We Make Disciples Who Plant The Church
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
We make disciples who plant the church.
This is the focus Jesus made explicit in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). A disciple is a follower, a learner who applies what he learns from his master, to every area of life. Discipleship is a life-long process. The discipleship journey begins far from Christ and leads us to maturity and multiplication. We can not be a mature disciple who observes all Jesus commanded without making disciples. Maturity demands mission.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
Gospel Worship— For the delight of the Triune God who does all things well
Gospel Truth— Revealed decisively through the Bible
Gospel Identity— We are who God says we are
Gospel Community— Reflecting Christ through transformed relationships
Gospel Generosity— Stewards of all things God entrusts to us
Gospel Mission— Strategically placed for gospel advance through the church
Gospel Hope— Rejoicing in the God who will restore all things to Himself
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5
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And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
The Word of God
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original writing, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21; Mk 13:31; Jn 8:31-32; 20:31; Acts 20:32) 2.
There is only one true God, and God exists in three persons. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are equally deserving of worship and honor. The three persons of the Trinity have distinct, but complementary, roles in the fulfillment of God’s flawless plan. (Gen 1:1,26; Deut. 6:4; Matt 28:19; Jn 1:1,3; 4:24; Rom 1:19-20; Eph 4:5-6) 3.
The Father - The Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is infinite (having no beginning or end), yet He wants to interact with every person on a personal level. The Father is perfect in every quality and virtue. He has the power and integrity to keep all of His promises. (Matt 23:9; Lk 10:21-22; Jn 3:16;6:27; Rom 1:7; 1 Tim 1:1-2; 2:5-6; 1 Pet 1:3; Rev 1:6) 4.
The Son - Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity. He is the unique Son of God who always existed with the Father. Jesus entered human history; God became man, and was born to Mary while she was still a virgin. Jesus was born and lived free from sin. He performed miracles and taught with authority, giving evidence of His position in the Trinity. Jesus was murdered by being nailed to a cross. He died willingly and His blood provides the perfect and only sacrifice for sin. Jesus was buried in a tomb. Three days after His death He came back to life, demonstrating the greatest evidence that His sacrifice for sin was accepted by the Father. Jesus returned to heaven and intercedes for the Church in the presence of the Father. (Matt 1:18-25; 20:28; Lk 1:26-38; Jn 1:1; 20:28,30-31; Acts 1:11; Rom 5:6-8; 6:9-10; 2 Cor 5:21; Eph 1:4-5; 1 Pet 2:21-24; Heb 7:25; 9:28) 5.
The Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is the One who shows every person how they violate God’s standard of perfection. He reveals what is good and right and that there will some day be a judgment. He lives in each person who experiences spiritual birth. He gives spiritual life and special abilities for service. He is consistent in His help, teaching God’s people and bringing life-change from the inside out. (Jn 3:6-8; 14:14-26; 15:26-27; 16:7-14; Rom 8:8, 13-14, 26; 12:4-8; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:11,19; 12:1-31; Gal 4:29; 5:18; Eph 3:16; 4:1-13; 2 Thess 2:13; 2 Tim 1:7; Tit 3:5; Rom 15:16)
Every person has broken God’s standard of perfection. Every person has sinned in two ways: First, each person has willingly chosen to do things that defy God’s holy standard. Second, each person has inherited an inner nature from our forefathers that has been in violation of God’s standard since the first person, Adam. Sin requires death, which is why Jesus died on the cross. Jesus gave His own blood to provide the only way of forgiveness. It is the role of the Holy Spirit to reveal that the blood of Jesus Christ is the only satisfactory price for sin. The Spirit also gives power to turn from sin and trust Jesus Christ for new life, which brings a person forever into God’s family. We believe those who turn from sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are given new and eternal life. (Gen 1:26; 2:17; 3:19; 5:2; Psa 51:7; Prov 28:13; Ecc 2:11; Jer 17:9; Jn 1:12-13; 3:14; 5:24,30; 8:12; 10:26-28; Rom 3:19-20; 5:19; 8:1-17; 9:14-24; 2 Cor 5:17; 2 Thess 1:9; 2:13; Tit 3:5-7; 1 Jn 1:9; Jam 1:14; Rev 20:10, 14-15; 21:1-8) 7.
The Church is people and includes everyone who has experienced spiritual birth through faith in Jesus Christ. Those who are followers of Jesus Christ also come together in order to worship, serve and grow together. We grow in relationship to God through the study and application of His Word, which also leads us to love one another. Jesus is head of the Church. The Church is to do the things Jesus gave us to do and help others learn about the Good News of forgiveness and life in Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8; 2:41-42; Eph 2:19-22; 5:19-21; Col 1:18; Heb 10:23-25) Faith Community Church — Doctrinal Statement 8.
How Christians Should Live
Christians have the privilege of living free of the control of sin that trapped us before the Holy Spirit gave us new life. We now make progress in living in a way that makes God happy, maintains our freedom and lets others know God does change lives! It is for our best that we learn to live what the Bible teaches. As we grow, we will see God changing our character to be more like the character of Jesus. People around us will see that God really is good. (Jn 14:15, 23-24; Rom 12:1-2; 1 Cor 10:31; 2 Cor 9:6-13; Eph 4:13; Col 1:9-10, 28; Heb 12:1-2; 1 Jn 2:3-6) 9.
This practice declares what God has already done in us. Baptism parallels Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. The believer is “buried” or submerged in water, symbolizing death to the old way of life, and then brought up out of he water demonstrating resurrection and new life in Christ. (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-42; 8:36-39; Rom 6:1-11)
Communion / The Lord’s Supper
This is meant to help us remember that Jesus died for our forgiveness. The family of God shares bread, which is symbolic of Jesus’ body; and wine (or juice), which is symbolic of Jesus’ blood. The Bible tells us to continue this memorial until He returns. (Matt 26:26-29; Mk 14:22-25; Lk 22:17-20; 1 Cor 10:16-17; 11:23-26) 10.
We Have Been Given Freedom and Made Accountable
When any person comes to faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in that person and will teach him/her according to the Bible. Each person can speak and relate directly to God and is accountable to God. The local church also has freedom and accountability before God and should not be controlled by any authority other than Jesus Christ. (Acts 5:29; 20:28-32; Rom 14:7-9; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19- 20; Eph 2:22; 2 Cor 3:7-18; Col 1:18; 1 Tim 2:5) 11.
Restoring All Things
Some day Jesus Christ will make a glorious visible return to earth and His kingdom will be brought to fulfillment without end. Every person who has ever lived will be brought before God for a final judgment. Those who have not come to faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ, will suffer eternal conscious punishment in hell, where there is nothing but evil and endless suffering. Those who have experienced spiritual birth (see #6) will live in the blessed presence of God forever, where all things are made new. (Matt 16:27; Mk 14:62; Jn 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor 4:5; 15:20-24,35-58; Phil 3:20; 1 Thess 4:14-18; 2 Thess 1:6-10; 2 Tim 4:1; Tit 2:13; Rev 20:4-15)