What We Believe

One of the greatest blessings of being in a family of believers is unity. Although we come from different backgrounds, locations and even cultures, these loving relationships are empowered by a deep faith and a mutual commitment to God’s word as our standard.  The following are some of our shared beliefs.

  

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"May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
John 17:23 (NIV)

"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

 

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GOD: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Our eternal purpose is to know God and to glorify Him as God, and let our light shine so others will see God.

We are devoted to the Father; to Jesus the Son, who is Lord and Christ; and to the Holy Spirit, who is a very real presence in our lives.
(Acts 2:22-36, Romans 8:12-28)

The cornerstone of our faith is our belief in Jesus Christ. As his followers, we seek to follow his words and imitate his way of life.
(John 12:47-48, 1 John 2:5-6)

We hold to the Bible as the inspired and infallible word of God,relevant for all generations.
(1 Timothy 4:13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12-13)

GOSPEL: The work of God

Our salvation is the work of God, prompted by his own mercy and grace, not our good deeds.
(Acts 2:22-37, Romans 2:7, Ephesians 2:8-10, Colossians 2:12)

We are each called to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. This requires the integrity of a Christ-like life, of doing good deeds and supporting and encouraging other Christians and churches around the world.
(Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 19:10)

We remember the poor through active compassion and supporting group benevolence including HOPE worldwide.
(Acts 10:37-38, Galatians 2:10, Colossians 3:1-6, James 1:27)

Our motivation to love God, love each other and love others is prompted by God’s love for us, demonstrated in its greatest form by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on a cross for our behalf.
(2 Corinthians 5:14-21, 1 John 3:16, Luke 10:27)

OUR RESPONSE: Surrender to God

Our conversion begins with belief in Jesus as God’s Son, and faith in his death and resurrection. As repentance compels us to face our sin humbly, we embrace discipleship, confessing “Jesus is Lord” and upon immersion in water for the forgiveness of our sins, we receive the promised Holy Spirit.
(Acts 2:38-41, Romans 10:9, Titus 3:3-5, John 20:31, Luke 14:25-33)

Our personal discipleship (following Jesus) means we surrender to his terms by living with him as Lord. This requires a daily decision to deny self and persevere through trials to the very end.
(Luke 9:23ff; 14:33, Romans 2:7, Galatians 6:9, Hebrews 10:32-39, James 1:12)

Our holiness in daily living is a command from God and requires seeing ourselves as set apart from the ways of the temporal world. As God continually purifies us, we reach for the high calling of being transformed into his image.
(Ephesians 1:1, Ephesians 2:1-10, 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, 1 John 2:15-17)

THE CHURCH COMMUNITY: Sharing in fellowship

Our members are baptized disciples, men and women, who have pledged to live their lives as saints of God in the holiness he requires. We strive to be devoted, not only to God, but to the body life of the church. This includes making wholehearted efforts, for example, to attend each applicable meeting of the body, and pursuing joyful, watchful, challenging, and encouraging “one another” relationships in which we spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
(Acts 2:42-47, Romans 12:10, Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25)

Our accountability is first and foremost to God and then to one another as we are commanded to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ and we recognize that we all belong to one another as the body of Christ. We actively work to proclaim Him in each others lives to admonish, teach, and encourage each other so that we may present one another fully mature in Christ.
(Eph 5:21, Romans 12:4-5, Col 1:28, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, James 5:16)

As members of His body we worship together on Sundays and meet in small groups throughout the Treasure Valley to encourage each other. This results in joyful, transforming, and vulnerable “one another” relationships.
(Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25)

The Lord’s Supper, a weekly sharing in the presence of Christ, is a sacred event. As we break the bread and drink the fruit of the vine together, we also celebrate our commitment to each other.
(Acts 2:42-47, 1 Corinthians 10:17-34)

We give a weekly free-will offering to God that supports the work of the church.
(2 Corinthians 9:7-14, Philippians 4:14-19)

Women serve a vital ministry role in evangelizing, baptizing, teaching, counseling, and training other women. We value the mutual influence of sisters and brothers in Christ.
(1 Corinthians 9:5, Titus 2:3-4, Acts 18:24-26, Romans 16:1-15)

Mature relationships sometimes require help from other Christians to resolve differences of opinion or the conflict that comes within a family. We are also resolved to pursue and maintain our congregation’s links with other congregations - soliciting, giving and receiving input and godly influence from those outside our local congregation.
(1 Corinthians 5:1-13, 6:1-8, Philemon, 1 Peter 5:5)

We encourage each of our members to express their gifts through service. We are grateful for those who step forward to lead, and look to make their work a joy, not a burden.
(1 Peter 4:10, Romans 12:4-8,Hebrews 13:17)

 

If you would like to explore these topics further, we would love to help. Contact one of the members of our ministry leadership team for further Bible study or prayer, tailored to your specific needs. We would consider it our joy to help you spiritually.