jesus is the focus of the messages we preach, the songs we sing, and the prayers we pray. We focus on Jesus because we believe that if people see Jesus for who He is then they will be captured by his beauty and compelled to devote their life to knowing and following him.
THE CHURCH IS OUR MISSION.
We believe that the Church is the hope of the world. Jesus gave his life for the church, He is building the church, and we get the amazing honor to join His mission. We love the church, not just our church, but also the capital “C” Church. We celebrate other churches. We believe that other churches in our city are our partners not our competitors. We love, serve, build, and defend the church at all cost.
THE CITY IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
We believe that the city has been entrusted to us. God has placed us strategically in the middle of the beauty and brokenness of the city to make it better and brighter. We have a deep conviction that if it’s our city then it’s our responsibility. The city doesn't exist for the church; the church exists for the city. We take responsibility for our city by seeking the peace and prosperity of the city. We aggressively seek to know and meet the needs of our city in practical ways. We believe that if we take care of our city, God will take care of our church. We love our city.
Jeremiah 29:7, Mark 12:30-31
PEOPLE ARE OUR PASSION.
We believe that people matter to God and so they should matter to us. People are our greatest asset. We value people. We celebrate people. We invest in people. We care for people. We extend grace to people. We love all people regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic background. We believe that if we love the people nobody wants that God will give us the people everybody wants. We prioritize people over policy every single time. People are not projects but precious to God and to us.
SERVING IS OUR CALLING.
We believe that every person has a calling and that calling is to use their life to serve others. Serving others is one of the most fulfilling parts of the Christian life. We are contributors not just consumers. Jesus modeled serving. He said that the very reason He came to earth was to serve and give His life for others. He said the greatest among us is a servant. We believe that anyone can be great because anyone can serve. We believe that if you're too big to serve, you're too small to lead. We believe that if serving is beneath you, then leading is beyond you. We believe saved people serve people. Every Christ follower is called to follow Christ example of serving. Serving isn't an option but a lifestyle.
1 Peter 4:10, Matthew 23:11, Mark 10:35
GIVING IS OUR PRIVILEGE.
We believe that Christians should be known as the most generous people on the planet. We believe that Christians should give cheerfully, regularly, and sacrificially. We believe that as Christians we should live with open hands always ready to give and receive. We believe that giving should be with no strings attached. We believe that the greatest motivation for generosity is not based on a law but based on the generosity that has been shown to us through Jesus Christ. We believe in the tithe and the offerings. The tithe is a simple way to show God that He is first in our lives. The tithe feeds the house and the offerings build the house. We believe that the tithe should be motivated by grace instead of guilt. Our church is not built on the generosity of a few but on the sacrifice and generosity of many. We believe the church should save aggressively, spend wisely, and give generously. Giving is not an obligation but a joyful opportunity.
Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 11:24-26, 2 Corinthians 8 & 9
EXCELLENCE IS OUR STANDARD.
We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people. We believe that the most excellent message deserves the most excellent presentation. We believe that excellence is about doing little things in a big way. God is into the details and so we are into details. We are passionate about creating excellent environments and experiences for people to encounter God. We believe that God is worthy of excellence and people are worth it. We hold a high standard of excellence for every area of our church.
Colossians 3:23-24, Daniel 6:3, 1 Kings 10
THE LOST ARE OUR PRIORITY.
We believe that the lost are God’s top priority and therefore the lost should be the highest priority of our church. Our church desires to equip the insider, but not at the expense of disengaging the outsider. We build our weekend services with the lost in mind. We are committed to do anything short of sin to reach the lost for Jesus. We are a reaching church, a rescuing church, an inviting church, a welcoming church, and a “do whatever it takes” church because that's what Jesus did for us.
Luke 15, Luke 19:10
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35).
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).
JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible’s lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
- Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48).
- The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
- Marriage: We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God (Matthew 19:4-6).
- Healing of the Sick: Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
GOD'S WILL FOR PROVISION
It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.
- Spiritual (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10) Mental and Emotional (II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
- Physical (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24).
- Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).
- RESURRECTION Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)