Since 2005, our leaders have worked hard to form these values and help the church function in their pursuit. It has become our DNA.
- We affirm that the gospel is central to all of life.
- We dedicate ourselves to the grace virtue of Christ-like humility.
- We seek true Christian renewal and reformation (as opposed to external religious spirituality).
- We strive for true Christian acceptance of all people and reject religious, racial, economic, political and social sectarianism.
- We acknowledge our adoption into Christ-generated community.
- We commit ourselves to missional living.
- We are committed to bringing in social justice and mercy ministry.
- We are committed to training and education for the reformation and growth of family, church and society.
- We live in expectation that God, the Holy Spirit will move in our midst to accomplish His purposes.
This section is meant for those who have a general understanding of the theological differences those in the Christian faith have agreed and disagreed on.
In stating what we are not, we do not seek to attack those who disagree with us, but rather distinguish ourselves so that those considering joining our body are aware of who we are (mostly trying to be) albeit not perfectly.
- We are not liberals who embrace culture without discernment and compromise the distinctives of the gospel, but rather Christians who believe the truths of the Bible are eternal and therefore fitting for every time, place, and people.
- We are not fundamentalists who retreat from cultural involvement and transformation, but rather missionaries faithful both to the content of Scripture and context of ministry.
- We are not neo-Platonists. We do not separate sacred things from secular things. Christianity is not relegated to an area of one’s personal preference. We believe all that we do—we do for God, thus all things become sacred as they are redeemed.
- We are not isolationists , but rather we seek to partner with other Christians from various churches, denominations and organizations in reaching this city.
- We believe the Holy Spirit is alive and active in regeneration, empowerment and ongoing filling for the purposes of God in this world. We believe all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still available today, but not one of them in particular is required to give evidence of the baptism or filling of the Spirit. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We are not egalitarians, nor are we hierarchical, we are complementarian believing that men should head their homes and male elders should lead their churches with masculine love and service like Jesus Christ. Men and women are equal, but uniquely designed by God. We look to Scripture to determine qualifications for leadership positions. We do not universally prohibit women from serving in leadership capacities.
- We are not hyper-Calvinists who get mired down in secondary matters, but rather pray, evangelize, and do good works because we believe that the sovereign plan of God is accomplished through us, his people. Faithfulness to God requires we apply ourselves.
- We are not Open Theists and therefore we believe in the sovereignty and foreknowledge of God in all things.
- We are not religious relativists and therefore we believe there is no salvation apart from faith in Jesus Christ alone.
- We are not nationalists seeking improvement of one nation, but instead we are ambassadors of God’s kingdom which will consist of every tribe, tongue and nation bringing their unique gifts before Him.
- We are not moralists seeking to help people live good lives; instead we are gospel oriented and are pursuing freedom and redemption promised by Jesus in the gospel.
- We are not relativists and do gladly embrace Scripture as our highest authority above such things as culture, experience, philosophy, and other forms of revelation.
- We are not Universalists and we do believe that many people will spend eternity in the torments of hell as the Bible teaches.
- We are not naturalists and we do believe that Satan and demons are real enemies at work in this world though they are completely subject to God.
- We are not rationalists and we do believe that not everything can be known but that God calls us to live by faith and in tension with partial knowledge regarding many things.
- We are not connected to any one political party, but rather see strengthens and weaknesses in all political parties for the governing of our society.
- We are not evangelical feminists and we do believe that God reveals himself as a Father and is to be honored by the names he reveals to us without apology.
- We are not embarrassed by the bloody death of Jesus Christ and do believe he died as a substitute for the sins of his people in selfless love.
- We are not ashamed and do proclaim a loving gospel of grace which sounds like foolishness and offensiveness to the unrepentant while it saves multitudes with ears to hear good news.
- We are not polemicists who believe that it is our task to combat every false teaching, instead we are passionate about preserving the integrity of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- We are not dead. We love life and we love all that life has to offer. We believe in applying wisdom to situations and not drawing arbitrary moral lines. The freedom God has given us is a true freedom, and we enjoy it to his glory.
- We are not morose. We actually have a sense of humor and we love life.
- We are definitely not perfect. We are broken sinners that strongly believe that we can help make our city a better place for all peoples.