Statement Of Faith
The first couples that met in our church came from a broad spectrum of denominational backgrounds. In this setting, the focus was less on planting divisive theological flags and more on elevating the imperative doctrines of Christianity. Our utmost conviction in biblical truth was paramount in creating this statement, alongside deep respect for the church's forbearers and their writings. The main inspirations for this statement included the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian creeds. Additional considerations were the Heidelberg Catechism, The Westminster Confession of Faith, Baptist Faith and Message, and The Five Solas.
To the best of our ability, the following proclamation best encapsulates what we believe about the Christian faith. This statement aims to foster doctrinal unity within this body of believers and serve as a springboard for biblical studies and the formation of future leaders. All elders, deacons, and members of Awaken Liberty Church affirm these core tenets as unmistakable marks of Christian thought and practice. Everything Awaken Liberty Church declares and teaches, all of the content we produce, all of the policies and procedures we follow, and all of our organization's activity will be in accordance with this statement.
In writing this statement, we do not intend to exclude other local churches or believers with distinct denominational convictions from mutual communion. As the apostle Paul instructed the churches of his day, a zeal for encouraging Christian unity lies at the heart of our identity. We make room for differing viewpoints, provided they do not constitute heresy.
"Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda," an old church adage goes ("the church reformed, always reforming"). We've taken this saying to heart, and our leadership reassess our doctrines annually. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns, as we sincerely believe that God's holy church is continually learning and improving. Not only is the questioning mind welcomed, but it is encouraged.
"Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum"
(The Word of the Lord Endures Forever)
WE BELIEVE THE HOLY SCRIPTURes
The Holy Bible is God's revealed, unique, definitive, living Word. It is a divinely inspired treasure passed down through the ages to equip us with the knowledge that leads to salvation by faith.
These scriptures consist of the sixty-six canonical books, initially penned by human hands in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The Holy Spirit inspired these human authors, ensuring they wrote what He desired to write while incorporating their distinct writing styles & historical/cultural backgrounds. Although original manuscripts are unlikely to be uncovered, the Word of God has been astonishingly well preserved in the numerous copies to which we now have access.
We affirm the inherent truthfulness and trustworthiness of these texts. The Bible is devoid of contradiction and remains uncompromised by human error. The Bible has withstood intense scholastic review and will continue to do so in perpetuity, ensuring God's Word remains sufficient as our final authority for faith and godliness.
We judge all human conduct, creeds, and conclusions using the Holy Scriptures as the chief criterion. Any other "gospel" is demonstrably false, and preachers of such are accursed.
We reject any translation of the Scriptures that willfully dilutes the content, context, and theological implications of the original-language texts. We also disclaim any translation of the Bible that explicitly or implicitly endorses the beliefs or theologies of other faiths, cults, or sects.
The Bible is, first and foremost, a sixteen hundred year redemptive saga of God and His people, culminating in the glorious manifestation of God's love through Christ on the cross and the establishment of the church. All of Scripture testifies of Christ; as God masterfully paints His message throughout the canvas of scripture, Christ remains the focal point.
Deuteronomy 4:1–2 & 11:18-19 & 17:19 & 29:29, Psalm 19:7–10 & 119, Proverbs 30:5-6, Isaiah 40:6-8, Jeremiah 15:16, Matthew 5:17-18 & 22:29, Luke 21:33, John 5:39 & 16:13-15 & 17:17, Acts 17:11, Romans 1:16-17 & 3:21-26 & 15:4 & 16:17-18 & 16:25-26, 1st Corinthians 1:18-25 & 15:1-4, 2nd Corinthians 4:1-6, Galatians 1:6-9, 2nd Timothy 3:10-17, Hebrews 1:1-2 & 4:12, 2 Peter 1:2 & 1:19-21 & 3:15-18, Jude 3-4, Revelation 22:18–19
WE BELIEVE IN GOD THE faTHER
We worship God the Father, who reveals Himself as the Author of creation, weaving together all reality; everything visible and invisible was knitted by His hands.
God created the universe "ex nihilo" (from nothing) and made everything wonderful. As a result, He is the only one worthy of reigning with providential care over His cosmos, His creatures, and the course of history in accordance with His majestic grace.
God is infinite, eternal, and sovereign. God is all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, & all-constant. God is holy, just, & righteous. God is love, grace, mercy, and goodness. To Him, we owe our deepest love, adoration, & obedience.
Genesis 1:1 & 2:7, Exodus 6:2-3 & 9:27 & 15:11-18 & 20:1-7, Leviticus 22:2, Deuteronomy 6:1-5 & 32:4-6, 1 Chronicles 29:10, Psalms 19:1-3 & 33:10-11 & 86:8–17 & 90:1-6 & 93:1-2 & 139:1-13, Isaiah 6:3 & 43:15 & 46:8-10 & 64:8, Jeremiah 10:10 & 17:13, Malachi 3:6, Matthew 6:9-15 & 7:11 & 23:9 & 28:19, John 4:24 & 5:26 & 14:6-13, Acts 1:7, Romans 1:20 & 8:14-15 & 8:28, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 2:4-5, Colossians 1:15-16, 1 Timothy 1:17, Hebrews 11:3 & 12:9, 1 Peter 1:3 & 1:17, 1 John 1:5 & 4:8, Revelation 19:6
WE BELIEVE IN CHRIST THE SON
We are disciples of Jesus, God's everlasting Son. He is the "Word who became flesh," truly God and truly man, who demonstrated who God is through atonement without ceasing to be God.
In accordance with the scriptures, Jesus was born of a virgin, fully identifying with humanity while remaining sinless. By His obedience, He upheld the divine law, and He gladly provided for the redemption of humanity from sin through His substitutionary death on the cross. By His stripes, we are eternally healed.
He triumphantly rose from the tomb and appeared to the apostles. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at God's right hand, where He ministers as the Mediator, effecting the reconciliation between God and humanity.
One day, Christ will physically return to judge the world and complete His redeeming mission.
Psalm 2:7-12 & 110:1-7, Isaiah 2:4 & 7:14 & 53, Matthew 1:18-23 & 3:13-17 & 8:28-32 & 11:25-30 & 14:22-33 & 16:13-20 & 16:24-28 & 17:1-13 & 19:28 & 24:29-31 & 25:31-46 & 27 & 28:1-6 & 28:19, Mark 1:1-11 & 3:11, Luke 1:26-38 & 4:41 & 22:70 & 23-24, John 1:1-18 & 1:29 & 10 & 12:44-50 & 14:1-11 & 16:28 & 17:1-5 & 17:21-22 & 20, Acts 1:9 & 2:22-24 & 7:55-56, Romans 3:23-26 & 5:6-21 & 8:1-3 & 8:34, 1st Corinthians 8:6 & 15:1-8 & 15:24-28, 2nd Corinthians 5:19-21 & 8:9, Galatians 4:4-5, Ephesians 1:20-23, Colossians 1:13-22 & 2:9, 1st Thessalonians 4:14-18, 1st Timothy 2:5-6 & 3:16, Hebrews 1:1-4 & 4:4-15 & 7:14-28 & 9:12-15 & Hebrews 9:24-28 & 12:2 & 13:8, 1st Peter 2:21-25, 1st John 4:14–15, 2nd John 7, Revelation 5:9-14 & 22:12-21
WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the divine Spirit of God. In the past, as the Divine Teacher, He inspired mankind to compose the Holy Scriptures. In the present, as we explore God's Word, He enlightens our minds and transforms our hearts.
The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, drawing sinners to the Savior and uniting us to Christ. Christ baptizes all believers through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit resides within and among us, given so that we'd walk in faithfulness.
The Holy Spirit enables Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which Christians serve God through His church. The believers and the church worship, evangelize, and act as God's ambassadors by His illumination and enablement.
The Holy Spirit is the seal by whom the Father assures the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption. His presence in the Christian guarantees they will progressively be filled with the fullness of God, conscious of and yielded to God's presence, strength, care for others, spiritual authority, moral excellence, and character.
Genesis 1:2, Judges 14:6, Psalm 51:10–12 & 139:7–24, Isaiah 61:1–3, Joel 2:28–32, Matthew 1:18 & 3:16 & 4:1 & 12:28–32 & 28:19, Mark 1:10–12, Luke 1:35 & 4:1 & 4:18–19 & 5:3–4 & 11:13 & 12:8–12 & 24:49, John 3:3-8 & 4:24 & 14:16–17 & 14:26 & 15:26 & 16:5-15, Acts 1:8 & 2:1–4 & 2:38 & 4:31 & 6:3 & 7:55 & 10:44 & 15:28 & 16:6 & 19:1–6, Romans 8:9–16 & 8:26–27, 1 Corinthians 2:9–12 & 3:16 & 12, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 1:13–14 & 3:16–21 & 4:7-12 & 4:30 & 5:18, 1 Timothy 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:14 & 3:16, Titus 3:5, Hebrews 9:14, 2 Peter 1:21, 1 John 4:13, Revelation 22:17
WE BELIEVE IN THE TRINITY
We believe that the everlasting Triune God unveils Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the eternal mystery of three divine persons, each distinct yet perfect in unity and purpose. While each of the Triune God's persons possesses particular differentiae, God exists without division of nature, essence, or being.
The theology of the Trinity is the most distinct, defining, inscrutable, and magnificent mystery in Christianity. It is absolutely essential to our faith because it is a revelation of our Almighty Creator—His limitless self, which our limited understanding will never wholly fathom; He is infinite, and we are finite.
Genesis 1:26 & 3:22 & 11:7, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 6:8 & 9:6 & 48:16 & 61:1, Psalm 51:10–12, Matthew 3:16–17 & 28:19, Luke 1:35, John 10:30–36 & 14:16-17 & 14:26 & 16:13–14, Acts 5:3–4, Romans 1:7 & 9:5 & 11:33–34, 1st Corinthians 3:16, 2nd Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:4–6, Philippians 2:5–8, Colossians 1:15–17, Hebrews 1:8-9, 1st Peter 1:2, 1st John 5:7-8 & 5:20
WE BELIEVE IN ETERNITY
Heaven exists and is a destination designated for Christ's disciples. Believers' souls are absent from the body after death and present with the Lord, where they await their resurrection when soul and body are reunited to be glorified eternally with the Lord.
Hell exists and is a destination designated for God's adversaries. Unbelievers' souls continue in conscious suffering after death until their resurrection, when, with soul and body reunited, they will appear before the throne of judgment and be cast into the Lake of Fire to endure everlasting torment.
Daniel 12:2–3, Matthew 16:27 & 18:8–9 & 25:31–46, Mark 8:38 & 9:43–48, Luke 12:40 & 16:19–26 & 17:22–37 & 21:27–28, John 14:1–3, Acts 17:31, Romans 14:10, 1st Corinthians 15:24–28 & 15:35–58, 2nd Corinthians 5:10, Philippians 3:20–21, Colossians 1:3–5 & 3:4, 1st Thessalonians 4:13–18 & 5:1–28, 2nd Thessalonians 1:5–12, 2nd Timothy 4:1 & 4:8, Hebrews 9:27–28, 2nd Peter 3:7–18, 1st John 2:28 & 3:2, Revelation 3:11 & 20:1–22:21
WE BELIEVE HUMANITY NEEDS GOD
God is the Potter, and we are the clay. God formed man in His image for us to execute His creative purposes as devoted stewards of creation. Our chief pursuit is to know God, and our chief end is to glorify His name.
Humanity was once sinless and endowed with free will by their Creator. In our free will, we rebelled against God and brought sin into the world, shattering the relationship between God and man.
As a result of the fall, we inherit an evil nature and a corrupted world. As soon as we are capable of moral action, we become transgressors destined for damnation.
Only God's grace can draw humanity into His holy fellowship and enable us to fulfill His creative purposes. If we do not receive His grace, we are doomed to perish.
Genesis 1:26-31 & 2:5-7 & 2:18-22 & 3 & 9:6, Psalms 1 & 8 & 32:1-5 & 37:4 & 51:5, Proverbs 3:6, Isaiah 6:5 & 43:7 & 53:6 & 64:8, Jeremiah 17:5-9, Matthew 15:18–19 & 16:26 & 22:37–38, John 3:3, Acts 17:26-31, Romans 1:19-32 & 3:10-18 & 3:23 & 5:6 & 5:12 & 5:19 & 6:6 & 7:14-25 & 8:8 & 8:14-18 & 8:29 & 9:21, 1st Corinthians 1:21–31 & 10:31 & 15:21-22, 2nd Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:1–22, Colossians 1:16–22 & 3:9-11, Titus 2:13–14, 2nd Peter 3:11–13, Revelation 4:11 & 21:1–5
WE BELIEVE WE NEED SALVATION
We've become estranged from our Creator due to our innate evil, unable to transcend our sinful nature by self-improvement or good deeds. As a result, if we desire to have communion with God, we must be reconciled to Him.
Our faith in Christ, not our works, blesses us with salvation. It is a divine gift, not the result of our labor. Only Jesus' perfect obedience and substitutionary atonement on the cross is sufficient to guarantee salvation.
To be saved, we must be conscious of our spiritual inadequacy, confessing that Jesus Christ is our sin-bearing Savior and Lord, placing our complete confidence in Him alone as the source of our deliverance. We must also repent of our sins, reflecting a changed attitude towards our sinful self as we draw closer to our Lord.
Being redeemed invariably leads to new deeds and a new way of life. It would be uncharacteristic of a believer to consistently exhibit "old" works. But just as good acts cannot earn salvation, they are not required to sustain salvation.
One day, Christ will consummate His redemptive mission, and the new heaven and new earth will become a home for the saved. The redeemed of the Lord will be reunited with our God in perfect fellowship once more.
Genesis 3:15, Exodus 6:2–8, Isaiah 53, Matthew 1:21 & 4:17 & 10:28:33 & 16:21-26 & 27:22-28:6, Mark 8:38, Luke 1:68–69 & 2:26–32 & 13:1-5, John 1:11–14 & 1:29 & 3:3–21 & 3:36 & 5:24 & 10:9 & 10:28–29 & 11:25–27 & 15:1–16 & 17, Acts 2:21 & 2:38-41 & 4:12 & 15:11 & 16:30–31 & 17:30–31 & 20:32, Romans 1:16–18 & 2:1-4 & 3:21–26 & 4:3–25 & 5:6–10 & 6:1–23 & 8:1–18 & 8:29–39 & 10:1–13 & 13:11–14, 1st Corinthians 1:18 & 1:30 & 6:19–20 & 15:10 & 15:21–22, 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21, Galatians 2:16–21 & 3:10-14 & 5:22–25 & 6:13–15, Ephesians 1:3–14 & 2:8–22, Philippians 2:12–13, Colossians 1:9–22 & 3:1–17, 1st Thessalonians 5:23–24, Titus 2:11–14 & 3:5-8, Hebrews 5:8–9 & 7:26–27 & 9:24–28 & 11:1–12:8, James 2:14–26, 1st Peter 1:2–23, 1st John 1:6–2:11 & 4:14–15, Revelation 3:20 & 21:1–22:5
WE BELIEVE IN BAPTISM
Baptism is a centuries-old ritual that symbolizes our birth into a new creation and incorporation into the body of Christ. It is a picture of a believer's death to sin, the burial of the old self, and resurrection to walk in newness of life.
While there has been vigorous debate surrounding whether baptism is solely for professing believers or for anybody included in God's covenantal promises (particularly children and infants), we engage in dual-practice baptism. We recognize baptism as an outward sign of God's covenantal faithfulness. It does not grant salvation but illustrates Christ's redemptive work in His death, burial, and resurrection.
We baptize both professing believers and young children/infants in dual-practice baptism. The baptism of those too young to proclaim genuine faith attests to God's loving initiative. We baptize them understanding that their baptism symbolizes God's promise to the child of salvation if they repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ. This baptism does not save the child.
The baptism of a believer attests to their repentance and faith. By immersing the believer in water, we confirm the pattern of the Scriptures. We do so in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as a public declaration of our confidence in the final resurrection of the dead.
Matthew 3:13-17 & 28:18-20, Mark 1:9–11, Luke 3:21–22, John 3:23 & 4:1, Acts 2:38–41 & 8:35-39 & 16:14–15 & 16:30-33, Romans 6:1-14, 1st Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27–28, Colossians 2:12, 1st Peter 3:21–22
WE BELIEVE IN The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper, also known as the Eucharist or communion, is a symbolic act of obedience in which the church commemorates the Redeemer's sacrifice while eagerly anticipating His return.
By eating the bread, we recall Christ's body, bruised for our sins. By drinking the wine, we remember Christ's precious blood, shed for our sinfulness. Only professing believers should partake in the Lord's Supper, and only after thorough self-examination in conformity with scripture.
It is a matter of much debate as to whether the real presence of Christ is present in the Eucharist in a tangible way, not just symbolically or metaphorically. Moreover, those who believe in Christ's substantial presence disagree on whether His presence is corporeal or spiritual. Our stance is to embrace the mystery. All must concede to something tangibly glorious occurring during communion, even if we can't quite agree on what that is.
WE BELIEVE IN ONE HOLY CHURCH
Our humble church is but a grain of sand in the grand scheme of things. The global church is one Body of Christ made up of Christians from all tribes, tongues, peoples, and nations. It frequently takes on many diverse and often unconventional shapes.
As a natural consequence, we foster ecumenical efforts, promoting Christian unity and cooperation. We invite the church to live in harmony with one another as recipients of God's grace.
We can boldly and joyfully join sister congregations in God's kingdom mission as long as there is no doctrinal compromise on essential Christian beliefs and God is exalted.
Psalm 133:1, Matthew 16:15–19 & 18:15–20, John 10:16 & 17:11-26, Acts 2:40–47 & 14:23 & 14:27 & 20:28, Romans 8:9 & 12:3-18 & 14 & 15:4-7, 1st Corinthians 3:16 & 7:17 & 10:17 & 12:4-31, Galatians 3:23-28, Ephesians 2:14–20 & 4:1–16, Philippians 2:1-16, Colossians 3:14–15, Revelation 7:9–10
WE BELIEVE IN PRAYER AND MEDITATION
The Holy Spirit awakens and nourishes us through His Word and our prayers. Consequently, we devote time to daily prayer and meditation upon God's Word as individuals, couples, and families.
The Word is the primary means by which the Holy Spirit eradicates the power of sin in our hearts. We delight in reading, retaining, and relishing the scriptures. We meditate upon God's Word using an exegetical perspective, preserving the historical and cultural context in which the authors wrote the Scriptures as best we can.
Prayer is our unique connection to the Lord, satisfying our daily spiritual needs and softening our stony hearts, so they're inclined to God's will. All prayer should fervently desire that God's name is hallowed, that His kingdom come, that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, that God will provide for our everyday needs, forgive our sins as we forgive others and that He'd keep us from temptation, rescuing us from evil.
Numbers 23:19, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 & 8:3, 1st Chronicles 16:10-12, Psalms 1 & 17:6 & 19:14 & 23:1-6 & 102:17 & 119, Proverbs 4:20-22 & 15:8-9 & 28:9, Matthew 4:4 & 6:7-13 & 26:41, John 15:7, Acts 2:42, Romans 8:26-27 & 12:12, Ephesians 6:10-20, Philippians 4:4-9, Colossians 3:16-17 & 4:2, 1st Thessalonians 5:16-21, 1st Timothy 2:1-8, 2nd Timothy 2:15 & 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, James 1:19-25 & 5:16, 1st Peter 3:15 & 5:6-8, 1st John 5:14-15
WE BELIEVE IN FAMILY
God has established the family as civilization's cornerstone. It is composed of people related to one another through marriage, blood, or adoption and exists for the betterment of the church and the world.
When we were created in His image, God formed us male and female, beautifully distinct yet equal in value. These two genders are an integral part of the goodness of God's creation. The church and our families benefit from a sympathetic and respectful understanding of biblical gender roles.
Marriage is a lifetime covenant relationship between one man and one woman. It is a blessing from Heaven that exemplifies the bond between Christ (the groom) and the church (His bride). In the same way that Christ loved the church, a husband must love his wife. Just as the church joyfully submits to Christ's headship, a wife ought to submit graciously to her husband's servant leadership.
Children are a God-given blessing. Through consistent lifestyle examples and loving discipline, parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage, educate them regarding spiritual and ethical principles, and lead them to make decisions based on God's Word. Children are expected to honor their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28 & 2:15-25 & 3:1-20, Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Joshua 24:15, 1st Samuel 1:26-28, Psalms 78:1-8 & 127 & 128 & 139:13-16, Proverbs 1:8 & 5:15-20 & 6:20-22 & 11:29 & 12:4 & 13:24 & 14:1 & 15:20 & 17:6 & 18:22 & 22:6 & 22:15 & 23:13-14 & 24:3 & 29:15-17 & 31:10-31, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 & 9:9, Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 5:31-32 & 15:4 & 18:2-5 & 19:3-15, Mark 10:6-12, Romans 1:18-32, 1st Corinthians 7:1-16 & 11:3, Ephesians 5:22-6:4, Colossians 3:18-21, 1st Timothy 5:8 & 5:14, Titus 2:3-5, Hebrews 13:4, 1st Peter 3:1-7
WE BELIEVE IN BIBLICAL SEXUALITY
God created man and woman in his image, equal as persons yet markedly male and female. Their dissimilarities, such as reproductive systems, are integral to His intentions. Such differences do not explicitly or implicitly render men and women unequal in dignity or worth. They represent God's original creation design, intended for human welfare.
Marriage is God’s design, established as a lifelong covenantal union of one man and one woman, illustrating the sacred love between Christ and the church. Marriage is much more than a mere contract and cannot be fulfilled by homosexual, polyamorous, polygamous, or other relationships not included in the God-ordained marriage design.
Sexual relations are a God-created manifestation of love meant to be enjoyed in God-created marriage relationships. Outside of God’s design for marriage, no one can defend sexual affections, desires, or commitments as pleasing to the Lord.
We believe that God's holy designs in creation and redemption, as proclaimed in Scripture, should circumscribe self-conception, whether in sexual orientation, sexual attraction, or gender. We must strive not to pursue homosexual, transgender, or any other manifestations of self-conception which contradict God's sacred intentions.
Individuals who struggle with same-sex attraction, gender confusion, or other aspects of their sinful nature can be faithful believers. This struggle does not preclude these brothers and sisters of Christ from mutual communion and worship. It is wickedness to disparage these believers, knowing we are all sinners in desperate need of salvation.
Genesis 1:26–28 & 2:15-25 & 3:1-24, Exodus 20:14 & 20:17, Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:18 & 5:21 & 22:5, Judges 19:22, 2nd Samuel 11:1-12:15, Job 31:1, Psalms 51:1-19 & 100:3, Proverbs 5:1-23 & 6:20-35 & 7:1-27, Malachi 2:14, Matthew 5:27–30 & 19:4-12, Acts 15:19-20 & 15:28-29, Romans 1:26–32, 1st Corinthians 6:9–11 & 6:18-20 & 7:1-7, 2nd Corinthians 5:11-21, Galatians 5:24, Ephesians 4:15-24 & 5:31–32, Colossians 3:5, 1st Thessalonians 4:3-8, 1st Timothy 1:9–10, 2nd Timothy 2:22, Titus 2:11-12, Hebrews 13:4, James 1:14–15, 1st Peter 2:11, Jude 7
WE BELIEVE IN THE SANCTItY OF LIFE
Our Creator-King has bestowed human life with an evident and beautiful sanctity. Every single human life has incalculable worth. We will defend, preserve, and value all human life from conception until death. We must endeavor to aid orphans, widows, the destitute, the exploited, the elderly, the defenseless, and the afflicted.
Abortion is the murder of a helpless child made in the image of God. We advocate for the unborn, knowing that every human possesses potential from conception. As a church, we want to care for anyone grappling with the realities of a prior abortion or an unwanted pregnancy by embracing them, providing counseling, and funding ministries that offer aid and alternatives, including foster and adoptive care.
Racism is a transgression against people created in God's image. God's desire is for people to live together in peace, regardless of ethnic or cultural distinctions. Christians should oppose racism with zeal in the spirit of Christ, examining our hearts and repenting of any racist views we may have.
Genesis 1:27 & 2:7 & 9:6 & 50:20, Exodus 20:13 & 21:22-25 & 22:22-24 & 23:7, Deuteronomy 5:17 & 10:12 & 30:19, Job 12:10, Psalm 68:5 & 82:3-4 & 100:3 & 127:3 & 139:13-16, Proverbs 6:16-19 & 4:10-19 & 29:8, Isaiah 1:16-17 & 44:24, Jeremiah 1:4-5 & 22:3, Zechariah 7:9-10, Matthew 5:21-22 & 5:43-48 & 22:36-40 & 25:31-46, Mark 2:15-17 & 10:21, Luke 1:39-45 & 4:18-21 & 10:27-37 & 12:6-7, John 7:24 & 13:34 & 15:12, Romans 6:13 & 12:3-21 & 13:8-10, 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 & 10:23–11:1, Galatians 3:26–28 & 6:10, Ephesians 2:10 & 4:32, Colossians 3:11–17, 1st Thessalonians 3:11-13, James 1:22 & 1:27 & 2:1 & 2:8
WE BELIEVE IN LIVING "Kingdom sent"
As Christians, we seek first and foremost the Kingdom of God. God's sovereignty over creation, as well as His monarchy over those who freely embrace Him as King, compose the Kingdom. The culmination of the Kingdom awaits Jesus Christ's return at the conclusion of this age.
As Kingdom subjects, God calls us to a life of love-a radical and authentic Christ-like love. The world will know we are Jesus' disciples when we love like Him. Our new lives, birthed through the Holy Spirit, usher forth Kingdom love for others.
Every Christ-follower and church bears the responsibility and honor of making disciples of all nations. Being "Kingdom sent" requires faithfully attending to the task of seeking to win the lost to Christ by verbal testimony accompanied by a Christian lifestyle and other approaches consistent with the gospel of Christ.
Psalm 24:1 & 90:2 & 96:3 & 147:5, Isaiah 6:1–8, Matthew 5 & 6:9–10 & 6:25–34 & 9:37–38 & 10:16 & 13:18–30 & 13:37–43 & 16:19 & 22:1–14 & 24:14 & 25:14–30 & 28:18-20, Mark 12:28-31, Luke 6:27–36 & 10:1–18, John 13:35 & 14:11-15 & 15:7–8 & 15:16 & 17:16 & 18:36 & 20:21, Acts 1:8 & 10:42–48, & Romans 8:18-39 & 10:13–15 & 13:8-10, 1st Corinthians 13, 2nd Corinthians 5:20 & 10:5, Ephesians 4:11–16 & 4:32–5:1, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 3:1-17, 1st Thessalonians 1:8 & 2:3–4, 1st Timothy 2:1–4, 2nd Timothy 4:5, Hebrews 2:1-3 & 12:1-2, 1st Peter 2:1-12 & 3:14-17, 1st John 3:16–17, Jude 3, Revelation 12:11 & 22:17
“In essentials, unity.
In non-essentials, liberty.
In all things, charity.”
Biblical JUSTICE VS. Social justice
Biblical justice anchors itself in God's fundamental character; God is a God of justice. A Gospel-centered church will inspire and empower Christians to pursue heavenly justice. We are a glimpse of God's future Kingdom, a taste of what the world will be like under Jesus' reign of justice and kingship.
The Father's justice transcends and supersedes current "social justice" standards. As a result, we purposefully avoid engagement in the vast majority of social movements unless we are convinced that it is the most Christ-like conduct to do so. Consistent action trumps overnight activism.
The church would do well to remember that biblical justice frequently necessitates more potent remedies than social justice. Within the church, we condemn injustice, and we must combat it outside our four walls. We appreciate that different individuals have differing perspectives on how to ensure that justice is served.
Leviticus 19:15, Deuteronomy 16:20 & 32:4, 2nd Samuel 12:1–14, Psalm 33:5 & 37:27–29 & 82:3 & 89:14 & 106:3, Proverbs 21:3 & 21:15 & 28:5 & 29:7 & 31:9, Ecclesiastes 3:17, Isaiah 1:17 & 30:18 & 61:8, Jeremiah 22:3, Amos 5:24, Micah 6:8, Zechariah 7:9, Matthew 7:12 & 25:40, Romans 12:15-19, James 1:27, Revelation 16:7
CESSATIONISM VS CONTINUATIONISM
Some assert that the apostolic (or miraculous) gifts of the New Testament church "ceased" after the apostles' ministry was completed and the Holy Scriptures were written. Tongues, healing, prophecy, raising the dead, and so on are manifestations of these gifts. Others believe that these gifts continue today.
There are compelling arguments on both sides of this debate, and the Bible does not appear to explicitly specify which side is "correct." As a result, our position on these gifts is "open but cautious."
Our heavenly Father is unquestionably powerful enough to work miracles in our midst today, and there is no irrefutable Scripture proof that these gifts have ever ceased. However, we must never allow ourselves to become fixated on desiring gifts more than the Giver. Furthermore, the widespread persistence of counterfeit miracles leads us to be wary in accepting the legitimacy of many modern "miracles."
We understand that you may have strong sentiments one way or another and welcome your convictions within our church. Let God's children never value being "right" over loving one another, as we all remain open to the awe of His miraculous works transforming each of us.
Psalm 136:3–4, Matthew 7:21–23 & 12:38–39 & 24:24, Luke 9:1, John 6:26 & 20:29, Acts 1:8 & 2:1-4 & 6:8 & 8:6–7 & 10:46 & 19:6, Romans 12:3–8, 1st Corinthians 12:1-11 & 12:27–31 & 13-14, 2nd Corinthians 12:12, Galatians 3:3–5, Ephesians 4:11–12, 2nd Thessalonians 2:9, Hebrews 2:1–4, 1st Peter 4:7–11, 1st John 4:2–6, Jude 20
We pledge allegiance, first and foremost, to the Kingdom of God. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are all members of the same political party—monarchists awaiting our King's return.
We affirm the pattern of new testament believers by aspiring to be heavenly-minded; more concerned with the things of God than the petty squabbles of this world and its political leaders. We deliberately refuse to participate in political holidays, endorse partisan ideology, or interfere with civics in any church-endorsed way.
Our goal is not to instill abject indifference in our members, and we encourage them to vote according to their consciences, pray for their leaders, and submit to governmental authority. We wish merely to stress where a Christian's ultimate loyalty resides. We welcome any who hold specific political convictions, provided their beliefs don't disrupt the ministry.
1st Samuel 12:13–25, Daniel 2:21,Proverbs 14:34 & 29:24-25, Matthew 6:33 & 22:17-21, John 18:36, Acts 5:27–29, Romans 13:1–7, Philippians 2:3-7 & 3:20, Colossians 1:15-17 & 3:1–2, 1st Thessalonians 1:9–10, 1st Timothy 2:1-2, Titus 2:11–15, 1st Peter 2:13–17, Revelation 19:11–16 & 22:20–21
Knowing that God is sovereign and mankind has free will, how do we reconcile determinism (the belief that everything is causally predestined, ordered, or decided by God) and man's free will? Compatibilism, we propose, addresses the tension between free will and determinism, the mystery of how our volition and God's purposes appear to be interwoven, serving to bring about the Lord's perfect pleasing will.
While compatibilism appears paradoxical to us, it is God's way of harmonizing His sovereign will with our choices. Everything is under God's authority, He knows everything, and He holds us accountable for everything we do.
Because His ways are bewildering, we must trust the Lord with all of our hearts and not rely on our understanding. We recognize why some people favor one side over the other or might opt to ignore the debate altogether. Understanding how everything works isn't a requisite for a genuine Christian walk.
Genesis 50:20, Exodus 4:21, Deuteronomy 30:15–19, Psalm 90:2 & 115:3 & 147:5, Proverbs 3:5–6 & 16:9, Isaiah 14:24 & 46:8–10 & 55:8–11, Daniel 4:34-35, Matthew 10:26–33 & 12:34–37, Mark 13:20, John 5:30 & 6:44, Acts 2:23–25 & 4:23-28, Romans 1:18 & 3:9-20 & 8:7–8 & 8:28-30 & 9 & 11:33 & 12:2, 1st Corinthians 2:6-16, Ephesians 1:3–14, 1st Thessalonians 1:2–4, 1st John 3:19–20
God created us in His image, male and female alike, identical in value yet distinguishable in purpose. We should never use distinct gender roles to rationalize a diminution in inherent worth or dignity.
We condemn all ministries that would exploit the beauty of God's designated roles to propagate unhealthy environments for women or men. Liberty, not subjugation, should be the outcome of faithfulness to the Word.
We uphold Scripture's evident instruction that limits the office of the elder to men. In light of this, it is the responsibility of this biblically grounded church to enthusiastically create opportunities for women in ministry while respecting the boundaries of the Word.
We appreciate how challenging it is to live out such truth in today's world. Despite our conviction that this is the Lord's design and intent, we are happy to welcome those who believe otherwise.
Genesis 1:26–27 & 2:18, Exodus 15:20–21, Judges 5:1–31, Psalm 68:25, Joel 2:28–29, Acts 18, Romans 16:1–16, 1st Corinthians 12:4–31 & 14:26–40, Galatians 3:28, Ephesians 4:1–16, 1st Timothy 2:8-3:13, Titus 1:5–16 & Titus 2
Inordinate research or debate surrounding eschatology (end-times theology), however intriguing, is ultimately futile. There are far more critical concerns that the church has to tackle. Irrespective of one's personal standpoint on how things will unfold, we trust that our God will bring this age to a conclusion in His time and in His way.
We profess that Jesus will return personally, visibly, and suddenly, bringing His redemptive mission to its climax. At the final judgment, our Lord will sentence the unrighteous to hell, the realm of everlasting torment. Believers will experience the resurrection of life and God's eternal, personal presence in His heavenly kingdom.
Outside of such self-evident scripture truths, the intricacies of eschatological concepts are better left up for charitable discussion. Whatever happens, God will realize His purpose of creation, redemption, and exaltation. Such is the hope we yearn for, and it compels us to live godly lives, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, regardless of how things end.
Isaiah 51:3, Matthew 24:3–51, Mark 10:13–16, Luke 11:2, John 18:36, 1st Corinthians 1:10–17 & 3:11–15 & 15:51–54, 2nd Corinthians 5, Ephesians 2:1–10, 1st Thessalonians 4:13–18, 2nd Thessalonians 2:3–10, 2nd Timothy 1:6–7, Titus 2:11–15, Hebrews 2:1–9, 2nd Peter 3:9, 1st John 3:1–3, Revelation
When individuals embrace Christ as their Savior, they enter into a relationship with God that guarantees they endure until the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the position of grace, continuing to the end of time.
The believer is kept from drifting away by God's might. It is up to Him, not us, to present us before His majesty. Believers might slip into sin by carelessness and temptation, grieving the Spirit, compromising their graces and comforts, and bringing disgrace on the cause of Christ as well as worldly penalties on themselves. They will, however, be held by God's grace.
It is an extraordinary comfort to know that nothing and no one can separate us from the Father's love. We are at peace, knowing that the Lord secures our salvation. We understand why some people believe in conditional salvation, and we cordially invite you to join us.
Psalm 68:19-20, Lamentations 3:22–23, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 3:16 & 6:37 & 10:27-29, Romans 5:1 & 8:30-39 & 11:29, 2nd Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3:3, Ephesians 4:30, Philippians 1:6, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Jude 24-25
Unlike non-denominationalism, which rejects all denominational convictions, we subscribe to inter-denominationalism. If a denomination upholds the foundations of the Christian faith, we welcome them as brothers and sisters in the church.
We contend that Christ's church is inter-denominational by design. While humanity takes pleasure in our capacity to brand ourselves and others, Christ never branded His bride with denominational designations.
As a logical consequence, we aspire to integrate traditions from diverse denominations while staying mindful of the Holy Spirit's guidance in leading our local church. We appreciate your particular convictions as long as they are consistent with the non-negotiables of the Christian faith.
We understand why someone may want a denominational label and encourage respectful, loving dialogue on the topic. Let us always strive to worship together in harmony.
Psalm 133:1, Matthew 28:19–20, John 14:6 & 17:17–26, Acts 2:21 & 4:32, Romans 12:4–21, & 14-15 & 16:16, 1st Corinthians 1:10–17, 2nd Corinthians 6:14, Ephesians 2:8–9 & 4:1-16, Philippians 1:27 & 2:1–11, Colossians 3:12–17, 1st Peter 3:8, Revelation 5:9 & 7:9
We believe in the scriptural reality that whatever God determines will inevitably occur, even in saving sinners. The Holy Spirit will act in the lives of the elect to bring them to trust in Christ.
God is sovereign and can overcome any opposition if He so desires; whatsoever God declares or determines will come to pass. We discover this fact throughout the Bible.
We understand why one wishes to believe we can resist God, and we welcome you as a fellow believer.
Psalm 3:8 & 115:3, Daniel 4:35, Matthew 22:1–14, Luke 15:3–10 & 19:10, John 1:12–13 & 6:37–47 & 6:65, Acts 13:48 & 16:14, Romans 8:29–30, Romans 9:15–16, 1st Corinthians 2:14, 2nd Corinthians 4:1–6, Ephesians 1:3–12 & 2:1–10, Philippians 2:13, Colossians 1:13 & 2:8–15, Titus 3:4–6, 2nd Peter 1:3
God elects people to salvation without any conditions, either foreseeable or unforeseen. God chooses to save individuals by His sovereign will, not because of any future decision we make or condition we satisfy.
Unconditional election is a beautiful expression of God's sovereign benevolence, immeasurable wisdom, holiness, and immutability. It is consistent with man's free will, prohibiting boasting and encouraging humility.
God decides to save some people while leaving others to suffer the consequences of their sins. As the sovereign King of all creation, this is His right. We do not criticize God's judgment but instead marvel at His matchless mercy. We don't question why God only brings some people to salvation. Instead, we worship Him for electing any at all.
Some believe in conditional election, or that God chooses people for salvation based on foreknowledge of who would believe in Christ. While we consider such a view elevates man's choice over God's will, we understand and welcome those with such beliefs in our church.
Exodus 33:19, Deuteronomy 7:6–7, Isaiah 40:6–26, John 1:10–13, Mark 13:20, John 6:39 & 6:65 & 10:27-28 & 15:16, Romans 8:28–29 & 9 & 10:20, 1st Corinthians 1:27–29, Ephesians 1:3–14 & 2:1–10, 2nd Timothy 1:8–9, 1st Peter 2:6–8