Our Beliefs

Vision

To be a vibrant community of maturing disciples who champion the gospel in all areas of life and multiply disciples among the diverse peoples of Richfield, the South Metro and beyond.

Mission

To gladly devote ourselves to knowing Jesus Christ and to making known His infinite worth, which is most clearly seen in His redeeming work on the cross.

 

Other Beliefs

The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is God’s special revelation of Himself to us. It is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17), fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts (Psalm 19:7-8), written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21), and that it alone has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (John 17:17).

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4) eternally existing in three persons; that these persons are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption (Matthew 28:19).

God the Father

We believe in God, the Father who is the sovereign Creator of Heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1-2). We believe He is an infinite, personal God, perfect in holiness (Isaiah 6:3), wisdom, power and love (Romans 11:33). We believe He reigns supremely above every detail of history and the universe (Isaiah 45:5-7). God knows all things past, present and future.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son (John 3:16), conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20). We believe in His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23), sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), miracles and teachings (Gospels). He is fully God and fully man. We believe in His propitiatory death (Romans 3:25), bodily resurrection (John 20:27-28), ascension into Heaven (Acts 1:9) and His perpetual intercession for His people (Hebrews 2:17). We also believe in His future, personal, imminent and visible return to earth (Revelation 22:20).

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son (John 14:26) to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe that those who repent and believe have been regenerated and are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13, 1 Corinthians 12:3). We believe that the Holy Spirit in-dwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

Regeneration

We believe that all men are sinners by nature (Ephesians 2:3) and by choice (Romans 1:24) and are, therefore, under condemnation (Romans 1:18). All have joined Adam in the original fall. It is impossible for men to believe without the miracle of regeneration (Romans 8:7-8). We believe that those who are born again are so by the causal and irresitible power of God (1 Peter 1:3) being saved by His grace through the gift of faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members and are His elect Bride. (Colossians 1:18). We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of professing believers in Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:1-11) and associated for worship, work and fellowship (Acts 2:42-47).

We believe that God has given the members of the local church the primary tasks of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13) and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world (Matthew 28:18-20, Habakkuk 2:14).

Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live first for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and then for the well-being of his neighbor (James 2:14-20): that his conduct should be blameless before the world (Colossians 4:5); that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions (Colossians 3:17); and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ (Philippians 3:12-21).

The Ordinances

Lord's Supper

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to believers in the local church.  They are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Believers ought to participate in these ordinances by faith. Baptism symbolizes repentance, spiritual cleansing and one’s identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). This ought to be enacted by the believer’s immersion in water (baptism should be by immersion where possible) in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We do however embrace as members, believers who have been baptized as infants and who are convinced in their conscience of covenantal infant baptism.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom (Revelation 20:1-15). We believe in the resurrection of the body (Romans 8:18-21), the final judgment (Matthew 25:31-46), the eternal happiness of the righteous (Revelation 21:1-4), and the eternal suffering of the wicked (Mark 9:48).