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Beliefs and Values

What We Believe


We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things.He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy. The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and Man and is the only one who can reconcile us to God. And every time we partake of communion, we remember Jesus lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross to show his love for us, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.


We believe sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. In order to receive forgiveness, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives. God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and empowered lives in order to help others more effectively. In order to live the holy, fruitful, and power-filled lives God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water, with our mind on Him and His purpose, and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Church

We believe God has individually equipped us and corporately gathered us as His living body (the Church) so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives, which is to worship Him and lovingly engage our community and the world with His Gospel.


We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. It is authoritative, relevant, and applicable to our lives. The Bible is foundational for all we believe.


We believe in the sanctity of life. As imago dei (people who bear the image of God), we see life as a gift form God to be valued and protected. From the womb to the tomb, every human is precious and carries value in the Kingdom of God.


We believe that marriage is an institution established by the divine wisdom of God at the dawn of creation. By His initial design, man and woman complete His divine image in humankind. Therefore, the marital covenant is seen to be not only monogamous but to be a permanent union to be lived out with sacrificial love, humility, intimacy, and resolve/determination.

Blessed Hope

We believe Jesus Christ is coming back again to establish His Kingdom, the resurrection of the body and the final judgement. We believe and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever.

What We Value

Everyone is significant – We endeavor to love people like God loves people. Everyone has purpose and a place.

We are contributors – We are here to serve, not be served. This is a community of opportunity, not a club.

God works in community – We don’t do life alone. Healthy relationships are at the heart of all we do.

We look to celebrate – From big to small things, God is up to good and we take notice.

Growth requires change – We embrace change as essential for personal and church community growth.

We live intentionally – We intentionally focus our time, money and energy to make it simple to find and follow Jesus. 

We are a part of the Assemblies of God fellowship

The 16 Fundamental Truths are beliefs of the Assemblies of God.

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