1. Approach to the Scriptures:
--We recognize the ancient manuscripts of the Bible as God's Word. (2 Timothy 3:16).
--We attempt to understand the original meaning of these Scriptures in their historical and biblical context.
--We work to derive timeless, cultureless, principles from this understanding.
--We rely upon the Spirit to help us apply these principles to ourselves in our culture (Ephesians 1:17-19).
--We use a variety of English Bible translations, commentaries, and study helps, recognizing them as human attempts to better understand His word.
knowledge is important to us. So we strive to have an
excellent Bible learning program (2 Timothy 2:15).
2. Priesthood of ALL Believers:
--We believe every Christian is a priest (1 Peter 2:4-12).
--Every Christian has the privilege to come before the throne of grace and connect to God. We have no clergy or laity (Hebrews 4:14-16).
--All men and women are called to serve before God as his priests. In worship any Christian can lead prayer, read scripture, preach or offer Communion (Acts 2:17-18).
--We believe in open communion; everyone is invited to participate (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).
want people to be honest in their search for God, so we attempt to
create an atmosphere which is open to questions and expressions of
other points of view.
3. A cappella Music:
--We mostly sing with a cappella music (without musical instruments) This practice beautifully demonstrates the concept of the priesthood of believers in a real way; we all sing.
--We also believe it is a dynamic model for unity; we all sing with differing abilities, we sing different parts, but we all sing the same song.
--We hold singing without instruments as a part of our heritage and value it as a cherished tradition.
4. Family Model of Worship:
--We have chosen a “Family” model of worship to express our praise to God. We strive to create an atmosphere of interconnection with each other as we connect to God in worship.
--We attempt to create an informal, welcoming family atmosphere.
--Kids are often "distractions" but we believe the kids own the kingdom.
--We laugh, cry, sing, praise and express thanks as a family of God. There are special times during our assemblies to share joys and sorrows with the family (Ephesians 2:19-22).
5. Congregational Autonomy:
--Our congregation is independent. We do not have any denominational organization.
--We have elders, chosen from the congregation, who oversee and serve our congregation (Acts 20:28). They are our spiritual leaders.
--Our paid staff are not elders or pastors, but each has ministerial responsibilities to teach, preach and minister to the church family.
--We baptize by immersion in water (Acts 8:26-39).
--We baptize believers who confess their faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
--We baptize the believer as soon as he or she is ready.
--We do not baptize infants. We do have a “Baby Dedication Service” to encourage parents and the congregation to make a commitment to dedicate the children to God.
--Because of our family model of worship, our building is designed to be used for a variety of functions including education, fellowship and worship.
--We strive to keep our facilities presentable, safe, clean, fun, and available as tools for carrying out this emphasis.