The central focus of our faith is the Cross of Jesus Christ and the gift of forgiveness and righteousness He freely purchased for us. The benefit of His work is the confident promise of the Holy Spirit’s anointing and power on our lives and the freedom to be in a relationship with God as our Father – all in a context of grace alone and never based on performance. We adhere to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith as expressed in the Westminster Confession. The Core Values express those doctrines in a practical application.
The Gospel is God’s power for salvation (Romans 1:16,17). It is not just the beginning point for entering into a relationship with God, but it is the way to address every problem and the means for growth at every step. The heart of the Gospel is this message: “Christ became sin for us, in order that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” (2Corinthians 5:7).
The people of God are called to work out their love and obedience to Him through a commitment to do justice and love mercy. God’s expectation for us to be an expression of His kingdom reign among the nations of the earth, especially caring for the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the immigrant.
God has the commitment to fulfill the work of His salvation through the Body of Christ working together through teams, with a gracious and Sovereignly distributed diversity of gifts. The fundamental issues of Team Ministry are rooted in believing the Gospel and building ministry out of prayer.
Jesus said “I pray…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you…I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one.” (John 17:20-22) God’s plan from Genesis to Revelation is for His people to be reconciled in Christ Jesus from every nation, ethic group, and social-economic background.
The Scriptures contain constant promises for God’s people. The covenantal context of the promises and their focus around the Gospel of the Kingdom enables sinful, sometimes disbelieving people to appropriate the promises by a faith that is focused on the trustworthiness of God, not on the strength or purity of the believer’s faith.
God is committed to advancing the work of His Kingdom and Church by deliberately leading us into places of humility and human weakness. The historical patterns of the Bible show how God wants us to embrace our weakness and learn humility in order that the glory of His salvation may shine more powerfully.
Closely related to weakness and humility, God uses trials to sanctify us, and fully equip us to do His will in any and every circumstance. Broad Scriptural patterns show God’s people the practical necessity of counting “it all joy whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2).