Our Presuppositions and Declaratives
It's important to communicate what our basic tenants are as a church.
1. We are all fallen and in desperate need of the gospel of Jesus.
This is our only hope for eternal salvation, and the only power we have for taking up our cross daily to follow after Christ.
2. The Church (universal) is messy, and at times, even quite ugly.
We will work to create a church culture that is an environment of grace, acknowledging our fallenness but embracing the hope we have in Christ of being renewed day by day. A place where we receive the grace of God for ourselves and give the grace of God to others.
3. Our membership commitments to each other are goals, not rights.
The vision, mission, pursuits, and promises we will make to each other in membership are not “rights” one should expect, but rather goals that all members commit to work towards together.
4. Our church will major on the majors and minor on the minors.
There are godly people and churches which have other convictions with regard to the minors, or non-essentials. Concerning such issues we consider the possibility that we may find, either in this life or the next, that we’re mistaken. Therefore, while we will unapologetically teach and practice these things, we will also maintain a humble attitude concerning our position. We will view with a gracious attitude others who have other convictions than ours.