Gospel – The content of the gospel must be proclaimed continuously. God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn from their sin and trust in him. He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted. He now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness.
Evangelizing – Being equipped with the gospel and sound doctrine should increase ones desire to proclaim the saving message of Christ to others. We are commanded by God to spread the good news. Therefore it is our duty, honor, and great privilege to proclaim this good news to others. We must never forget that “the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
Preaching – Preaching and teaching is important because God’s Word is what convicts, converts, builds up, and sanctifies God’s people (Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:23; 1 Thess. 2:13; Jn. 17:17). Sermons and lessons are not taken lightly. The Bible, is our primary text. God has blessed us with His Word, and as a church it is our duty to focus the teaching and preaching of it to our members and our guests.
Sound Doctrine – There is a theological famine in our land, and the only way to stop the starvation is a steady supply of God’s Word to his people. It is extremely important for Christians to develop true beliefs about man, sin, God, Jesus, judgment, and more. We believe the answer is to focus on what God has revealed in his Word. We do this as a congregation, in small groups, and also encourage daily private reading of the Bible as well.
Covenant Membership – Ten core beliefs and practices of the church that its members agree to uphold. We believe church membership is a big deal. It is far more than joining a gym or club. The local church is where local people commit to grow, support, and be held accountable.
Holiness of life – As believers we are called out by God and are supposed to live and be people who fight against their sin, and pursue Christ by loving him and living as he has commanded.
Leadership – The Bible teaches that each local church should be led by a plurality of godly, qualified men called elders. Deacons are also appointed to help meet the temporal needs of the congregation.
Church Discipline – Church discipline is the act of correcting sin in the life of the body, including the possible final step of excluding a professing Christian from membership in the church and participation in the Lord’s Supper because of serious unrepentant sin.
Family– The family is the primary means of transferring Christian beliefs and practice to the next generation. We call on parents to take this role seriously, and not to expect only the church to be responsible for all things spiritual.
Diversity– All people are created in the image of God. We hope to be a body of believers that reflects that belief by the diversity of our congregation.
Historic – Our church is new, but is rooted in historic Christianity. We do not desire to isolate ourselves from the church of the past, but to unite with it in belief and practice.