We are a Reformed, Charismatic, Complementarian, Credo-Baptist church. Which are broad theological structures, but not dogmatic prisons. We see ourselves characterized not simply by our structures, but by what we value.
How we gather.
Jesus is the center. Outside of Jesus we are nothing more than a social club. We are called together as the Church to make Jesus our focus. It is only through Jesus that we are able to see and identify all our personal and cultural idols. (LUKE 24:27, HEBREWS 12:1-2, COLOSSIANS 1:18-20, COLOSSIANS 3:17)
We need the Spirit to see change. It is our expectation that God is the one who changes lives and transforms hearts through his grace. When we gather we must insist that prayer empowers everything that matters. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6, JOHN 16:13, 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-19)
God’s word is true and given out of his love. The Bible is our standard of truth. In order to understand that truth, our lives must be saturated with all of the Scripture and not just parts. Our preaching structure is Expositional, in that we preach whole books of the Bible in a verse-by-verse manner. (ACTS 6:4, HEBREWS 4:12; 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17)
Sunday shapes our everyday. Rooted in the history of the church are traditional creeds, liturgies, theologies, and hymns. It is our desire that we are not just a gathering, but part of the church movement of people throughout the ages gathering and worshipping together on Sundays. It is this rich history that sets into motion not just worship once a week, but a life characterized by worship in our homes, work, play, and community. (HEBREWS 10:24-25, COLOSSIANS 3:16, 1 CORINTHIANS 14:26)
How we relate to one another.
Genuine community is authentic, intentional, and requires hard work. Open communication is a necessity that values input, wise counsel, and accountability. In order to consistently remain in fellowship with other sinful people, we must strive for repentance and mutual-submission. (ACTS 2:42-47, ROMANS 12:9-13, GALATIANS 6:2)
The gospel is for everyday life. The gospel is the good news that brings us into fellowship with God, but it is also the good news to the fear, guilt, and pain that we experience in our everyday lives. We need the gospel being preached to us constantly that Jesus is our only hope. (1 PETER 3:15, LUKE 19:10, ROMANS 10:17, LUKE 15)
We are better together. The Scripture illustrates the church as a body that needs all of its “members” in order to thrive. We cannot be an island unto ourselves, but God has created us for community. Community is the place where we experience the love and joy of God. (ROMANS 15:5-7, ROMANS 12:4-5, PHILIPPIANS 2:2, JOHN 17:20-21)
How we equip.
We are contributors and not consumers. We encourage people of all ages to connect to the mission of God personally. The church is not a provider of services, but a place of change were people can live out their relationship to Jesus. It is our constant invitation to see people partner with the work of God in our community. (ROMANS 12:6, COLOSSIANS 3:23-24, EPHESIANS 4:11-12)
We shepherd our people. We are committed to helping every man, woman, and child see their lives connected to the story of God. Our elders regularly pray and connect with people in the congregation as “shepherd” who care for the flock of God. (1 PETER 5:2, HEBREWS 13:20-21)
We love our community. The church can never become a “holy huddle,” but must love well the community around us. We desire to show our affection for the surrounding community by investing financially, relationally, and spiritually into Falcon, Peyton, and surrounding Colorado Springs. Our resources are situated in such a way that 15% of our incoming giving goes out from our church to support the work of God around us and around the world. (ACTS 2:46-47, 4:34-35)