DNA makes every individual unique. A church's DNA can be found in her Core Values:
- Simple and clear plan for discipleship and spiritual growth
Ephesians 4:12-13-- "To prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature."
- Planting churches– expanding God's kingdom locally and globally
Matthew 28:19-20 – "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
- Authentic and accepting of people where they are in life and helping them
Psalm 51:17 – "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise".
- Meeting in each other's homes in true community
Acts 2:46-47-- "They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
Colossians 1:18-19 – "And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him."
- Authority of scripture
2 Timothy 3:16-17-- "All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
- Reaching families and helping them grow together spiritually
Psalm 78:2-4- "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things from old- what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us, we will not hide them from their children, we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders he has done."
- Seeker sensitive and culturally relevant environment
Colossians 4:5-6 – "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."
WHAT WE BELIEVE
- About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal and are one God. (see Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22, Psalms 90:2, 1 Peter 1:2, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- About Mankind
We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character and to be the supreme object of God's creation. Although all people have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates us from God. (see Genesis 1:27, Psalms 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2)
- About the Father
The Father is the equal to the Son and the Holy Spirit as God. He is all-powerful, all knowing, all loving and all wise. Because of sin we cannot have a relationship with the Father except through Jesus Christ. It is His will that all of us know Him and love Him intimately as our "Daddy." It is His will that we should desire God to occur in our lives and the lives of others. (see Matthew 6:9-10, John 14:6-11, John 10:27-30, Romans 8:15-16, 1 John 2:1-3, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6)
- About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the only son born of God. He is equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit as God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the only perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into Heaven's glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings. (see Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, 1 Corithians 15:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13)
- About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (see 2 Corithians 3:17, John 16:7-13, 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corithians 2:12, 3:16, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:8)
- About the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has given gifts to all believers for the purpose of equipping them to accomplish God's plans. The variety of spiritual gifts is still given to believers today. Every believer is to exercise his or her spiritual gifts for the purpose of serving God and others. According to Scripture, we are not to exercise the gift of tongues in corporate worship unless there is an interpreter. (see 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:11-16, Romans 12:3-8, 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 14)
- About the Bible
The Bible is God's "How To" manual for life. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. (see 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 1:13, Psalms 119:105, 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)
- About Prayer
Prayer is spending time talking to God and listening to God; either as individuals or as a church. Through prayer we praise God, confess our sins, thank Him for His blessings , and ask for help for others and ourselves. We are called to spend time daily with the Lord in prayer that we may be encouraged by His love and challenged to do His will. Through prayer, the Holy Spirit speaks to us and we are able to see God do miracles and answer prayers. (see Mark 1:35, James 5:16, 1 John 1:9, Acts 2:42, Colossians 4:2-4, Philippians 4:6)
- About Salvation and Eternity
Salvation is a gift from God that is given to a person upon their belief in Jesus Christ because of Jesus' sacirfice on the cross. Because God gives eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation is for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the person, but Jesus reminds us that he who stands to the end will be saved. It is, therefore, the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. God's desire is that everyone will spend eternity in Heaven with Him. We will either exist in union with God through forgiveness and salvation or we will be eternally separated from God by sin. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places of existence. (see John 3:16, John 2:25, John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15, Matthew 1:8, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 2:44-46, John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14, 1 Peter 1:3-5, Matthew 10:22)
- About Baptism
Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is commanded as our public testimony that we have decided to live for Christ and it should follow soon after our salvation. (see above section on Salvation) In keeping with the example of Christ, we baptize by immersion. (see Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 1:17-18, Colossians 2:12, Galatians 3:26-27, Matthew 6:9-10, John 14:6, John 10:27-30, John 14:6-11, Romans 8:15-16, 1 John 3:1-3)