March 17, 2015

Our Vision

We believe …

  • The Holy Scrip­tures of the Old and New Tes­ta­ments in their entirety are God’s Word. It is the stan­dard by which we are to order our lives, express our faith, and func­tion as a community.
  • Sal­va­tion is nec­es­sary, because human­ity has fallen from its ini­tial cre­ated estate of per­fect rela­tion­ship with God the Father; that sal­va­tion is found in Jesus Christ alone, who is the only begot­ten Son of God and the only means by which peace can be had with the Father through faith; that faith itself and all other ben­e­fits of sal­va­tion are applied and strengthed by the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • As part of Christ’s body (the Church), we are com­mit­ted to wor­ship­ping the Father by means of Word and Sacra­ment on the Lord’s Day, and by our man­ner of life and faith in the world on every other day, as we are empow­ered by the Holy Spirit.
  • Noth­ing of sig­nif­i­cance hap­pens in God’s King­dom in the absence of prayer. There­fore, we seek to make prayer a pri­or­ity ask­ing the Lord to lead, restore, heal and trans­form our lives, our churches, our com­mu­ni­ties, and the world.

These are essen­tial marks that shape our iden­tity and guide our actions:

  • Com­mit­ment to Jesus Christ: We believe that sal­va­tion is found in Jesus Christ alone. He is the only begot­ten Son of the Liv­ing God. Through Him, all who come to Him by faith and repent of their sins, receive for­give­ness through Christ’s death on the Cross and live in new­ness of life through the trans­form­ing power of the Holy Spirit. This new life of faith is to be marked by a joy­ful obe­di­ence to Jesus Christ, to God’s Word, and to the lead­ing of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 16:15 – 16; Eph­esians 2:4 – 10;2 Corinthi­ans 5:21; Gala­tians5:22 – 25).
  • Author­ity of Scrip­ture: We believe that the Holy Scrip­tures of the Old and New Tes­ta­ments in their entirety is God’s Word, and is the stan­dard by which we are to order our lives, express our faith, and func­tion as a com­mu­nity (2 Tim­o­thy 3:16 – 17).
  • Evan­ge­lism: We believe that we are to live our lives, to make dis­ci­ples, and to grow our churches in a man­ner that expresses the lov­ing and long­ing heart of God for those who are sep­a­rated from Jesus Christ and His Church (Matthew 9:12 – 13; Luke 15;1 Tim­o­thy4:1 – 5).
  • Authen­tic Rela­tion­ships: We are com­mit­ted to one another in a fel­low­ship which expresses the love, for­give­ness, and unity of God as revealed in the rela­tion­ship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are there­fore com­mit­ted to hold­ing our­selves account­able before God and to one another (John 13:34; 1 John 4:11 – 21).
  • Wor­ship: We are com­mit­ted to wor­ship in Word and Sacra­ment, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our wor­ship — in glo­ri­fy­ing God — is to be authen­tic and mean­ing­ful to our cul­tural set­ting while remain­ing within the breadth of our Angli­can Tra­di­tion (John 4:23 – 24;1 Corinthi­ans 11:23 – 26; Acts 17:22 – 24).
  • Ser­vant Min­istry: We believe that every Chris­t­ian is cre­ated for min­istry, gifted for min­istry and needed for min­istry. We are, there­fore, com­mit­ted to equip, empower and release each mem­ber of Apos­tles to use their spir­i­tual gifts to glo­rify God and to build up the Body of Christ (Romans 12: 1 Corinthi­ans 12 – 14).
  • Sac­ri­fi­cial Giv­ing: We believe that we are to be gen­er­ous with our time, gift­ing and money as we share with those in need, sup­port the work of God among us, and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 John 3:17 – 18; Ezra 2:68 – 69; Acts 2:44 – 47). In par­tic­u­lar, we com­mit to strive toward bib­li­cal finan­cial stew­ard­ship [the Bib­li­cal stan­dard of the tithe].
  • Bib­li­cal Lead­er­ship: We are com­mit­ted to iden­ti­fy­ing and train­ing lead­ers who are com­mit­ted to Jesus Christ and to reach­ing their gen­er­a­tion with the gospel. This will require of them an authen­tic faith, godly char­ac­ter, and a servant’s heart (Luke 22:27; Romans 12;1 Corinthi­ans 12 – 13).
  • Expec­tant Prayer: We believe that noth­ing of sig­nif­i­cance hap­pens in God’s King­dom in the absence of prayer. There­fore, we com­mit to mak­ing prayer a pri­or­ity — invit­ing God to lead, restore, heal and trans­form our lives, our churches, our com­mu­ni­ties and the world (John 14:15 – 31; Luke 11:1 – 13).

What We Believe About The Bible

We believe in the faith that has been received and car­ried on by the one, holy, and catholic church through­out the cen­turies. Most impor­tantly, this includes a com­mit­ment to:

  • The Bible as the revealed Word and Will of God the Father, the ulti­mate and absolute truth by which we order our lives,
  • The truth that in the Bible, Jesus Christ is demon­strated to be the unique Son of God, in whom sal­va­tion is found alone, through His sac­ri­fi­cial death and pow­er­ful res­ur­rec­tion, and,
  • The truth that the Spirit of Holi­ness is fur­ther revealed to be the sole means of both engen­der­ing faith and keep­ing it alive.