What We Believe
The Lordship of Jesus Christ:
The singularity, the exclusivity, the divinity of the one Lord Jesus is central to who we are. Christ is the church’s ultimate authority on all matters (Acts 2:36, Ephesians 1:20-21).
Kingdom of God:
The rule and reign of God is a present reality to be embraced and experienced today. As children of God, the spiritual riches of the King of kings are ours to claim and steward as we proclaim the good news of the kingdom to the world (Luke 17:20–21).
Loving God and Neighbor:
We are called to fulfill the Great Commandment. Love God with everything that we are and love others as ourselves (Luke 10).
The Great Commission & Discipleship:
Each of us is called to be disciples of Jesus. We are then called to fulfill the Great Commission by going out into the world to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20, John 12:26).
God expresses himself in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is fully God and serves a unique role to bring God glory and accomplish his purposes in the world (Gen 1:26; 2 Cor 13:14).
Holiness and the Work of the Holy Spirit:
The Person, the work, and the power of the Holy Spirit is fundamental to who we are as a people. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that sanctifies us, makes us holy, sets us apart for sacred service, and seals us for eternity’s sake. It is the Spirit that convicts us of sin and enables us to overcome sin. It is the Holy Spirit that can breathe supernatural gifts into us, for Jesus’ sake. He is the Comforter promised by Jesus and the witness of our redemption (Gal 5:22–23 1 Peter 1:15-16).
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe that the Old and New Testaments are supernaturally inspired, preserved across time, cultures, and continents, delivered to us, useful for reproof and instruction, for righteousness. The Scripture is our ultimate guide for measures of conduct, faith, and practice (2 Tim 3:14–17).
Women in Ministry:
The distributions of gifts by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the body of Christ are not determined by gender. God has poured out his Spirit on all people, and both sons and daughters will prophesy—and teach, and shepherd the flock. In Christ, in the kingdom of God, that which once divided us—Jew, Gentile; slave, free; male, female—no longer separate. From the earliest days of the Church of God movement, we’ve celebrated the ministry leadership of outstanding women clergy and continue to do so (Acts 2:17; Gal 3:28).
We believe that God calls all followers of Christ to live in unity and peace. In the essentials, there is unity, in the non-essentials there is grace, and in all things, let there be love (John 17:21, Gal 3:28).