Our name indicates that we value Christ Jesus above all things. As the body of Christ, our purpose is to display Christ in all we do. We drafted the following statement to help guide us in that purpose.
We exist to put Christ first…
…in our worship
To worship someone or something is to proclaim its ultimate worth. To put Christ first in our worship certainly means that our gathered worship services are all about Jesus. But it also means that we seek to stir up love for Christ above all in our hearts, and out of that love to live for Him in all we do.
…in our Word ministries
To put Christ first, we must take the authority of Scripture seriously. Christ Himself had a high view of the Bible, and it the Bible that teaches us who Christ is. While not all Christians are called to the role of pastor, all Christians are called to ministry of the Word in some way. “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, in to Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)
…in our relationships
The Bible makes it clear that our relationships to one another in the church are an important part of God’s plan for us. We are commanded to love one another as a family. We are compared to one body made up of many parts that must work together. Those parts are all different—different skills, different backgrounds, even different politics or ethnicities—but we are all one in Christ Jesus.
…in our communities
Christ came not to be served but to serve (Mark 10:45), and we seek to follow His example by loving and serving our neighbors. We believe the most important way we can serve those around us is by sharing Christ with them, but that is not the only way we can serve. While we are far from perfect at this, we are seeking ways to reach out in love and service to those around us.
The following is our Congregational Statement of Faith. See also Elder Statement of Faith for a more detailed summary of our church's teaching.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:12
We believe that the Scriptures in all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, error free in the original manuscripts, and the supreme authority of faith and practice for followers of Christ.
We believe there is one living and true God, who is one in essence, while eternally existing in three distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23
We believe that mankind was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and fulfill His purposes on earth. However, in Adam, all mankind fell into sin; consequently all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of both physical and spiritual death apart from faith in Jesus Christ.
John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient sacrifice. Salvation is by the grace of God through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. In order to be saved we must personally accept these truths and thereby accept the cleansing blood of Christ, which alone can atone for sins.
Genesis 12:1-3; John 3:16; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; Ephesians 2:1-10
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Salvation is wholly of God on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works.
Acts 2:41-47, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Corinthians 12-14
We believe that all who are “born again” by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true church and are instructed by the Scriptures to associate themselves in local, visible churches.
1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9, Acts 6:1-6
We believe that Jesus Christ leads the local church through a plurality of elders who have been called, gifted, and appointed by Him. By seeking the mind of Christ, depending upon the Holy Spirit and diligently examining the Word of God, the elders provide spiritual oversight and direction for the church. The qualifications of elders are character based as defined in 1 Timothy and Titus, and the decisions of the elders require unanimous agreement.
Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 6:3-7, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
Baptism is a clear injunction of the Scriptures which outwardly expresses the inward reality of new life in Christ. Our method of baptism is immersion as described in the New Testament and practiced in the early church. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ and His redemptive death. It is also an expression of our fellowship with one another. In communion we are reminded of Christ’s first coming and encouraged to look forward to His coming again.
Matthew 24-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
We believe the next great event of human history will be the personal return of Jesus Christ. This is the blessed hope for which all those who love Christ yearn. While the exact time of Christ’s return is unknown, it is imminent and certain.