our vision statement
A family of faith that is Christ-Centered.
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. —Colossians 1:18
Our view of the local church must be one of obedience to what the Lord in His Word says the church must be. None of us has the right to run the church as we desire. Jesus did not say "...I will build your church"... nor did He say "you will build my church," but He said "...I shall build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." —Matthew 16:18 When as a church we obey the Lord Jesus Christ and pattern our church after His Word, others will hear about it and glorify God. "For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good, and innocent in what is evil." —Romans 16:19 Obedience glorifies God, not activity.
A family of faith that is Spirit-Led.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. —Acts 1:8
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit. —Ephesians 5:18
To be successful as a church at carrying out our Lord's great commission, we must be empowered by His Holy Spirit. Spiritual work cannot be accomplished in the weakness of the flesh. The only way to accomplish God's work is to be controlled and empowered with God's Holy Spirit.
A family of faith that is Bible-Driven.
...and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom which leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. —2 Timothy 3:15-17
The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, depends not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God (who is truth itself), the author thereof; therefore it is to be received because it is the Word of God. May we be moved and induced by the testimony of the church of God to a high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scriptures and the doctrine contained within. After all it is the Scripture alone that makes known the only way of man's salvation. May the church have full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth, and that the divine authority is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.
Being a Bible-driven church is a great blessing because for every issue of faith the answers are found in Scripture. The church does not have to depend upon human wit nor upon the popularity of what works to build a church for the glory of God.
A family of faith that seeks to glorify God among the nations.
...and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. —Luke 24:47
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. —Matthew 28:18-20
Missions are central to the church. A church that is absolutely concerned with honoring God, proclaiming Jesus, being led by the Spirit, driven by the Word, will naturally be concerned with the mission of bringing God glory in all nations. Throughout history the church has always had a strong mandate to be verbal with the Gospel. Taking the Gospel to those who have not heard is near to the heart of God and the means by which God does this is through the local church. The church is to verbally proclaim the gospel locally and globally because "faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." —Romans 10:17