We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit to the glory of God. We believe that cultural renewal and transformation of society will come as a by-product of this God-exalting end.
We believe that the church is to be marked by twelve characteristics. These are defined by the teaching of the Scripture regarding their definition and application.
Biblical Evangelism - People come into the church because they have heard the full biblical message of the gospel and have responded in repentance and faith. These biblically-converted people then continue to share the gospel with the lost in a lifestyle of evangelism
Biblical Discipleship - Members of the church intentionally invest in one another's lives to grow to maturity in Jesus Christ. This discipleship is characterized by transformed hearts, minds, affections, wills, relationships, and purpose, all in keeping with the Word of God.
Biblical Membership - Our members consist only of people who give credible evidence of repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and who have been baptized as believers. Biblical church members are committed to one another to assemble faithfully together with one another and to be the body of Christ to one another.
Biblical Leadership - The Bible recognizes two types of the leaders in the church. Pastors/Elders/overseers and deacons. In the New Testament the first three terms are interchangeable and refer to the same office. The qualifications are listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Deacons are servants of the church whose qualifications are listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. They are chosen as needed to perform tasks which free the pastors to devote themselves to the ministry of the Word and prayer.
Biblical Preaching and Teaching - Such teaching is central to the weekly gatherings of the church, and it consists of the exposition and application of the text of Scripture. We regard the Bible as the supreme controlling authority over all that we believe and do, and the life of our church is saturated with faithful Bible teaching. We hold to the inspiration, inerrancy, authority, sufficiency, and clarity of Scripture. We interpret each text responsibly in context, according to the norms of grammatical/historical interpretation.
Biblical Ordinances of Baptism and Lord's Supper - Baptism is the immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and is only administered to those who give credible evidence that they are born-again believers in Jesus Christ. All believers are expected to be baptized. We celebrate the Lord's supper regularly in remembrance of the sinless life and substitutionary death of Jesus. We display the gospel in this way until His return.
Biblical Worship - We offer to God worship that is acceptable to Him according to His Word, with reverence, awe, and joy. We sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs whose content is saturated with Biblical truth. Our church's worship includes the public reading of Scripture, the testimonies of God's people, giving, preaching, and prayer. Providence may also call for times of corporate fasting.
Biblical Fellowship - Our members love, encourage, build up, care, serve, and bear the burdens of each other. We strive to be kind to each other, to forgive, teach, admonish, exhort, and stir up one another to love and good works. We are involved in each others lives and know eachother well enough to be fruitfully involved in one another's discipleship.
Biblical Prayer - We pray both privately and corporately. In our prayers we worship God, confess sin, ask God to provide for our needs and others, and we yield ourselves to God. We pray fervently and frequently.
Biblical Accountability and Discipline - We hold one another accountable for our obedience to the Word of God, and our pastors watch over the flock that has been entrusted to them. When necessary, the church exercises discipline according to the instructions given in Scripture, always praying and laboring for restoration of the erring brother or sister.
Biblical Giving - Members of the church give freely of their resources for the support of those who teach them the word, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the advance of the gospel around the world. We strive to be self-sustaining.
Biblical Mission - Not only are we organized to share the gospel and make disciples locally, but we also exist to take the gospel to the nations. Our members demonstrate the goodness of God in their works of mercy while declaring the gospel to the lost.