Many people looking for a church home have doctrinal questions about our church. We’ll be quite happy to answer any specific questions you have for us; just ask! But here are some common questions:
What kind of church are you?
We are a non-denominational church that is a part of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Our churches are diverse in size, worship style and practice, but share a heritage of commitment to Scripture and to working together with other Christians.
What creeds or doctrinal statements do you follow?
We share the same basic beliefs as all Christians, but our church is not bound by any particular creedal statement. Instead, we find our guidance from Scripture, which is the inspired and authoritative word of God on which we build our faith and practice.
Why do I need to be a Christian, and what does it mean to be one?
In keeping with God’s word, we believe and all new believers confess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. That means that we trust him as the leader of our life, and we know that only he can save us from our sins and failings. Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The Bible says of Jesus that “salvation is found in no one else” (Acts 4:12).
If we are honest, we all know that left to our own devices, we have made such a mess of our lives that we can never make things right again on our own. But the Gospel is the good news that “God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Accepting God’s gift of salvation is not burdensome, but it is life changing. Please contact us to learn more about becoming a Christian.
Don’t your churches have some distinctive beliefs about communion and baptism?
We believe what the Bible tells us. We believe that communion is very important because it calls us back to the central message of the Gospel: that we are in need of God’s grace and forgiveness, and that God’s Son gave his life so that we could be saved. Because this is at the heart of our faith, we celebrate communion each week. We welcome all Christians of all denominations to join us in celebrating communion when you worship with us.
With baptism, we take seriously Peter’s words on the day of Pentecost, when he told the people, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Like those who responded that day, we should be baptized as soon as we make a decision to follow Christ. We practice baptism by immersion of those who are old enough to understand the decision they are making.
Thankfully, in many evangelical churches there is a growing recognition that both communion and baptism should not be afterthoughts. Rather, they are at the heart of our faith. That is what we have always practiced.
As an example of an evangelical leader who has taken a Biblical stance on baptism, listen to what Francis Chan taught about it, here. (Please note that we are not responsible for the content of outside websites.)
What version of the Bible do you use?
Our members use many different versions. However, the primary one we use in our worship is the New International Version (NIV). Some other versions that you may see or hear in our church include the NIrV, TNIV, NLT and The Message (which is a paraphrase). We encourage people to use any version of Scripture that is accurate and helpful to them. We will be happy to provide anyone visiting our church with a free New Testament, if needed.
Does your church use instrumental music in worship? What is your style of worship?
Yes, we do use instruments. Of course, those from a background in a cappella Churches of Christ are quite welcome to worship with us! But we want you to be aware that we do use instruments, in case that is a concern for you. Our worship style could probably be described as blended—we lean toward traditional worship but include lots of more contemporary elements. We sing all kinds of songs, new and old, and believe that worship can be both joyful and reverent.