Sufficiency of Scripture
We take the Bible as our authoritative and sufficient source of instruction for all of life and godliness. We strive to make the Bible the basis for all that we do and are always looking to the word of God, seeking to reform ourselves according to the plain teachings of Scripture.
In support of a high view of Scripture, we are a confessional church and take the 1689 London Baptist Confession as the best summary of our core beliefs. We also affirm A Biblical Confession for Uniting Church and Family authored by the National Center for Family Integrated Churches as a timely statement about the biblical order and unity of the family. We believe this confession summarizes our view that building up the family is crucial to the stability and health of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Christ-Centered, Expository Preaching
We believe that the pattern of scripture teaches us that preaching is to proclaim Christ. Whether from the old or new testament, we preach verse by verse through sections or whole books of the Bible, with periodic theme-oriented preaching – always governed by the Word. We believe that the story of all of the Bible points to the power of the risen Savior.
We do not systematize age segregation, but encourage families to worship together and fellowship together. Our church has no age-specific programs for youth, singles or seniors. Instead, we worship together.
Our church proclaims the Lordship of Jesus Christ, as such He is the head of the church. In His wisdom, He has chosen men to shepherd His flock. We recognize our pastors (elders) as under-shepherds, subject to Christ, accountable to the flock, and ruled by the Word. As office holders, they are called by God and affirmed by the congregation, to lead according the the Scripture’s commands. We recognize God’s gracious provision of deacons as the second office given to the church, to serve and meet the physical needs of the body. We recognize the vital wisdom of the congregation in decision making.
We encourage support of missions both domestically and internationally. We encourage families to support missionaries privately, and set aside a portion of our funds to support missions as a church. Our church also actively supports on-the-street mission work in our community and equips the congregation with training and materials.