What We Believe

Values & Outcomes

Our Values

WORSHIP

We believe that everything needs to flow out of a love for God.

GOSPEL

We believe the New Testament gospel is the center of life, fellowship, and spiritual growth.

COMMUNITY

We believe that God has called believers to experience life together in loving, relational community.

MISSION

We believe that Christ’s Church, and every individual in the Church, has a God-designed purpose on the earth to build up one another, and reach the lost.

FAMILY

We believe that the family is the core of healthy church and society and that “God sets the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6).

Our Beliefs

ELDERSHIP

We believe that the Bible teaches that local churches should be governed by a council of elders (Acts 14:23), and that no one man should have absolute authority. This means that Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of the Church! Elders share in authority, administration, and ministry, though we do embrace the concept of “first among equals” as one elder may be the primary teacher and visionary. This is why Derek Levendusky is called our “lead pastor.” Elders are called to teach doctrine, administer the sacraments, and be active in matters of church discipline. We do not believe it is within the rights of elders to command the consciences of the flock in areas of Christian liberty (financial giving, alcohol, secular entertainment, etc.). Elders are called to be of exemplary character, model servant leadership, and model godly homes.

REFORMED THEOLOGY

“Reformed” is a short way of saying that we embrace the basic theological tenets that were taught in what church history calls “The Reformation” of 1500-1800’s. Though our allegiance is to Scripture and ultimately no man, we believe that the reformed theological system best describes what the Scriptures teach. We believe that God is sovereign over His creation, and nothing happens outside of His plans. We believe that man is dead and depraved, and needs to depend fully upon the grace of God for salvation and sanctification. We believe that God is the hero of the Scriptures and of every believer’s salvation. We believe that we are justified by faith, Christ is the center, the cross is sufficient, grace is the answer, faith alone is the requirement, and God’s glory is the goal. We believe the fruit of reformed theology is victory over sin, praise, comfort, evangelistic fervor, and ruthless trust in a sovereign God.

CHARISMATIC

“Charismatic” or “Continuous” is a short way of saying that we believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still for today and should be esteemed, discussed, sought after, and practiced by every Christian. This, however, does not mean that we embrace everything that the modern charismatic movement practices or teaches. We like to say that we are “charismatic with a seatbelt.” We don’t believe that having one spiritual gift makes one superior over another. We also don’t believe that someone who does not demonstrate a specific gift of the Holy Spirit does not have the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9), as we believe that all believers in Christ receive the indwelling Holy Spirit at salvation (Ephesians 1:13, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 John 3:24).

COMPLEMENTARIAN

We believe that men are called to be leaders in the Church and in the home (Ephesians 5:21-33, 1 Timothy 3:1-7), when at all possible. We also believe that men are to be imitators of Christ (Philippians 2:1-8, Ephesians 5:1), avoid all forms of chauvinism, and model servant leadership (Matthew 20:28, Matthew 23:11). We believe that women can minister in any expression of ministry (evangelism, worship, teaching, etc.), but should defer to men to govern the Church and the home.

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