The basis for our teaching is the Bible, with special emphasis on communicating that you matter to God. People matter to God.
We are passionate about reaching out to people, especially those people who are anti-church and anti-Christian. And we are passionate about demonstrating how the church and Christianity are relevant for life today!
“If the Bible is relevant,” says Pastor Scott Slocum, “and it is – and if God is relevant, and He is – then the Church had better be relevant (and isn’t always)!”
The basis for our teaching is the Bible, with special emphasis on communicating that…
- You matter to God. People matter to God. He desires that none should perish.
- You need strong relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ — for encouragement, support, sharpening and accountability.
- Each Christian must learn how to cultivate his or her own walk with Christ through daily spiritual disciplines.
- Every believer has gifts to be utilized in service to the Body — you should identify your gifts, begin to use them and develop them to their full potential.
- You only have one life to live — there is no greater adventure than the life of faith.
The church exists for the purposes of exaltation, edification, and evangelization.
The church exists for Christ, as we return God's love. (See Romans 15:6-9, Ephesians 1:5,6,22,23 and Philippians. 2:8-10.)
The church's highest calling is to exalt and glorify God. This exaltation begins with the recognition that all that we have, all that we see, and all that we are belongs to Him. He is not just our Savior, but our Lord, demanding our complete surrender and deepest intent to do what is right and follow in His steps. We exist to bring honor to His name!
The church exists for itself, as we receive God's love. (See Ephesians 4:11-16 and I Corinthians 12:11-14.)
The Bible repeatedly compares the church to a body. As a body has many parts, performing different roles, so the church will have many people using different gifts. A key purpose of the church is to see people's lives changed so as to grow in our commitment to follow Christ and grow in our commitment to one another in the body of Christ. The church is made up of many individuals bonded in Christ and working together to teach, learn, train, disciple, evangelize and care for others in the love of Christ.
The church exists for others, as we share God's love. (See Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-48 and Acts 1:8.)
Christ's last command is our first concern! His last command is "Go and make disciples...". One of our highest priorities is to communicate, by the most effective means possible, the love and forgiveness of Christ. Though each believer is an individual, with individual gifts, talents, and vocations, each is to be a witness for Christ as part of his everyday lifestyle. God's forgiveness through Christ is extended to all without prejudice, and is communicated by the genuine concern, love, and care of the believer for those around us.
Our church is a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA), an evangelical denomination with a major emphasis on world evangelization. It encourages believers of diverse backgrounds and theological traditions to unite in an alliance to know and exalt Jesus Christ and to complete His Great Commission.
With churches in every state of the Union, the denomination totals about 350,000 believers in nearly 2,000 churches. One quarter of these congregations is intercultural in character, attracting immigrants and minority groups with strong cultural heritages. Services are conducted each Sunday in 19 languages. Affiliated institutions include four colleges, a seminary, a publishing house, four retirement centers and two development/investment organizations.
What We Believe
We believe that the Bible is the very word of God, written, inerrant in the original writings,
and therefore constitutes the supreme and final authority in the matters of faith and life.
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, subsisting in three persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that these three are eternally co-existent and equal in essence and attributes, yet distinct in person, office, and activity.
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His vicarious and atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His future personal and visible return to the earth in power and glory.
We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice, and that salvation is received only through faith in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that this salvation is a gift of God, not depending in any way upon any merit which one might seek to achieve by his own works.
We believe that the Church consists of all those who believe in Jesus Christ. This is the Church Universal, the Body of Christ. We believe that the local church is a body of believers in Christ, who are joined together for the purpose of worship, the mutual strengthening of one another in the Faith, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to all the earth.
We believe that Christ committed to the local church two ordinances, Believer's Baptism by immersion, and the Lord's Supper.
We believe in the resurrection of the body, both of the believing and of the unbelieving. The believer having been redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ, to be forever with Him in glory. The unbeliever having died impenitent and unreconciled to God, to be forever separated from the Lord.