Our church is a gathered assembly of believers in Jesus Christ committed to and characterized by the following three “pillars”:
1. The cross is central.
Our message is the Gospel, and the beating heart of the Gospel is the cross. “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18). Without the cross we are hopeless, helpless, ruined, lost, and undone. Through the cross we possess the hope of eternal life - pardon for sin, God’s wrath removed, Christ’s righteousness imputed, Christ’s power given, and Christ’s promises secured. We were dead in our sins and headed for hell, but God the Father sent the Son in love, and Christ went to Calvary and took our judgment upon Himself, bearing the penalty for our sins in our place, and rising again on the third day to prove the sufficiency of His sacrifice. We humbly yet boldly proclaim the good news of Christ and Him crucified as the central article of “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).
Luke 23:33 - “And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him.”
2. The Bible is foundational.
Our services are saturated with Scripture because God’s Word creates, establishes, shapes, and grows God’s people. As the Spirit of God works through the Word of God, the lost are saved, the saints are sanctified, the church is built up, and God’s glory is magnified. In the midst of the constantly-changing whims of a culture that’s marked by theological confusion and moral chaos, we uphold the foundational truths of God’s inspired and inerrant Word.
2 Timothy 3:16 - “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
3. The church is essential.
Believers have been meeting together for corporate worship on the first day of the week since Christ rose from the dead. This is our practice on the “Lord’s Day,” as the Apostle John refers to it in Revelation 1:10. We come together to read the Word, preach the Word, sing the Word, pray the Word, and see the truths of the Word displayed in the two sacraments of the church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We do these things collectively, because we’ve been saved into a family of faith. We do these things joyfully, because our salvation is totally undeserved. We do these things necessarily, in honour of our Lord who saved us. Come what may, we want to demonstrate to a watching world that the gathering of God’s church (or, ekklesia, the assembly of God’s redeemed people) is absolutely essential.
Hebrews 10:25 - “Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”