Mission Statement & Beliefs
Growing into the likeness of Jesus by obeying God at His word, for the right reasons
As followers of Jesus, we gather consistently as an expression of God’s Church to make known that Jesus is the Christ. Our Sunday worship services are times of equipping and encouragement to be disciple makers and witnesses for Jesus Christ in our every day lives and to our sphere of influence.
We believe the Gospel , or Good News, proclaimed by the Apostles, which is summarized as follows:
This Good News was prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) , which are God’s words to His Church, as part of His eternal plan to bless the families of the earth through Abraham and the house of David, culminating in the New Covenant, in which forgiveness of sin, sanctification in Christ, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who binds all disciples of Jesus our Lord.
This Good News was fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, the only begotten Son of God, the seed of David, the King of Kings, born of the Spirit in the flesh.
Jesus the Messiah was baptized by John, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, He went around proclaiming the Gospel of grace around the lands of Galilee and Jerusalem, establishing the Kingdom of God on earth.
Jesus lived a sinless life, yet we (humanity) crucified him by hanging him on a tree. Jesus took our curse of sin upon himself, yet God raised him from the dead on the third day, and was seen by many people. His resurrection allows us to have fellowship with God that was lost due to sin. (Deuteronomy 21:23, Galatians 3:13).
Jesus the Messiah will come again to judge both the living and the dead. He will establish His kingdom once and for all which he shall rule without end. (2 Tim 4:1, Revelation 11:15)
Those who hear this Good News, believe, repent and follow the Messiah receive forgiveness of sin and are sealed with the Holy Spirit, who is the pledge of their inheritance, as they eagerly await the Savior’s return. These followers continue to do his work of the Kingdom of God through the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit today until Jesus’ return. (Galatians 1:1-5, 3:1-18, 1 Corinthians 15, Romans 1:1-7, 4:24-25, Ephesians 1:1-3:21, Colossians 1:9-10, 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 1:1-5)
We believe that there is only one message of Good News and that each person who places his trust in the faithfulness in the person and work of the Messiah alone for the forgiveness of sins is forgiven once and for all. Furthermore, he or she is made permanently a child of God and part of the Messiah’s Church, which is all a gift of God’s grace and mercy. (Ephesians 1:1-14, 2:1-10, Colossians 1:9-14, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17, Romans 5, Romans 8)
We believe that the Church of Jesus the Messiah is made up of those God drew to Himself and have received the message of grace through faith. Those who have been redeemed will be baptized, signifying their identification with Jesus and His believing community, the Church. (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:44-48, Romans 6:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13)
We believe that once a disciple has been identified with Jesus and his Church through faith in action, that they do mature over time and become useful members of the local body (church) (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:44-48, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
We believe that each believer should celebrate Communion regularly with the Church. In doing so, the believer not only remembers the work of Jesus, but identified with the Lord and His body, the Church. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)
We believe that God revealed His plan for the Church in the epistles and that the Apostles expected the churches to follow their instructions. (Ephesians 3:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2, 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 3:6, 1 Timothy 3:14-16, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2.2, 3:9-10, Jude 3, 17)
We believe that this teaching can be summarized as follows:
Each new believer is instructed to lay aside his or her old life, renew his or her mind in this teaching, and conform his or her new life to the will of God. (Ephesians 4:22-24; Romans 12:1-2)
Spiritual growth (Sanctification) is an inward work of the Holy Spirit, which characterizes each believer. (Galatians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:12, 1 Peter 1:1-11)
Individual households must be ordered properly, consistent with God’s created design. (Ephesians 5:22-6:9, Colossians 3:18-4:1, 1 Peter 3:1-7)
God’s household, the Church, must be properly ordered according to sound doctrine that was received from the Messiah through the Apostles. (1 Timothy 3:14-16, Titus 1:5-2:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 3:6, Ephesians 3:1-13, Colossians 1:24-29)
Each believer must be committed to do his or her part, in one-another ministry and specifically in the use of his or her gifts, in the building up of the Church. (Romans 12:3-16, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
A pattern of relationships within the Church must be observed–characterized by love, brotherhood, mutual acceptance, and respect–in which each is to diligently pursue unity in the bond of peace. (Romans 12:9-15, 14:1-7, Philippians 1:27-2:4, Ephesians 4:1-6)
A pattern of relationships in the world must be observed–characterized by respect for government, employees, and other authorities, through love and good deeds towards neighbors and those in need. (Romans 13:1-7, Titus 2:14, 3:1, 3:14, James 2:14-26)
Individuals must lead responsible and sober lives–working hard, providing for their own, making the most of the time, helping those in need, and keeping on the alert for the Evil One and his strategies in their lives. (Ephesians 5:1-22, 6:10-18, 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15, 1 Peter 5:6-11)
We believe that all matters concerning the life and beliefs of the churches are to be settled by the Bible, the Word of God; and though the churches are to be guarded and protected by elders gifted as pastors and teachers, all are subject to the authority of the biblical text. (1 Timothy 4:1-16, 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 2:14-15, 3:16, 4:1-4, Titus 1:5-15, 2:1, 2:15, 2 Peter 3:14-18, Jude 3, 17)
We believe that the Church is at the center of God’s eternal purposes and that God is displaying His infinite and eternal wisdom to the entire universe through it. (Ephesians 3:1-13)
We believe that Jesus' mission is to build His Church and that nothing will overcome His plan. (Matthew 16:13-20)
We believe that the Church is the pillar and support of the truth. This truth has been delivered definitively once and for all through the Apostles and that the Church is the faithful only to the degree that it guards this truth in its beliefs and actions. (1 Thessalonians 3:15, 1 Timothy 3:14-16, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 3:10-11, 3:14, 2 Peter 3:1-2, Jude 3, 17)
We believe that the Lord's strategy for building his Church is through the joyful, ever expanding, Spirit-empowered multiplication of self-supporting, self-propagating, self-governing communities of Christians maturing in Christ and furthering the Good News of Jesus the Messiah. (Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:8, 13:1-4, 14:19-23, 20:28-32, 1 Timothy 3:14-16, Titus 1:5-9)
We believe that the Church of Jesus the Messiah is made up those who are drawn by God and have received the message of the Good News of God’s favor. Those who have been repented will be baptized, signifying their identification with Jesus and His believing community, the Church. (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:44-48, Romans 6:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13)