Essentials / Core values

The Essentials We believe

1. About God: God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. // Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22 / Psalm 90:2 / Matthew 28:19 / 2 Corinthians 13:14


2. About Jesus Christ: He 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 all people by dying on the 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 someday to reign as King of King and Lord of Lords. // Matthew 1:22-23 / Isaiah 9:6 / John 1:1-5, 14:10-30 / Hebrews 4:14-15 / 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 / Acts 1:9-11 / 1 Timothy 6:14-15 / Titus 2:13


3. About the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son. 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. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under his control daily. // 2 Corinthians 3:17 / John 16:7-13, 14:16-17 / Acts 1:8 / 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16 / Ephesians 1;13 / Acts 2:4


4. About the Bible: The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of all truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. // 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16 / 2 Peter 1:20,21 / Psalm 119:105


5. About human beings: People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has a great potential for good, all of us are infected with an attitude of disobedience toward God called "Sin". This sin nature (attitude) seperates people from God and is the root cause of many problems of life. // Genesis 1:27 / Psalm 8:3-6 / Isaiah 53:6 / Romans 3:23


6. About Salvation:  "Salvation" is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins through self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer for forgiveness can any one be saved from sin's penatly. When we turn from our self-willed lives and turn to Christ in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith. // Romans 6:23 / Ephesians 3:8,9 / John 14:6, 1:12 / Titus 3:5 / Galatians 3:26 / Romans 5:1


7. About Eternity: The soul of every human being was created to live forever. We will either exist eternally seperated from God by sin, or eternally with God through salvation and forgiveness. Hell is eternal separation from God. Heaven is eternal union with God. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. // John 3:16, 2:25, 5:11-13 / Romans 6:23 / Revelation 20:15 / Matthew 1:8, 2:44-46


In the essential beliefs, we have unity.

"There is one body and one spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and father of us all..." Ephesians 4:4-6 /


In the non-essential beliefs, we have liberty. "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... so then each of us will give an account of himself to God.... so whatever you think about these things, keep them between yourself and God." Romans 14:1,4,12,22.

CORE VALUES

1. We are a bunch of Crossovers! We practice whole hearted devotion to Jesus! We've crossed over from death to life. We don't compromise. We go HARD! - Matthew 22:37-38


2. Download the apps! We value biblical teaching and the application of scripture. We believe when God's word is applied and downloaded it will radically transform lives. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17


3. We are Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Generational and Economically Diverse. We value everyone! No matter what their skin-color, age or financial status. Christ is our unity factor. This is what the New Testament Church looked like and what Heaven will look like. - Acts 13:1


4. Healthy Things Grow! We value growth. Healthy Christians grow and healthy churches grow. Roots Groups, classes, mentorship and serving help people grow deeper. Our church continues to grow as our influrence grows deeper in our city. - Ephesians 4:15-16


5. We are Givers!  We value giving and generosity. God has been generous to us and where much is given, much is required. We give to our local church, we give back to our community, we give to other churches, ministries and missionaries. We realize everything we have is God's and we just get to manage it temporarily. - Proverbs 22:9


6. To Change The Game - Change The Frame! We embrace innovation and creativity. We love change. We are learners. We think big, take risks and hold a healthy disreguard for the impossible. - Isaiah 43:19


7. Good is not good enough!  We strive for excellence. We know there is no reward for the squandered potential, half-hearted effort or lukewarm faith. - Colossians 3:17


8. Not Everyone Raps!  We value everyone playing their part. It's not all about what happens on the stage or on the mic. We want every individual to use his or her unique gifts, talents and abilities to connect others to God. We create multiple platforms for different gifts to be used. - Romans 12:6-8


9. Real Recognizes Real! We are culturally relevant. We are real. We don't put on masks. We don't use spiritual jargon or Christianese. Our music is loud, we love God and we communicate like it's 2015 (not 1915). - 1 Corinthians 9:19-22


10. We are a Movement! We have become a model. There are dozens of other churches like our popping up around the country and around the world. We're here to provide training (Flavor Fest Conference), resources, prayer and coaching. We will unite, show love and help expand God's kingdom. - John 13:35


11. We Celebrate! We will not take this move of God for granted. We will regularly celebrate people coming to Christ, getting baptized, becoming members, serving and growing deeper in Christ. Ministry is the highest calling and we will remain grateful for God's hand of favor on our church. - 1 Chronicles 16:8


12. We're here to Rebuild The City!  We engage in community transformation. We will meet tangible needs and bring empowerment as we share and live out the gospel. We're here to make a lasting difference in our community. Where it is dark, we bring the light of Christ! - Isaiah 32:18