Beliefs & Values
We are serious about Jesus and about the Kingdom mission that He began, but we don’t always
take ourselves too seriously! We have a great deal of fun along the way.
Our Worldview or belief system is best framed by the theological idea of The Kingdom of God.
In response to God’s Kingdom, we are moved to be disciples who make disciples; Jesus is our
leader and we are learning together to both follow Him and help others follow Him. As
disciples we are pursuing three main values: Intimate Worship, Life Together in Community,
and Missional Compassion.
1. GOD THE KING AND THE HOLY TRINITY
We believe God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power, and love. From all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,equal in power and glory.
2. GOD THE KING: THE CREATOR AND RULER OF ALL THINGS
We believe God's kingdom is everlasting. From His throne and through His Son-His eternal
Word-God created, upholds, and governs all that exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts,
the universe, the earth, every living thing and mankind. God created all things very good.
3. COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM: SATAN AND DEMONIC HOSTS
We believe that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of
angels with him. He was cast out of God's presence and, as a usurper of God's rule, established a
counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth.
4. THE KINGDOM IN THE CREATION OF MAN, THE FALL, AND THE DOCTRINE OF ORIGINAL SIN
We believe God created mankind in His own image, male and female, for relationship with
Himself and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from
grace, bringing sin, sickness, and God's judgment of death to the earth. Through the fall, Satan
and his demonic hosts gained access to God's good creation. Creation now experiences the
consequences and effects of Adam's original sin. Human beings are born in sin, subject to God's
judgment of Death and captive to Satan's kingdom of darkness.
5. GOD'S PROVIDENCE, KINGDOM LAW, AND COVENANTS
We believe God did not abandon His rule over the earth which He continues to uphold by
His providence. In order to bring redemption, God established covenants which revealed His
grace to sinful people. In the covenant with Abraham, God bound Himself to His people Israel,
promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations through
We believe that as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty acts from bondage in
Egypt and established His covenant through Moses, revealing His perfect will and our obligation
to fulfill it. The law's purpose is to order our fallen race and to make us conscious of our moral
responsibility. By the work of God's Spirit, it convicts us of our sin and God's righteous
judgment against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation.
We believe that when Israel rejected God's rule over her as King, God established the monarchy
in Israel and made an unconditional covenant with David, promising that his heir would restore
God's kingdom reign over His people as Messiah forever.
6. CHRIST THE MEDIATOR AND ETERNAL KING
We believe in the fullness of time, God honored His covenants with Israel and His prophetic
promises of salvation by sending His Son, Jesus, into the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary as fully God and fully man in one person, He is humanity as God
intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God's Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit,
inaugurating God's kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting
temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons and
raising the dead. Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted God's people as His Church to be the
instrument of His kingdom.
After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling
the covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In His sinless, perfect life, Jesus met the demands of
the law and in His atoning death on the cross He took God's judgment for sin which we deserve
as law-breakers. By His death on the cross, He also disarmed the demonic powers. The covenant
with David was fulfilled in Jesus' birth from David's house, His Messianic ministry, His glorious
resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven, and His present rule at the right hand of the
Father. As God's Son and David's heir, He is the eternal Messiah-King, advancing God's reign
throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today.
7. THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit was poured out in Power on the Church at Pentecost, baptizing
believers into the Body of Christ and releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them. The Spirit brings
the permanent indwelling presence of God to us for spiritual worship, personal sanctification,
building up the Church, gifting us for ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the
evangelization of the world through proclaiming and doing the words and works of Jesus.
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and He is our abiding
Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the present filling of the Holy Spirit, often a conscious experience, and in the exercise of all of the Biblical gifts of the Spirit. We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of the Spirit, for healing, and also for recognition and empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead the Church.
8. THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE
We believe the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy Scripture so that the Bible is
without error in the original manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New
Testaments as our final, absolute authority; the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
9. THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL OVER THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS
We believe the whole world is under the domination of Satan and all people are sinners
by nature and choice. All people are therefore under God's just judgment. Through the preaching
of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, God
regenerates, justifies, adopts, and sanctifies through Jesus by the Spirit, all who repent of their
sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Through this, they are released from Satan's
domain and enter into God's kingdom reign.
10. THE CHURCH: INSTRUMENT OF THE KINGDOM
We believe in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as
Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which
He is the head and of which we are all members.
11. BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the
Lord's Supper. Both are available to all believers.
12. THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE FINAL JUDGMENT
We believe God's kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church, and it will be consummated in the glorious, visible, and triumphant appearing of Christ - His return to the earth as King. After Christ returns to reign, He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment with the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all and His kingdom, rule, and reign, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, re-created by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells and in which He will forever be worshipped.