There are a number of biblical convictions that even many gospel-centered churches disagree about. Though agreement with these distinctions is not necessary to attend or even to become a member, it should be noted that we will preach, teach, and counsel in accordance with these doctrinal convictions.
It’s God alone who initiates salvation. He does not respond to us; we respond to His initiative and calling on our lives. This calling was determined by Him before the world was ever created. He saves and secures us for salvation and we respond through faith only by His grace. Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension and sending of the Spirit are the object and means of our faith. It is only through him, because of him and in him that we come to be God’s people, experience salvation and have hope for final restoration. (John 1:12,13; Eph. 1:3-14; Phil. 1:29; 1 Thess. 2:13)
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see exercised in the Scriptures are still available today. They should be desired and practiced in submission to the Spirit speaking through the Scripture. We do not believe that any one gift in particular is necessary as evidence of the Spirit’s presence in the life of a believer. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4:1-16)
COMPLEMENTARY ROLES OF MEN & WOMEN
We believe that men and women are absolutely equal in essence, dignity and value. In God’s wise purposes, however, they are not simply interchangeable, but rather complement each other in mutually enriching ways. As a result, men and women have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the church and home. These role distinctions are God’s grace to men and women and are to be protected, preserved and practiced for His glory and for our joy. (1 Cro. 11:2-16; 14:33-35; Eph 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19; 1 Tim. 2:8-3:13; 1 Peter 3:1-7; Titus:1:5-9)
BELIEVER’S BAPTISM BY IMMERSION
We believe that baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ. Because it is the most clear definition of the original word baptism, immersion is what we practice. It best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ, and it’s the mode in which Jesus himself was baptized. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:1-11)