and "denominations", We find unity in the following priorities:
We focus on Jesus, who He is and what He has done, not on who we are, what we have done or will do for God. The gospel should be at the center of what every Christian believes and how we live because the gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Romans 1:16). The Gospel is what saves us and sustains us.
The Bible is very clear that our calling as Christians is to Go and make followers of Christ and to preach the gospel to all of creation. (Mark 16:15; Matt 28:18-20) We want to be people who are joyfully obedient to "Go" and not be content to stay where we are comfortable.
Disciples make disciples. We desire that our people be actively engaged in the ongoing process of growing in Christ while in community with other believers. The primary way we live this out is through small groups. (UGroups).
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. 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 1:13-14; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
Humanity is made in the spiritual image of God to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although people have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates people from God. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Eternity is how long we were created to exist with God. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence. John 3:16; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15
Salvation is by grace, through faith. It is a gift from God to all people. We can never make up for our sins by self- or good works. We are saved from sin’s penalty by trusting in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice as God’s offer of forgiveness improvement. We show our faith publicly through baptism. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
God’s Word to all people, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Men and women, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move to significant engagement in family, church, and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church. In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ, lead in the areas of their gifting, and to be developed to their full potential in the ministries of the people of God. The spiritual leadership role of elder within the church being reserved for qualified men is grounded in scripture. Ephesians 5:22-33; Genesis 1:1-31; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Corinthians 11:8-9; Titus 1:5-9
The Church is the body of Christ on earth. It exists to communicate the good news of new life in Jesus Christ to the world, to teach his followers to obey his teachings, and to equip his followers for ministry. The church is made up of those who have placed their faith in Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:10; Ephesians 4:11-14; Acts 2:38