We can be flexible with our systems and processes and have to constantly change our methods if we desire to be relevant in our community. But when it comes to our beliefs, these are the unchanging non-negotiables that ground us.
The Bible is God Inspired (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
God directed and inspired human authors in such a way that what they wrote was the very Word of God. And because the Scriptures are inspired by God, they are the ultimate authority for life.
God is the One True God and Jesus Christ is His Son (John 17:3)
There is one all powerful God that is the creator of Heaven and Earth. He loved us so much that he sent his Son so we can have a relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is fully God who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, taught truth, died on a cross, and resurrected from the dead. His same healing power is available for us today.
People Sin. God Saves (Romans 6:23)
We mess up and the Bible calls it sin. God created us in his own image, but we chose disobedience. We deserve death and separation from God, but by his grace through his Son Jesus we can be forgiven. By trusting God as our Lord and Savior, we can experience freedom and live an amazing life.
Communion and Water Baptism (Acts 2:41, 42)
There are two ways we can remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. Communion is memorial and a celebration. The eucharist consists of two elements: the bread helps reminds of his body and the cup reminds of his blood. The Bible encourages us to follow his example by being immersed in water as soon after we make a decision to follow him. It is a public way for us to show that we are changed.
One-Eighty Lifestyle (Romans 12:1, 2)
God welcomes us the way we are, but change begins to happen from the inside out. We stop living for ourselves and desire to glorify God by our actions and words.
The Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)
The baptism of the Holy Spirit gives us power to share the good news of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin. He gives us different gifts so we can build up the church and love others. The gifts of the spirit demonstrated in an orderly way are a beautiful and vital part of the church.
The Church (Ephesians 4:12)
The church is filled with authentic followers of Jesus who follow the New Testament church in its five purposes (Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Evangelism, and Ministry). The mission of the church is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
God's Plan for the End Times (1 Thes. 4:17)
The Bible says that Jesus will return to the earth to bring his followers to Heaven. There will be a final judgement in which the dead will be resurrected and judged. Everyone whose name is not in the Book of Life, will be separated for eternity in Hell. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be rewarded and spend eternity with other followers in Christ in Heaven.