The Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God.
We teach using the whole counsel of the Bible, and we are committed to applying it as Truth in every area of life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
Our methods take the culture in which we live into consideration, and thus, they evolve; but the message remains the same. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Excellence honors God and inspires people!
When we present Christ and His cause, it demands our best. (Colossians 3:17)
Each generation matters to God, and a church that has every generation is very blessed.
A healthy church knows the importance of reaching the younger generation, especially children & youth. (Acts 2:17, Matthew 19:14)
Everyone experiences the presence of God in different ways. Though style and other preferences are subjective, each person makes a choice of whether or not to pursue God. (John 4:23)
God shows Himself in three distinct & strategic persons or natures…God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit.
This is not three Gods…this is ONE God, with three unique roles. This “One God in three persons” concept is called the Trinity. (Genesis 1:1-2, 26, Luke 3:21-22, John 10:30, Matthew 28:19-20)
The Holy Spirit’s ultimate ambition is to point people back to Jesus.
Jesus said in John 14, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by Me.”, and then He talked about the Spirit saying, “He will testify about me” (John 15:26) and “He will glorify me” (John 16:7-15).
The Holy Spirit is God’s active force in our world today.
The Holy Spirit is the presence of God we interact with each day. In addition to the main idea of pointing people back to Jesus, the Holy Spirit convicts (John 16:8-11), illuminates (John 16:12-15), teaches (John 16:12-15), guides (Romans 8:14), assures (Romans 8:16), intercedes (Romans 8:26), directs (Acts 20:22), and warns (Acts 20:23).
There are many gifts of the Spirit the Bible talks about, and one of the more commonly known is speaking in tongues. (1 Corinthians 12-14)
While we believe speaking in tongues is scriptural and important, the point of the Holy Spirit is not to speak in tongues…the point of the Spirit is to live empowered. The goal of a Spirit-led church is not to have people speaking in tongues…the goal of a Spirit-led church is to be empowered corporately because people are living empowered individually! (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:14-41)
We are a Pentecostal church…but we are also a Protestant, Trinitarian, & Evangelical church.
Some churches so-emphasize their 100 year old Pentecostal heritage that they de-emphasize their 500 year old Protestant, 1,600 year old Trinitarian, and 300 year old Evangelical heritage. The roots of our church reach deep into all four heritages…the Holy Spirit is the architect & inspiration for each of these and every biblically-based movement. To be “Pentecostal” is to live Spirit-empowered, pointing people back to Jesus…and to be a “Pentecostal” church is to do the same. Baptism in the Spirit isn’t the zenith of God’s work in us…it’s more of a launching.
God uses people to grow us, and He uses us to grow people.
We believe that singleness for a season or lifetime is not something less than or missing God’s best for your life.
As we saw demonstrated by Jesus and the Apostle Paul, God calls some to singleness and His blessing and favor follow those who dedicate their lives to being used by God for His glory in their singleness. (1 Corinthians 7:8-9)
We believe marriage is a God designed and God ordained covenant between a man and a woman.
Marriage is a gift to be enjoyed and a tool used to refine us and make us look more like Christ. (Genesis 2:18-24)(Matthew 19:4-6)
Gratitude should be felt and expressed.
Unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude…unexpressed gratitude creates a deficit in me and around me. (Colossians 3:17)
Generosity is about love and giving without expecting anything in return.
The attitude of generosity is love, and the key to love is selflessness. The action of generosity is giving, and the key to giving is openhandedness. (2nd Corinthians 9:11-12, Matthew 5:48b) Your time, your talent, and your treasure…these are the greatest resources that God has entrusted you! Generosity can be and should be practiced whoever you are and however you find yourself. Finally, the attitude and action of generosity is rooted in Biblical Stewardship…which begins with tithing. (Malachi 3:8-10, Numbers 18:24 & 26, 2nd Chronicles 31:5, 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8.
Honor is focusing the attention on someone else through inward esteem and outward expression, privately and publicly.
We must discover and call attention to people that should be honored. (Romans 12:9-10, 13:7)
We believe that it is the job of the pastor to train and equip the people in the church to do the work of the Lord.
Every believer is called to ministry, in the church and in the community. (Ephesians 4:12)
We are passionate about seeing people step into the full potential of who God created them to be.
Full devotion to Christ and His cause, of which there is no greater, is necessary for the believer. (Matthew 6:33, Philippians 2:1-11)
We believe investing in future leaders in future locations is the most effective way to reach people in different neighborhoods and communities.
Rather than just one site getting bigger & bigger, we are passionate about a network stretching wider…we feel this is the healthiest method to church growth. (Acts 2:41-47, 13:1, 14:23, 15:41)
The parent-church model is most effective for planting new churches.
With the heart of a parent, our model identifies called & anointed leaders and then invests in them…and they in us…a family, better together.
Lost people matter to God and therefore ought to matter to us!
Everyone has captured God’s heart (John 3:16). We are to be God’s representatives in the world. (Luke 15) (Matthew 28:19-20)
Evangelism is primarily a relational process.
People are brought to Christ primarily through a relationship they have with a Christian and a church. (Luke 7:34)