WE WANT TO MOBILIZE PEOPLE TO CREATE LASTING CHANGE IN THE WORLD.
Jesus came that we might experience life to the full (John 10:10). With tenacity, we are committed to introducing people to life in Jesus and how to walk in relationship with Him. Simply put, our message is Jesus’ message of restoring life and creating lasting in the world.
We are dedicated to Living A Yes towards God's will for our lives. Through our welcoming ministry environments, groups, and classes, people of all backgrounds and cultures can mobilize to create change wherever they are.
OUR PLAN FOR YOU - KNOW, FOLLOW, LEAD
Everything we do comes down to three things - helping you KNOW Jesus, FOLLOW Jesus, and LEAD OTHERS to do the same.
Become acquainted with the person of Jesus by connecting with others in Starting Point, attending weekly services and reading the Bible.
Do the things that Jesus did by connecting with others in community, learning to hear God's voice and walking in obedience.
Lead others to know and follow Jesus by giving of your time, talents and money.
OUR CULTURE - UP, IN, & OUT
We see in Jesus’ life three distinct, but integrated relationships that were key to his ministry. First, Jesus had a strong relationship with His Father (UP). Next, Jesus had a close relationship with His followers (IN). And finally, Jesus had a consistent relationship with those among whom He ministered (OUT). Because these three relationships were how Jesus did ministry, we have designed all of our environments to incorporate and strengthen these three relationships within our church.
OUR CORE VERSE
Jesus announced His life-giving message of freedom in His first public teaching (Luke 4) as He quoted the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 61):
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
OUR CORE BELIEFS
The following are the nine core beliefs we hold to as a church:
We believe in the One True God, the sovereign, eternal Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternally existent in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is called the Trinity. God is all-knowing, all-powerful and ever-present.
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the only inspired, infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God. They are our supreme and final authority.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, both God and man, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His eventual return in power and glory, and in His ability to hold our salvation secure until that time.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person, He is God. He lives in all believers, allowing them to walk with God forever from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit enables believers to understand biblical truth, empowers them for godly living, gives them spiritual gifts and equips them to live for the glory of God, the good of others and their own fulfillment.
We believe God created people in His image. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, chose to disobey God. This is called sin, and it broke their relationship with God. As a result, all mankind became separated from God. Because of original sin, unregenerate human beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only remedy for mankind’s predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe that when a person exercises faith in Christ, he passes immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life, from the old creation into the new. He gains a new nature and a new heart, justified by God’s grace, accepted by the Father just as Christ His Son is accepted, loved just as Christ is loved, and connected to Him forever.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ — expressed through a local church — who have agreed together to walk with God. Christ is the head of the church, and the Holy Spirit is its guide. The church is lead by pastors, its practices are guarded by elders and its influence is extended to the world by participating members.
The Elder Ministry Team is comprised of 7 men, including the senior pastor. Elders function primarily as discerners and shepherds, and as such serve as the conscience and guardians of the church. The Elder Body serves as a praying/discerning body to aid, encourage, and give counsel to the Senior Pastor who serves as the Teaching Elder. This is an important position for our church, one that is not to be taken lightly. We ask you to prayerfully complete this form, evaluating each question on page two honestly based on your knowledge of the nominee’s qualifications for the office of Elder. Before completing this form, we recommend you take the time to read 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9. These passages describe further the qualifications for an Elder.
Communion, also called The Lord’s Supper, uses bread to symbolize the broken body of Christ and grape juice to symbolize the blood of Christ spilt for our sins. Taking communion is not an act of receiving Christ, but one of remembering Christ’s death for our sins and proclaiming our faith and salvation in Him alone. Communion is offered for Christ-followers weekly at the close of each worship service in the main auditorium.
Scripture teaches that all who have received Jesus Christ as their leader and forgiver should be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Scripture illustrates water baptism by immersion as a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, after an individual has expressed faith in Jesus Christ.