We believe in…
One true Almighty God, the Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit– full of love, mercy, justice and glory.
The divine inspiration, trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.
The dignity and value of all people on earth created in God’s image to live in love and holiness, but separated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt, and rightly subject to God’s wrath.
Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine, who alone lived a perfect life, who assumed the penalty due sinners by dying in our place on the Cross, and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended to Heaven as Savior and Lord.
Justification by God’s grace to all who repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
The indwelling presence and transforming power of God’s Holy Spirit, who gives to all believers a new life and calls all believers to follow the ways of Jesus, surrendering our own will to be obedient in service while filled with the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit.
The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ, exemplified in worshipping and witnessing churches making disciples throughout the world in accordance with Christ’s Great Commission.
The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ, who will judge all people with justice and mercy, giving over the unrepentant to eternal separation from God but receiving the redeemed into the eternal loving presence of God our Father in Heaven.
In addition to these core theological convictions, we are also convicted that the application of “absolute truth” regarding sexual teachings of the scripture must apply evenly to both majority and minority sexual sinners – as well as to non-sexual teachings of the scripture on sins such as gossip, greed, pride, and materialism.
While we believe that the Holy Scriptures forbid same-sex romantic and sexual relationships, we equally believe that the Holy Scriptures forbid any form of judgment or intolerance of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) persons. To the contrary, the teachings of Christ call us to radically love – and lay down our lives for – others.
Admittedly, some evangelical believers too quickly and casually accuse LGBT+ persons of being rebellious – or possessing a hard heart or blind spots – in failing to see how clearly the scriptures forbid such relationships. We are wise to humbly recognize that we too have “blind spots” that cloud our vision of how we fail to live in accordance with scripture.
We believe in theological or absolute truth that radically levels the playing field at the foot of the Cross. There are none righteous: no, not one. We all fall short and are in need of His grace not only for the sins of our past but also the sins we struggle with today – inclusive of those sins we do not see.
The Gospel is about what God has done for people like us – mere sinners. Thus, it is impossible to predetermine the eternal destination of those who sin in ways we do not. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 2:1-4 that we do the “same” (or similar) things.
Our Savior – Jesus Christ – is also Lord or Lords and King of Kings. He will not be mocked. We come to Him humbly because of our own sins; thus, we gladly extend Him to all others regardless of their sins.
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