STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. GOSPEL-CENTERED THEOLOGY
We believe the glory of God is seen most beautifully in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the good news of what God has graciously accomplished for sinners through the sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection of his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, namely our forgiveness from sin and complete justification before God; this gospel is also the foundation for our confidence in the ultimate triumph of God’s kingdom and the consummation of His purpose for all creation in the new heavens and new earth. This Gospel is centered in Christ, is the foundation for the life of the Church, and is our only hope for eternal life; this Gospel is not proclaimed if Christ’s penal substitutionary death and bodily resurrection are not central to our message. This Gospel is not only the means by which people are saved, but also the truth and power by which people are sanctified; it is the truth of the Gospel that enables us to do what is pleasing to God genuinely and joyfully and to grow in progressive conformity to the image of Christ. The salvation offered in this gospel message is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; no ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. (Mark 1:1;Luke 24:46– 47; John 3:16–18; Romans 1:16–17; Romans 1:18–25; 1 Corinthians 1:18–25; 2:2; 15:1–4; 2 Corinthians 4:1–6; 9:13; Galatians 1:6–9; Ephesians 1:7–10; Colossians 1:19–20; 2 Timothy 1:8
2. CHARISMATIC PNEUMATOLOGY
We believe the Holy Spirit is alive and active in regeneration, empowerment and ongoing filling for the purposes of God in this world. We believe all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still available today, but not one of them in particular is required to give evidence of the baptism or filling of the Spirit.
3. ALREADY-NOT-YET ESCHATOLOGY
We believe the Kingdom of God was inaugurated in Jesus’ first coming and will be consummated in his second coming. We live in the in between where we can experience the reign of Jesus while longing for its completion as we also experience the reality that things are not yet fully as they will be within the new heaven and new earth. We acknowledge the variety of views within inaugurated eschatology and allow for this variety within our family. We believe that the gospel overtakes the world and King Jesus returns to a victorious Church. In the Gospels, Jesus teaches us how his Kingdom will break into the world. He tells his disciples that it’s like a mustard seed, that starts out very small, but grows into a great tree, large enough to provide shade for the birds of the air that perch upon its branches. He says that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a small bit of yeast working its way through a large lump of dough. Like a mustard plant and yeast, the Kingdom of Heaven is invasive. It aggressively works its way and spreads throughout every environment where it is introduced. As the Church, we believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is manifest within us and spreads out through us into the material world when we live like Jesus, obedient to do all that he has commanded. And as Jesus’ people we represent him as an ambassadorial outpost of his Kingdom, colonizing heaven on earth, throughout Palm Beach county and beyond. With this, we believe that the culture that Jesus’ Kingdom brings will invariably change the culture of our city as it penetrates and is diffused throughout every realm of life. Where the existing culture is in alignment with God’s will and the ethics of his Kingdom, that goodness will be amplified. Where the culture is more like hell on earth than heaven, the goodness and the light of Jesus’ Kingdom, that we bring as his Church, will drive back the darkness of sin and the brokenness of this world. As Palm Beach county, we join Jesus in the renewal of all things through the hope of the gospel and his Kingdom come. (Psalm 2:7-9, 72; Isaiah 2; Dan 2:31-35, 7:13-14; Habakkuk 2:14; Matthew 12:28, 13, 28:18-20; Acts 3:19-21; 1 Corinthians 15:25-26; Hebrews 1:3)
4. MISSIONAL ECCLESIOLOGY
We believe the church is the family of God sent by the Spirit to make disciples of Jesus to all nations throughout the world. We are saved by God’s power for God’s purposes to bring him glory in all things wherever we are. The church is always being sent by God to accomplish his mission.
We have a missionary understanding of the local church and its role as the primary means by which God chooses to establish his kingdom on earth. The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighborhood, the nation, and the world as a whole; thus mission is not an optional program in the church but an essential element in the identity of the church. We are called to make Christ known through the Gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring His lordship to bear on every dimension of life. The primary way we fulfill this mission is through the equipping of the saints for ministry in our local church and seeking to make Jesus known in our local communities. Our aim is that Jesus Christ would be more fully formed in each person through the ministry of Palm Beach county and that God would empower us to share the good news of Jesus Christ in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and families, sharing in and celebrating His redemptive work together. We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ. (Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5–25; 28:18–20; Luke 4:18–19; 24:46–47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14–15; 2 Corinthians 10:4–5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11–16; 2 Timothy 4:1–5; Hebrews 10:23– 25;1 Peter 2:4–5, 9–10)
5. GOSPEL COMMUNITIES ON MISSION AS PRIME ORGANIZING STRUCTURE
We believe the most irreducible and effective structure for making disciples as the church is a Gospel Community on Mission (GCM)—aka Missional Community (MC). This is a smaller group of people who gather regularly and engage in everyday life on mission throughout the week with a commitment to reaching a particular people and place together with the goal of making disciples and multiplying and sending out more GCMs.
6. ORDERED EQUALITY IN SHARED MINISTRY
We are deeply committed to the fundamental spiritual and moral equality and
complementarity of men and women. Both men and women are together created in the divine image and are therefore equal before God as persons, possessing the same moral dignity and value, and have equal access to God through faith in Christ. Men and women are together the recipients of spiritual gifts designed to empower them for ministry in the local church and beyond. Therefore both men and women are to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered to utilize their gifting in ministry, in service to
the body of Christ, and through teaching in ways that are consistent with the Word of God.
Both husbands and wives are responsible to God for spiritual nurture and vitality in the home, God has given to the man primary responsibility to lead his wife and family in accordance
with the servant-leadership and sacrificial love characterized by Jesus Christ. This principle of
male headship should not be confused with, nor give any hint of, domineering control. Rather
it is to be the loving, tender, and nurturing care of a godly man who is himself under the kind
and gentle authority of Jesus Christ. The elders of our church have been granted authority
under the headship of Jesus Christ to provide oversight of the church. We believe the biblical office of elder is reserved for men and the office of deacon may be held by men and women. (Genesis 1:26–27; 2:18; Acts 18:24–26; 1 Corinthians 11:2–16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:22–33; Colossians 3:18–19; 1 Timothy 2:11–15; 3:1–7; Titus 2:3–5; 1 Peter 3:1–7)