WHO WE ARE
This is who we are.
This is who we are.
Having just seen their Savior Jesus die on the cross, come back from the dead, and ascend into heaven, those who had followed Him on earth waited for what was next. In the book of Acts, Chapter 2, we see the arrival of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. The church as Jesus intended it to be.
What follows in the New Testament is a story of a church that was a dynamic community of followers of Jesus Christ. They were devoted together to God, to one another and to all. They were devoted together to the teaching of the apostles and to the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were devoted together to the needs of each other and to others. They were an ethos of apprenticeship.
Today, we are striving to restore the church that started in Acts 2. We are founded on 3 simple principles:
VISION IN ACTS 2
v.42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
v.43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
It all starts here. The church in Acts 2 recognized this and centered everything around God. Specifically on the Gospel message. Why?
Because there is nothing more powerful and transforming in the world than the gospel of Jesus Christ. The early church understood this and so do we. All that we do, all that we are, our entire lives should be devoted to God and a reflection of Jesus Christ. It all centers around Jesus. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” This is the greatest commandment. In order to become this, we are committed to Biblical teaching, to Christian fellowship with one another, to communion, to prayer and worship to God. A church who invites all, as God calls all, and a church full of joy and awe for an extraordinary God who makes ordinary people extraordinary. This is what we strive to be, the church as Christ intended.
VISION IN ACTS 2
v.44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
v.46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
The church in Acts 2 was a unique and powerful community. It was a community devoted to their pursuit of God, as well as their devotion to loving one another. They worshipped together, they met together, they ate together. They had all things in common, because they were following Jesus together. They understood that the second greatest commandment was “Love your neighbor as yourself” And they lived it. In the same way today, we believe that once we learn to Love God we are able to truly Love One Another. We see one another not just as another person in the church on Sundays, but rather we see and love one another as Jesus did. We view each other as family, for Christ’s blood runs through us all. We believe together, we serve together, we eat together, we do life together. We are devoted to one another as family, This is what we strive to be, the church as Christ intended.
VISION IN ACTS 2
v.45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
v.47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
It would have been easy for the church in Acts 2 to isolate themselves from the rest of the world in their tight inner circle of fellow believers. But they didn’t. They were an ethos of apprentices of Jesus Christ. They understood Jesus’ words when he said, “GO, and make disciples of all nations” and “I am SENDING you as my Father has sent me”. Far too often, today’s church looks more like a country club than the church in Acts 2. Christ died so that all may receive salvation, yet His blood only covers those who believe. He has given this message to His church to proclaim to the world. And that is our desire, to show the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Not just tell them, SHOW them. To reflect it in our lives; by Listening, by Serving, by Helping, by Giving, by Loving and in how we treat ALL of God’s creation. We are committed to showing Jesus to the world. This is what we strive to be, the church as Christ intended.
Our mission statement can be summed up in one word: LOVE.
Vertical reach to touch God. We reach up through worship.
Love One Another:
Horizontal reach to bless others.We serve God by serving each other.
Outward reach to can change the world. We have to be bold and courageous. Jesus commanded us to go into the entire world and present the good news.
We believe that there is one God who exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that God the Father Almighty is the Creator and Ruler of all things, both visible and invisible, and that He has revealed Himself to all mankind.
(Genesis 1:1-2; Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1; James 1:17; John 1:1; 14:9; 16-24; 2 Peter 1:21; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3)
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s one and only Son who was born both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary. We believe that Jesus lived a sinless life then suffered and died, being crucified on a cross, offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. He was then buried and rose from the dead after three days demonstrating His power over sin and death. He then ascended into heaven, to the right hand of God, and will return to earth one day to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(John 1:14; 1 John 4:9; John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18; Matthew 21:11; 24:36-42; John 19:19; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38; 1 Peter 1:22; Luke 23:1-46; Luke 23:44 – 24:8; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1; John 14:1-3; Acts 1: 10-11; 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity, who influences the lives of unbelievers and who comes to live within every believer. The Holy Spirit provides the power for living, the understanding of spiritual truth and the guidance in life for the purpose of increasing the Christ-like character of every Christian.
(John 14:16-17; 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14)
We believe that the Bible is God’s Holy Word written to all mankind. We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the original writings of the Bible and therefore they were written without error and are completely trustworthy. We accept the Bible as the supreme authority for all matters of faith and practice.
(Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe that every human being is created in the image of God, but through the sin of Adam, death and sin entered the world and marred all creation. We believe that all have sinned against God, separating them from the Creator, and are without hope apart from Jesus Christ.
(Genesis 1:27; 2:7; 16-17; 3:1-24; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:1; Romans 3:23)
We believe that salvation cannot be earned, but is given to us by God’s grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that we must respond in faith to God and that authentic faith is an active, living faith made known in our believing and confessing the truth about Jesus, turning away from sin (repenting), trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord, and being baptized (immersed) into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
(Romans 5:1-11, 6:1-4; 23; Ephesians 2:8-10; Hebrews 10:19-22; 1 Peter 1:18, 19; 1 John 1:7; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:23; 6:1-4; Titus 3:3-7; Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9, 10; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19, 17:30; Romans 10:11-13, Philippians 2:11)
We believe that the local church is the living, breathing body of Christ on earth. It is made up of those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, who are devoted together to growing in Christ through Biblical teaching, authentic fellowship and passionate worship. We believe that these same Christians are also devoted together to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, neglecting no one, loving and serving all those they cross paths with.
(Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-14; Matthew 28:18-20)