What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

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In 2019, our leadership team sought guidance from the Holy Spirit to narrow our focus in ministry to a vision statement rooted in core values of our church and network. The result of hours in prayer and deep conversations led this team to twelve values we believe shape who we are and what we're about. Everything we do as a community of believers is filtered through these values, and they guide our decisions and ministries in Houston and throughout the world.
We place Jesus first over everything - it's all about Him
We preach the Bible as central to disciple making
We equip Christ followers to be the hands and feet of Jesus
We are unwavering in our commitment to lead people to Jesus
We overflow with God's power through prayer
We are connected in relationships because they matter - a lot
We believe in the never-changing message of Jesus and the ever-changing methods of sharing His love
We accept nothing less than excellence in ministry
We are fueled for God's mission through gathered worship
We are extravagantly generous
We care sacrificially inside and outside of the church
We partner with others in Kingdom ministry

Core Beliefs

The foundation of everything we do can be found in the Holy Bible, God's Word shared with His people by authors guided by His Spirit thousands of years ago.

About God

There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise. God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom,  justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

About Man

Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates man from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3–6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1–2; Romans 3:23)

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; I John 2:25; 5:11–13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22–23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1–5; 14:10–30; Hebrews 4:14–15; I Corinthians 15:3–4; Romans 1:3–4; Acts 1:9–11; I Timothy 6:14–15; Titus 2:13)

About Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8–9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. (John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10–14; I Peter 1:3–5)

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7–13; 14:16–17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)

About the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20–21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

About the New Testament Church

A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by the Bible, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. As we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, every person should be afforded compassion, love, and kindness. (Matthew 16:15–19; 28:18–20; Mark 12:28–31; Luke 6:31; Acts 2:41–42,47; Ephesians 3:8–11,21; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1–4)

About Family, Sexuality, Children, and Gender

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. God’s divine design for human sexuality is for human beings within, and only within, the Biblical framework of marriage. (Genesis 2:18–25; Proverbs 22:6; Matthew 5:31–32; 19:3–9; Romans 1:18–32; I Corinthians 7:1–16; Ephesians 5:21–33; Colossians 3:18–21; I Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:4)

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Genesis 1:26–27, 5:1–2; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4–9; Psalm 139:13–16; Proverbs 22:6; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6)

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