What We Believe
What We Believe about Masculinity and Femininity
We affirm Pastor John Piper's definition of Masculinity and Femininity -
“At the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for and protect women and children in ways appropriate to a man’s differing relationships.”
“At the heart of mature femininity is a freeing disposition to affirm, receive and nurture strength and leadership from worthy men in ways appropriate to a woman’s differing relationships.”
We affirm Pastor Ray Ortland Jr.'s Definition of Male Headship.
“In the partnership of two spiritually equal human beings, man and woman, the man bears the primary responsibility to lead the partnership in a God-glorifying direction.”
We believe that God’s design is for men to be the head of the household. Men are the happiest and most fulfilled when they embrace their role as head in the home and community. Conversely, women are the happiest and most fulfilled when they embrace their role as helper in the church, home, and community. (Genesis 2:4-25 ;1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-33; John 15:10-11)
We believe masculinity and femininity are only good. There is nothing toxic about either. Homophobia, bullying, sexual assault, domestic violence are simply not masculine or feminine.
What We Believe about Gender
We believe gender is not simply a social construct but also a biological reality. There are only two genders, male or female. One is called by God to act according to the gender he/she was assigned by God at conception (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139: 13-18). Fulfillment and purpose come as a byproduct of embracing one's God-given gender.
What We Believe about Marriage
We believe God’s design for marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman for one lifetime. Divorce is a cheapening of covenant and is not within God's design (Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:3-9; Malachi 2:13-16; Ephesians 5:22-33).
What We Believe about Sex
We believe sex is created by God to be expressed between one man and one woman in the context of the marriage covenant. Within this context sex can be good, safe, and unashamed (Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; Hebrews 13: 4)
What We Believe about Life
We believe life begins at conception (Psalms 139: 13-18). We believe all human life is made in the image of God, therefore should be celebrated and treated with dignity and respect (Genesis 1:27).
What We Believe about Family
We believe the family is an institution created by God, and that mothers and fathers have different, special, and necessary roles for raising children (Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-20; 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12). We believe a loving family is the earliest display of the Gospel a child will experience.
What We Believe about Redemption
We believe that all have sinned and therefore, have not perfectly lived out God's design. Because of this, each of us are deserving of eternal punishment . BUT God is rich in mercy and provided Jesus as substitute for the sin of the world . Salvation and redemption can only found in a relationship with the Risen King, Jesus, the Christ (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Titus 3:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; John 10:27-28).