WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

We invite you to come as you are. Bring your doubts, wear whatever you want, and know that we are a church full of real people seeking to be real with God and with one another.

What should I wear?
Wear whatever you want. Mostly, you'll see people dressed causally, wearing even jeans and flip flops, but you may find a few dressed in dresses, suits and ties. Just be comfortable!

What should I expect when I get there?
Get ready to experience church in a different way. You'll find a wide range of praise and worship styles. Our 9:30 AM worship time features time-honored hymns and southern gospel music. Our 11:00 AM worship time features a blend of contemporary praise and worship with updated hymns. God's Word is regarded as absolute and delivered in a creative way, but it is never watered down. We seek to be relevant to today's world and to honor God with excellence in the worship experience.

What will my kids do?
Each week, we have an exciting kid's program from infants through 5th grade. Children enjoy age-appropriate games, learning activities and music in a safe environment. Check in your preschoolers at Children's Church and your elementary aged children will enjoy Junior Church when the choir leaves the stage.

What about my teens?
Teens will enjoy the relevant, energetic worship experience with you. There are also Bible Study groups on Sunday mornings for your students to dig deeper into God's Word and to build relationships with others, as well as Sunday nights at 6:00 PM. Most of our students attend worship at 11:00 AM and participate in a Bible Study group at 9:45 AM. Students also have a special time of worship just for them each Wednesday night at 7:00 PM in the Chapel.

What if I would like to talk with someone about spiritual things?
Each Sunday morning, our buildings are staffed with caring people who listen to you, explain how to become a Christian or pray with you. They will offer encouragement and care.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Below you will find our statement of faith. You will see that our beliefs are divided up into two sections - We have some common beliefs that unite us, these are the things that are essential to our faith. We have non-essential beliefs, things in which we have the freedom to search the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us to form our own opinions about certain things. You will find listed our essential beliefs and why they are essential to us, what you do not find listed are areas in which each one of us should search God's Word and follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

To sum up what we believe, we believe that in all things we are to show love and kindness to one another.

OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
In essential beliefs - we have unity.
"There is one Body and one Spirit… there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all" Eph. 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs - we have liberty.
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22

In all our beliefs - we show clarity.
 "If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all." 1 Cor. 13:2 (Ph)

THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE
1. About God
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

2. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13

3. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galations 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

4. About The Bible
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

5. About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3.23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

6. About Salvation
Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galations 3:26; Romans 5:1

7. About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

8. About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9