Our Distinctives

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT (OR NOT SO DIFFERENT).

Our Distinctives

what makes us different (or not so different).

We exist to exalt our Savior and build up one another in faith. Just like at the birth of the church, we desire to continue "steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2:42).

We are:
  • Christian
First and foremost, we are Christian. We believe that our creativity is better used in our praxis (our intentional application of Scripture) and not in our formulation of new doctrine. Therefore, we adhere to historic Christianity as represented by the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed.

  • Evangelical
We are Evangelicals. We stress obedience to Scripture, our ultimate authority. We believe that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection provided the ONLY means of redemption (Acts 4:12). Consequently, we call everyone to repentance and to be born again (from-above) followed by a life-long journey of sanctification by following our Lord, Jesus Christ.

  • Dispensationalist
We are dispensationalists. We believe that the only method to understand God's Word is by using a Literal Grammatical Historical Hermeneutics. We make a distinction between Israel in the Church in God's fulfillment of His promises. We believe that although salvation has always been by grace through faith, God required that man demonstrate that faith differently at different times.  Consequently, the church is not required to observe any parts of the Mosaic Law to obtain salvation (Galatians 3-4).

  • Pre-Millennial
We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth, to sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire cosmos, forever (Revelation 20:1-6; Luke 1:31-33; Isaiah 9:6-7).

  • Pre-Tribulational 
We believe the church will be delivered from the “hour of trial” which will come upon all who dwell on the earth, being “caught up” in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (the Rapture). (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, Revelation 3:10)

  • Complementarian
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them sinless, equal in value, dignity, and worth. Nevertheless, according to His purpose and design, God created them to fulfill distinct but complementary roles in the contexts of marriage, family, and the local church where God ordains exclusive male leadership (Genesis 1:26-28; Ephesians 5:22-6:4; 1 Timothy 3:1-7).

  • Non-denominational
Lastly, although we are not opposed to denominations, we are non-denominational. This means that although we have an oversight board, we are an independent local church and do not have an ecclesiastical structure outside of our local church.
This also means that although we have conviction and core beliefs including a statement of faith, we do not overly emphasize doctrines that only serve to divide the Body of Christ.