• That all of humankind was created in God's image, but chose to sin and rebel against God, which led to physical and spiritual death and being separated from God.
• That Jesus was the Almighty God manifest in the flesh (Colossians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 5:19) as the Lamb of God without sin to pay the price for the sins of mankind. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31; Luke 1:35), lived a sinless life (Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22;
2 Corinthians 5:17), died a substitutionary death on the cross for the sins of mankind
(1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21), rose from the dead on the third day. (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4), and was exalted to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Acts 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3)
We are masterpieces with a masterpiece mission.
We believe we were each created to be God’s masterpiece with a masterpiece mission that we fulfill with the unique gifts, passions, and stories He gives us. (Ephesians 2:10)
We do it with excellence or we don’t do it at all.
We believe that we are ambassadors and representatives of Jesus Christ, and understand that all we do reflects and represents Him. (Colossians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 10:31)
We dream big.
We believe in dreaming God-sized dreams because we know that God has incredible plans for us. Big dreams honor God. (Jeremiah 29:11)
We make disciples who make disciples.
We believe we are commanded to make disciples and preach the Gospel to all people. As people’s lives are transformed by the Gospel, they too preach the Gospel to their world. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Romans 10:13-15)
We fill every nook and cranny of our world with the fullness of Jesus.
We believe that we are the fullness of Christ. As we go into our world where we live, work, and play we fill every part of our world with the fullness of Jesus. (Ephesians 1:22-23)
We are better together.
We believe that biblical community is essential to growing in faith. We are incomplete without one another. We are individual parts of the Body of Christ that combine together to make up and build up the body of Christ. (Hebrews 10:25; Ephesians 4:11-17).
We give generously.
We believe that gave God His best to us through the finished work of Jesus on the Cross. We also believe that God blesses us to bless others. We give and serve with the best of the time, talent, and resources God has entrusted to us to impact the world around us. When we give, whether it be our time, talent, or resources, we are simply giving back to God and being good stewards of what is His. (John 3:16; Philippians 4:19; Matthew 25:14-30).
1. The teaching and studying of Scripture.
Jesus said that we are truly His disciples if we remain faithful to His teachings. Scripture is the fully inspired, inerrant Word of God that is useful for teaching us what is true, convicting and showing us what is wrong in our lives, correcting, and for training in righteousness. It is a light to our path lamp to our feet to guide us in the truth of Jesus (Acts 2:42; John 8:31; Psalm 119:105)
Prayer is one of three disciplines Jesus tells us should be active in the life of every believer. Prayer in Acts 2:42 and Matthew 6 is referring to come close towards God to exchange your wishes for God’s wishes at the altar. This is a close, intimate, and sacrificial action. (Acts 2:42; Mathew 6:5-15)
We were created for fellowship and community. God moves in and through the Body of Christ. Godly fellowship helps produce encouragement, accountability, power, motivation, and acts of love and good works. (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25)
4. The Lord’s Supper/Communion
Partaking in the Lord’s Supper allows us to remember what Jesus did for us, the covenant He made with us, and the covenant we are to be in with others in the Body of Christ. (Acts 2:42)
5. Giving to the poor
Giving to the poor and those in need is to be a discipline in the life of every believer. It is by giving and caring for the poor, needy, and least of these that we show we the love of Christ is actively at work within us. Jesus gave giving to the poor as a prerequisite to following Him. (Matthew 6:1-4; Isaiah 58; James 1:27; Matthew 25:31-46; Matthew 19:21)
Fasting is going without food and/or water for a set amount of time to seek the will of God. By denying ourselves our most essential physical need, we are emptying ourselves before God to be filled by Him. As we are filled by God, our hearts and minds are better aligned to Him and His will. There are certain things and situations in life that we will not receive victory or overcome without fasting. (Matthew 6:16-18; Matthew 17:21 NKJV)
7. Discipleship and Evangelism
We are commanded and empowered to go make disciples of all nations, cultures, civilizations, and systems of our society. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15)
Tithing (giving one-tenth/10%) is giving God the first and best of all our increase. By following the biblical example of bringing our tithe (one-tenth) into the storehouse (local church), we are honoring God with the first fruits of all our increase as we give our tithe to Him through the local church to help support the church, its God-given mission and purpose, and those appointed to lead and shepherd the local church. (Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10-12; Deuteronomy 12:11; Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42)
We value our time in worship together, but we realize that worship is so much more than what takes place on a Sunday morning. Worship is a lifestyle and our lives should be true to the words we proclaim through the songs we sing. Everything we do in life is to be done to bring glory and honor to God. God is not interested in mere lip service, but desires for our actions and the attitudes and motives of our hearts to be true before Him. (Romans 12:1-2; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 51:15-17)