Our beliefs about God and what He is calling us to do are important to us and help shape our decisions.
Loving God, one another and the world!
This description of our vision explains who we believe God has called us to be and what He is calling us to do.
A Description of Our Vision
God, You are the foundation of our church. All that we are flows from Your love, and all that we do must be a response to Your love. We believe that, out of Your love, You have been communicating a unique message to us about who we are to be and what we are to do.
We hear You calling us to be people of substance — to move beyond the knowledge of the Bible and the truth of the Gospel, to living out that knowledge and truth in every aspect of our lives. We hear You calling us to be authentic disciples of Your Son Jesus Christ, committed to becoming more and more like Him.
We hear You calling us to love You completely, with our hearts, souls, minds and bodies. We hear You calling us to genuinely worship You — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — both in our individual lives and together as a group of believers. Knowing how You have blessed us so abundantly, we hear You calling us to invest those gifts — our talents, energy, time, resources and everything else we have — joyfully and with affection for the advancement of Your kingdom.
We hear You calling us to follow Christ’s example to lay down our lives for each other with sacrificial love, a love that flees divisiveness and appreciates the diversity of the body and the uniqueness of each person. We hear You calling us to welcome all who would seek Christ — not only the known and common, but the unknown and uncommon — and to reach out intentionally to those both younger and older than ourselves.
We hear You calling us to go, taking the Gospel of Christ to a broken world, with grace, sensitivity and courage to suffer for Christ’s sake. We hear you calling us to enfold people into our church family as they come into relationship with Christ, and to teach them to become His authentic followers. We hear You calling us to pursue peace and justice in Your name as we minister to people as whole persons.
We hear You calling us to live out this balanced Christian life in our unique setting of Orange County and Southern California, a setting that fosters images of materialism and shallowness. We hear You calling us to cultivate genuine relationships and sound ministries that stand against these images.
We hear You calling us to live out this vision, not only here at home, but everywhere we go, and to faithfully pursue the cause of Christ for the whole Church and the whole world in any way we are able.
Lord, we need You to inspire us, sustain us and guide us. Confirm Your word to us. Grant us patience as we humbly respond and Your vision begins to bear fruit. Forgive us for not listening to You, for ignoring You, for fearing what You might call us to do. We repent and commit ourselves wholeheartedly to You and Your plans, trusting in Your Holy Spirit to work in and through us. Help us to prayerfully seek Your will in every matter and every relationship. May all that we are and all that we do bring glory and honor to You alone.
Our affirmation of faith describes the foundation and tenants of our beliefs.
We believe in the authority of the Bible. The Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired word of God, the final authority, and is trustworthy for faith and practice. It is to be interpreted responsibly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit within the community of faith with the primary purpose to point to and glorify Jesus Christ, the living Lord of the Church. Furthermore, it is the supreme standard for all human conduct and behavior. The essentials necessary for our salvation and the basics of how to conduct our lives are clearly revealed through it. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Deuteronomy 4:1-2
We believe in the Triune God. Our first priority is that we love, worship and serve the triune God of the Bible, who is eternally one God in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is sovereign over all and His grace is uniquely revealed and realized through His Son, Jesus Christ. The Son is fully divine and fully human. He alone is our Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit likewise is fully divine, and is a personal being, given as God’s gift upon conversion to each follower of Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:2-3;1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11
We believe that humanity is sinful and in need of a savior. Although created in the image of God, because of its rebellion against God, humanity is estranged by sin from its Creator and stands under God’s judgment. Because of His justifying work, Jesus Christ has rescued us from this separation through His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. This work of salvation is available only through faith in Christ alone. As Lord, He calls us to surrender joyously and personally to His purpose and will through repentance, confession of sin, and acceptance of His free gift of salvation. We live out God’s calling as disciples of Jesus Christ by the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit, and proclaim the Good News of God’s reconciling grace for all humanity. Colossians 1:13-29; Ephesians 1:19-23; 2:8-9; Romans 1, 3:22-26; Philippians 2:5-11; John 14:6, 16:5-15; Acts 4:12; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 John 5:7; 1 Corinthians 12 & 14
We believe that the church, as the Body of Christ, includes all believers from all time and is manifested most visibly in local communities. The church is the presence of the living Christ in the world – led, empowered and gifted by the Holy Spirit to continue His mission until His return. Christ Jesus, the Head of the Church, calls each local congregation into an interdependent, cooperative relationship with other congregations to advance the Kingdom of God on earth. Being grounded in the sole Lordship of Jesus Christ, this relationship is characterized by the qualities of mutual submission, encouragement, service, the pursuit of holiness, sanctification and accountability. Matthew 18:15; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:41; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 5:1-2; 12-14; Ephesians 4; 5:21, 23; Colossians 3:16
We believe in observing two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is by immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. This act demonstrates one’s identification with the crucified, buried and risen Savior, declaring that the believer has died to sin and desires to live his or her life as a follower of Jesus Christ. We believe the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus Christ to commemorate His death and announces His return. Both of these ordinances are to be practiced by believers in Jesus Christ until He returns. Acts 8:36, 38, 39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47
We believe in practicing the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. God’s love for us in Christ and our reciprocal love for God motivate us to reach out with love to all people. This love leads us to exercise responsible stewardship of God’s creation. Love compels us to live and make decisions with justice in accordance with God’s design and in obedience to His Word and will. The heart of God, as reflected in both the Old and New Testaments, is to create a redeemed people loving and serving God with all their hearts, minds and bodies – a community in which people of every race, gender, social status and culture are equal in Christ. The mandates of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission compel us to live out our calling through witness and service. We will continue to be a relational and a missional people, men and women working in partnership together to publish the Gospel to our neighbors, communities, nation and the world. This is our first calling and highest priority, to which we are fully committed. Mark 12:18-31; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:45-48; John 15-17; 1 John 4:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:1-2; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:48-49; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Galatians 3:28; James 2:14-19
We believe in the approaching end of the world and the eternal triumphant rule of Christ. In His own time and way, God will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus Christ will return and rule. The
righteous and the wicked will be judged and God will establish a new heaven and a new earth where the righteous will dwell forever with the Lord. Ephesians 1:9-10; Revelation 21:1; Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7; 3:11; John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:13, 41-46; Acts 1:11; Revelation 20:10; Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Corinthians 5:10;
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; I John 5:19, 28-29