What are your primary beliefs?
At the core of our doctrine is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is our primary passion, both in our corporate church life and in our daily lives. We are active and intentional about being a cross-centered, gospel-centered church. Surrounding this core is an emphasis on sound doctrine. We describe our church as being essentially Reformed in doctrine and charismatic in practice, biblically defined. Above all, we desire these convictions to inspire a passion for the local church, the context where all believers are to grow in holiness, be equipped for service, and bear witness to the saving grace of God. To see our full statement of faith, click here.
What denomination are you?
We are non-denominational; however, we belong to a family of churches called Sovereign Grace Churches. The distinction between a denomination and a family of churches is not simply semantic. Denominations are often seen as being defined, in large part, by specific legal or organizational structures that join individual churches together. However, as a family of churches, at the heart of Sovereign Grace is not structure, but broad doctrinal agreement growing out of a shared passion, especially among the pastors and other leaders, for the centrality of the gospel and a shared passion for starting, establishing, and strengthening local churches with the gospel, for God’s glory. For more information, please visit the Sovereign Grace Churches website.
What do you mean by “kingdom-focused” and “cross-centered?”
“Kingdom-focused” means that as a church we seek to keep in view that the Kingdom of God came to earth through Jesus Christ, and that it continues to grow as the lives of men and women are transformed through the preaching of the gospel and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Further, it means that we see all of life as belonging to God so we can consciously live our lives as citizens of the kingdom of God, seeking to be salt and light wherever we are and in whatever we do (Matthew 5:13-14).
By “cross-centered” we mean that, as a local church, the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross is the matter of first and central importance to us (1 Corinthians 15:3). All that we are as a church, and all that we do as a church, is informed by and centered upon the reality of “Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
Are you Jehovah’s Witnesses?
No, we are not! We are an evangelical, bible believing church. Unfortunately, some people wrongly think we are Jehovah’s witnesses because of the word “kingdom” in our church’s name. This is regrettable because “kingdom” is an important Bible word, not a Jehovah’s Witness word, even though Jehovah’s Witnesses wrongly use it.
It should be remembered that the very first words out of the mouths of John the Baptist and Jesus as they began their respective public ministries were, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2, 4:17). Also, the message of the Kingdom continued to be the focus of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and of the apostle Paul we read that he preached the message of the kingdom throughout and to the very end of his ministry (Acts 19:18, 20:25, 28:23, and 28:31).
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