We believe that, upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, a believer becomes part of His body, which is the one universal church, composed of all those throughout the world who trust Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scriptures call believers to gather in local assemblies to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of ordinances (baptism and communion) and fellowship. Each of us, as part of this gathering of believers, is also called to develop and use our talents and gifts, to build up the church, to share the message of the gospel and to accomplish God’s Kingdom purposes in the world (Ephesians 5:23; Romans 12:1; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Matthew 28:18-20; Hebrews 10:23-25).
Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. The church’s members are to work together in love and unity, under the oversight of elders and other supportive leadership, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ (Ephesians 4:15-16).
We believe that the good news of Christ is for everyone, so we commit ourselves to ongoing ministry outside of the church, seeking to share the gospel and make disciples in our city and around the world (Matthew 28:19-20). Christ calls us to love our neighbors, so we respond through actively seeking ways to serve and care for those who are in need in our community and beyond (Matthew 25:35-40; Mark 12:30-31).