core Values & Distinctives

We exist to glorify God as a Christ-centered church faithfully committed to biblical literacy, expository preaching, loving God and people while making disciples whose lives revolve around Jesus Christ.

  • Bible  The authority of scripture

    The Bible is God's written revelation to man, inerrant in the original documents, infallible in all that it says and sufficient to instruct in all matters of faith and practice. Therefore, we submit to its authority and seek to order our church according to what the Bible says (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:19).

  • bullhorn  Expository Preaching

    Since the Bible is God's authoritative revelation to man, we are committed to exposing its meaning and heralding its message rather than our own (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 4:1-2; Hebrews 4:12).

  • Cross  A biblical view of conversion

    True salvation is not just the result of believing certain truths about God, salvation includes coming alive spiritually, and the result is knowing God. The Bible calls this regeneration. Jesus tells us that all people are born spiritually dead, spiritually blind, and spiritually alienated from God and that the solution is to be born again by the Holy Spirit. The result of the new birth (regeneration) is a life-altering transformation that changes a person in every way. Charles Spurgeon said that the new birth is "a change of the entire nature from top to bottom in all senses and respects." Once a person is born again, they practice righteousness, hate sin, love the Church, believe in Jesus Christ, overcome the world, and persevere in the faith. We want people to possess salvation rather than only profess to have it (James 2:19; John 17:3; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 4:17-18; Colossians 1:21; John 3:1-8; 1 John 2:29, 3:9, 4:7, 5:1, 5:4, 5:18).

  • Users  biblical eldership

    Biblically, the focal point of all church leadership is the elder. An elder is one of a plurality of biblically qualified men who jointly shepherd and oversee a local body of believers. The word translated "elder" is used nearly twenty times in Acts and the epistles in reference to this unique group of leaders who have responsibility for overseeing the people of God. We believe that healthy churches are led by a plurality of men who are above reproach, spiritually gifted and possess a deep concern for the well-being of God's people (Acts 20:17, 28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1-2).

  • Church  church membership

    The Church is not a building or a place we go. Instead, the Bible uses metaphors that describe the Church as an intimate community of believers that are devoted to the Apostles' teaching, fellowship, communion and prayer. We want people to be added to the local church rather than simply attending our services (Ephesians 2:19; Ephesians 5:30; 1 Corinthians 12:12; Acts 2:42).

  • Praying Hands  Devotion to Prayer

    Prayerlessness for the Christian is an oxymoron. J.C. Ryle wrote, “Not praying is a clear proof that a man is not yet a true Christian.”  Although the Bible gives us many reasons to pray, here are seven reasons why we are devoted to prayer: it is a great privilege, we depend upon the Lord, God is the supreme focus of our lives, we desire God’s will to be done, our physical lives are fragile, intimacy with God demands it, and we long to live holy lives (Matthew 6:5-13; Luke 18:1-8; Romans 8:15, 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).

  • bullhorn Persistence in evangelism

    The proclamation of the gospel to the unsaved is not only what the church should be praying for, but it is what the church should be practicing. Evangelism is God's means of leading people to genuine saving faith, and it is a prerequisite to his precept for making disciples. Therefore we hold this discipline in high regard and prioritize the persistent effort in evangelizing the lost until Jesus returns (Matthew 9:37-38; 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:11-15).

  • Helping Hands  intentional discipling

    To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus Christ who is learning to obey everything that He has commanded. When we say that we value intentional discipling, we mean that we are committed to helping one another fully obey Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:4; Colossians 1:10; 2 Peter 1:5-9).

  • Crown  christ-centered living

    We don't order our lives: God, family, friends, work, recreation, etcetera. Instead, we want Jesus to be first in everything. Jesus is first in our family, first in our jobs, first in our recreation, first in our affections, etcetera. We aim to give Jesus the first place in everything (Psalm 73:25; Matthew 22:37-38; Colossians 1:18; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 2:9-11).

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