WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, in its entirety, both the Old and the New Testaments, and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the impression of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (John 7:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-27; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that they are equal in every divine perfection; and that they execute distinct, but harmonious offices in the work of creation, provision, and redemption. (Matthew 28:19; John, 1:1-4; 2Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 9:14; Genesis 1:26)

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears
and answers prayer, that He saves us from Sin and spiritual death al who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 3:16-17; John 4:24; John 17:5)

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth. Sinless life, miracles and teaching. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, future return for His Church, and personal visible return to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 John 1:7; 1Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:11-16)

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement; and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 14:25; 16:7-15; Romans 8:14-17, Ephesians 1:13-14)

We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are saved from the penalty of sin, born again unto eternal life by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and brought into personal fellowship with God. We believe that this salvation is a free gift from God, effected upon the basis of the shed blood of Jesus Christ alone, that it is given by grace and received through faith, and that apart from Jesus Christ, salvation is impossible. (John 1:12-13; John 316-17; Acts 4:12, 20:21; Ephesians 2:1-9; Titus 3:5

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal blessedness of the saved, and the endless suffering of the lost. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:1-15

OUR VALUES

Gospel 

The Gospel is the good news that God saves sinners through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. God isn’t waiting for us to claw our way up to Him, He has come down to us. Jesus has done for us what we never could do ourselves.  This gospel is the power of God to save sinners and transform neighborhoods and nations (Romans 1:16).  The Gospel isn’t just the ABCs of following Jesus – it is the A to Z of following Jesus.  This value is THE value that seeps into everything we do. It’s of first importance as a church. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Devotion

Jesus is such a marvelous Savior that we can’t help but want to be more like Him. And through the power of the Gospel & work of the Spirit, we are progressively molded into becoming more like Jesus (Romans 8:29) This doesn’t mean our aim is simply to be better Christians, slowly improving our morality & cleaning our lives up. It means as we gaze upon Jesus together, through His Word, the trappings of sin lose their addictive appeal & we realize Jesus is better. As the old hymn says, “The things of the earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory & grace”

Family

The church isn’t a place, but a people. It’s more than a weekly assembly of individuals. It’s a humble, joyful community committed to loving each other and doing life together. Jesus said that the world would know that we’re Christians by the way we love each other (John 13:35) The primary expression of community in our church is City Groups, where we connect to hear the gospel, respond to the gospel, and share the gospel. We will never settle for being a weekly gathering for people to attend, but will continually invite people to share their lives with others in missional community.

Mission

The church is God’s missionary agency to reach the unreached with the Gospel. At the end of our streets & the ends of the earth. Missions isn’t just a ministry within the church, but the very orientation of our entire church. The same gospel that transforms us within also compels us outward on mission. We exist as a church to be both “a city on a hill” and “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). We do this by focusing each of our City Groups around a shared mission – seeking to love, serve, and make disciples of neighborhoods and networks of people throughout our city of Lincoln.
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