We believe that the Holy Bible (the Scriptures) is the complete and inerrant Word of God in all literary forms, in all points of view, and in all generations throughout. It is the ultimate intellectual source breathed out by the Holy Spirit into the lives of those that write out the text in the original Greek and Hebrew texts.
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe in the One true and living God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. According to what we see in the Scriptures, God is all-present, all-knowing, and all-powerful. He is also holy, which means being different from what we experience in society. From the evidence about Him in the Scriptures, He is worthy of all our worship.
We believe that God is not really a force but an actual personal being. Like human beings, God has an intellect, a conscience, emotions, and a spirit, but unlike human beings, He is not dependent on anything.
"...for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,..." (Isaiah 46:9b-c)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the One who was sent into the world to take upon Him the sins of the world to the point of crucifixion. He did this as it was necessary for a sacrifice to be made to completely satisfy the wrath of God.
Jesus did not stay dead but was risen to life after being laid in the grave for 3 days. He is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God and will one day be returning as a conquering King to bring His church to the new heavens and the new earth and the unrepentant to everlasting judgment in hell.
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross." (Colossians 1:15-20)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the One sent by Christ the Son to be our Helper, our Comforter, and our courage as we seek to live for the glory of God. Many songs mention the consistent invitation to "fall afresh" on us. Although the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit comes into the life of the Christian once and for all, such a line is used to allow the Spirit to work in our lives. In fact, there are times when we do not feel His presence, yet He is still there with us.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:15-17)
We believe that God is the ultimate Creator of the whole universe, from the celestial bodies in outer space to the microscopic organisms that we cannot see, and that God created mankind in His own image, in two specific natural genders: male and female.
MANKIND & SINFUL NATURE
We believe that mankind is created in the image of God. The unfortunate reality is that sin has invaded each person's life, completely distorting each person's conscience to the point which they cannot line up with God's holy and perfect standards. People have tried to make their own ways to God, but to no avail. Throughout history, billions of people have not acknowledged the one true God and have turned to man-made gods and goddesses. Jesus Christ, being conceived of by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, was the only one to have never sinned in His life.
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[g] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things." (Romans 1:18-23)
We believe that salvation is found through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and that the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the grant of spiritual gifts comes at that moment. Although the Book of James emphasizes that faith without works is dead, it actually means that faith is a seed that is expected to grow and bear spiritual fruit as a tree sprouts from that seed and bears its own fruit.
"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:1-5)
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone, but that salvation results in that newly-saved believer receiving a new identity in Christ. The old self (before salvation) disappears, and the new self comes into existence through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. By this transformation, the person who receives faith in Christ receives adoption into the family of God
"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free[b]from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus." (Romans 6:1-11)
"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God." (Galatians 4:4-7)
We believe that the Church is founded upon Jesus Christ himself and that it is also the Bride of Christ. Those that have been saved by faith in Jesus Christ are what the Church consists of. Individual church plants are just part of the universal Church. Jesus promises that His church will be protected so that those of the world will not be able to diminish it in any way.
"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)
We believe that pastors and elders are formally defined as those that have authority on a human level over the rest of the church and have special qualifications by which they must abide. Many believe that each one is a pastor, but only to emphasize that the Bible calls on the body of believers to build each other up. We also believe that only men can be elders. This is not to deny women's rights, but to emphasize that women have different roles from men. Women are permitted to teach to an all-female group and to young children, but not to mixed congregations. Women can lead an entire worship service, give announcements, share a testimony, or pray publically in the context of a mixed congregation (under the supervision of an elder) since there is little to no doctrinal teaching involved.
THE FINAL DAYS
We believe that Jesus is coming back to this earth on a day that we will not expect His return. Those who have received Him as Lord and Saviour will be brought into eternal life with Him and those who have rejected Him will be cast into eternal punishment in hell.
LAWS & COMMANDMENTS
We believe that the two commandments that Jesus gives as the Great Commandment are the over-arching standard for all Christian activity, including abiding by the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20. Jesus promises that if we love Him we would keep His commandment to love God with all heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love others as we love ourselves. It is not by our own strength that we can keep the commandments but by the uplifting power of the Holy Spirit that we can abide by them.
"And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever" (John 14:15-16)
We believe that worship is an essential part of the Christian life in this present age and into eternity. The Psalms are the traditional Old Testament hymns of praise to God, and they encourage us to give praise to Him for all that He is and all that He has done.
We believe that worship itself is a lifestyle for the Christian life, although most people understand it as gathering on Sundays. Many of our partners are passionate about corporate worship but they also believe that their personal worship takes place much more.
We believe that both traditional forms and contemporary forms of worship line up with the teachings of Scripture.
We believe that the Bible commands us to sing to God a new song, and for the number of times that command is stated in the song, we support partnering songwriters and we try to write our own songs as well. We believe that the purpose of this command is to refresh our minds with the same truth of the Bible but with new melodies and harmonies in order to focus on theology.
We believe that orchestral sounds help to enhance the dynamics and timbre of the live worship setting, not to make church services "the best show in town." Our goal is to not help churches gain better artistic attraction but to help lead the body of Christ into worship in spirit and truth. Our products are geared to be suited for any congregation of any size to prevent distractions that would draw their attention away from God.