To help people take next steps closer to God, together
To help the people of Warren County Illinois take 10,000 steps closer to Christ by the year 2023.
Biblical Truth: We will not stand on anything less than the life-giving, liberating truth of God.
Evangelism: We strive to share the overwhelming love of God in Christ by speaking with embarrassing boldness and acting in outrageous love.
Community Presence: We are a lighthouse placed in a broader community, guiding those around us toward his love, hope, and healing.
Spiritual Growth: Our faith is a journey, not a destination. There is always a “next-step” to lead us onto greater and deeper adventure.
Family Faith: We believe in partnering with parents to equip the next generation with faith that lasts.
Shaping Tomorrow: We embrace the future, bravely letting go of the things we love in order to reach the people and serve the God we love even more.
Connection: We will choose meaningful relationships over isolation, because life and faith are richest when we are together.
Statement of Beliefs
We believe God is the creator of mankind and all things seen and unseen. We believe God has chosen to reveal Himself in a triune manner - God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is no other God but Him. Genesis 1:1-2; Exodus 20:3; Matthew 3:16-17; Acts 17:24-28
We believe the Bible is the absolute truth and inspired word of God. It is the final authority on matters of faith and belief. Hebrews 4:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s eternal and only begotten Son, who was born of a virgin, was crucified and died on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins to show us the way to eternal life. He was physically resurrected, ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, and will return again someday. Luke 1:30-35; John 3:16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8;
We believe in the Holy Spirit who dwells in every Christian, and who encourages, guides, comforts and transforms us to be like Jesus. We believe a spiritual gift is an ability, given by the Holy Spirit to every believer, to be used to minister to others and build up the Body of Christ. The exercise or use of any spiritual gift must be in accordance with Scriptural principles and under the oversight of the Eldership of the local church. John 14:15-21, 25-26; Romans 8:10-14, 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
We believe that mankind was created by God in His own image, willingly sinned against God, and is therefore separated from God, without hope, except through Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:26-27; Colossians 1:21; Romans 3:23
We believe that eternal life in the presence of God, is the final destiny of Christians, experienced firstly in Heaven and ultimately in the New Earth; and tragically, the final destiny of those who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord is eternal separation from God in hell. Revelation 20:11-21:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13,14
We believe salvation comes by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. Salvation does not come as the result of something we have done but rather because of what God has done. It is a free gift that cannot be earned or deserved. We believe the Bible clearly teaches that the pattern to follow to receive Jesus as Savior is to believe, profess and accept Christ the son of the living God and Savior of the world; to repent (to make a full turn away) of personal sin; and to be baptized (immersed in water) for the forgiveness of sins; and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus is an example for baptism, and baptism is a Biblical command, and early Christians practiced baptism in this manner. We, also, believe that all Christians need to strive to daily live faithfully committed to Christ. We believe in the sanctification of all believers. This process is the marriage of two necessary conditions, the power of divine grace and human responsibility. A life lived in such a manner is the proof text of saving faith. The condition to our security is that we must truly be saved. Someone who claims to be saved, yet lives a life of continual habitual sin is living with a false security. Matthew 3:16; Acts 2:38, 8:36-39, 10:47-48; Romans 5:9-10, 6:1–14, 8:13-14; Galatians 5:16-21; Ephesians 2:8–9; Colossians 1:21-23; 1Thessalonians 4:3-8
We believe as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are called to live a holy and grace filled life that reflects the love, mercy, and forgiveness of Christ in all that we do. We believe all Christians should actively seek the will of Jesus Christ in their lives by striving to eliminate personal sin and working to oppose sin in the world. Christians should provide for the widows, orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, the sick, and value the sanctity of human life, which we believe starts at conception. Psalm 139:13-16; Matthew 25:34-40; Romans 9:21, 12:1-2; James 1:27; Colossians 3:12-17
We believe Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. We believe the Church is the body of Christ, founded on the day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere. We believe the local church is an autonomous body, which cooperates with many Christian agencies but is regulated or dominated by none. Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 5:23
We believe it is God’s plan for the Elders to lead (shepherd and lovingly guide) the local church by example and their leadership is accountable to God. The Elders are the final authority in the interpretation of scripture. 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4
We believe that communion is to be an integral and significant part of a worship service. Christians should experience the real presence of Christ, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as they recall those events related to Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross and show proper respect and appreciation for His ultimate sacrifice through which we have forgiveness of sin. We believe the early Christians (followers of Christ) celebrated communion together each time they met for worship on the Lord’s Day. This is our tradition as well. Acts 2:42, 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30
We believe that human beings have been created by God according to His pattern of two sexes: male and female. Each sex, though exhibiting consistent chromosomal distinction, express their masculinity and femininity in variable cultural ways, and both share equally in the blessings of bearing God’s image. Only together, both male and female, is mankind as a whole capable of fulfilling this role. Because each individual has been made in God’s image, each human life is deserving of dignity and respect. We believe that this life begins at conception, and that the ending of a human life at any stage, whether by the individuals’ own hands or another’s, is dishonoring to the creator whose image we bear. Genesis 1:27, 5:1-2; 9:5-6; Deuteronomy 22:5; Psalm 139:13-16; 1 Peter 3:7
We believe marriage is a holy union instituted by God to unite one chromosomal man and one chromosomal woman into a life-long covenant commitment. We believe no other such relationship can be described as a marriage. It is God’s unique gift revealing and signifying to us the union between Christ and His Church and is to be entered into reverently and in fear of God. It provides for the husband and wife (who have equal worth before God) the framework for intimate companionship, the channel for sexual expression, and the means for having children and establishing a Christian home. Genesis 2:15-25; Matthew 19:3-9; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Peter 3:7