What We Believe
To Follow Jesus' Example
Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Our vision is to fulfill Jesus' vision of being a people who are the salt of the earth and the light of the world in Central New York and wherever we may go, or grow!
Living as the Salt of the Earth through discipleship:
Seeking and Saving like Jesus (Luke 19:10)
We seek out the lost through evangelism to bring them closer to God through salvation and continued discipleship.
Anchored in the hope of Heaven (Hebrews 6:19) and the word of God (Matthew 4:4)
Our faith is based on the word of God (the Bible) and we have hope in an eternal life spent with him in Heaven.
Loving God, loving one another, and loving others (Matthew 22:37)
We follow the commandment to love God with the whole of our hearts. We share that love within our welcoming community and in our city through service.
Teaching one another and others about God (Matthew 28:19-20)
We obey the Great Commission to go and make disciples, which is given in the final chapter of Matthew.
Together, we worship, fellowship, serve, and strive to reach our neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an effort to be the light of the world.
Connection and Discipleship
Foundation on the Word
The Bible is the inspired word of God and our guide for living as followers of Christ (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Salvation is available only through Jesus Christ (John 14:1-6) and is a gift provided by His grace (Ephesians 2:8) to those with faith in Christ. God has given us baptism so that through faith, we can die to our old selves and live to God (Romans 6:3-13; Galatians 2:20-21), receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
Therefore, the focus of our lives is to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength and our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:28-31). The Holy Spirit, whom we receive at baptism (Acts 2:38), gives us the power to change (Galatians 5:18-26). We have fellowship with all those of the same mind and are always striving to maintain the bond of unity (Ephesians 4:1-6).