What We Believe

Our Mission:

We exist to spread the good news of God for the joy of all generations and the global fame of Jesus.

God Centered:

The Trinity- Father, Son and Spirit

God has happily existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10)

The Father is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. (Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6 John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4)

The son, Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He is the only plan for bringing people back into a relationship with God. He lived a perfect life of humble sacrifice, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life. The entire Bible is a story of God’s redemptive plan through the one God-man Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)

The Holy Spirit assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ as he blesses us with His presence. (Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17)

The Authority of Scripture

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any error, it is historically reliable, and it is completely relevant to our daily lives. We believe that all scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. We believe that the entire Bible is centrally about the good news of Jesus and his Kingdom mission to redeem his people and renew all of creation. We believe that the Bible is the ultimate way that God currently speaks to his people, but not the only way. In Scripture we see that God speaks through other means, but those other means must always be supported by biblical truth. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39)

Mission Minded:

Generation Church will seek to do all things with excellence. Whether it is music, hospitality, technology, teaching or children’s ministry, we will strive to do all in an attractive way to support Generation Church in our mission of making disciples and planting churches. Generation Church will not however be driven by attractional Sunday programs, but by the proclamation of the good news of Jesus through God’s word, as we seek to be a Christ centered community every day in our homes, neighborhoods, towns, and throughout the world for the joy of all generations and the global fame of Jesus

Man is God’s image-bearer

Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God and his creation, but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience from not loving and enjoying God. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his or her own effort. However, every human personality is still uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and love. (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

The gospel means good news and we believe that Jesus is ultimately the greatest news in the world. The gospel is an historical event, planned somewhere in eternity past. Within that, God incarnate, Jesus the Messiah and the Savior of the world, filled with the Holy Spirit, lived the perfect life in obedience with his Father, and was murdered for our sin on a Roman cross. While on the cross Jesus bore the sins of man, died in our place to satisfy the wrath of God our Father and ultimately magnify the great love of our Triune God. Jesus physically died, was buried, and literally rose three days later; defeating death and Satan by his own death and resurrection. God has fulfilled his plan to redeem men and women and all of creation through Jesus and provide a way for us to personally know, enjoy, love, and follow him together as his new creation. By repentance of sin and faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, sin is forgiven and we’re finally alive. Jesus Christ provides the only way of salvation, which is a gift from God and cannot be earned through our own efforts but only through the person and finished work of Jesus. King Jesus now reigns in heaven as Lord of all and His Kingdom has been inaugurated on earth. One day in the power and hope of his resurrection, Jesus will return to earth for his resurrected Church and his Kingdom will be consummated in the new heaven and the new earth. (Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; Romans 1:16-18;3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:1-10;Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58, Revelation 21-22)

Conversion and Discipleship

Generation Church is committed to having an equal emphasis on true Biblical conversion and discipleship. We desire to see people become finally alive through the gospel in faith and repentance along with seeing worshipers of Jesus grow in their faith and commitment to Jesus while making disciples. We believe that two important marks of a healthy church are: 1) People treasuring and trusting in Jesus by God’s grace, and 2) Disciples growing in their understanding of the Scriptures, doctrine, theology, faith and mission. We believe conversion and discipleship should never be disconnected. Conversion is more then a goal line, or a free ticket to heaven, but is the shape of the Christian life. The entirety of the Christian life is a continual turning to God.

Faith and Works

The theology of faith and works is one of the many “both/and” truths found in Scripture. God reveals through Scripture that Jesus Christ provides the only way of eternal salvation, which is a gift from God and cannot be earned through our own efforts (“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” – Ephesians 2:8-9). God also reveals through Scripture that even as we are saved by faith alone, by grace alone, in Christ alone, it’s a faith that never remains alone but is expressed through good works (“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” – Ephesians 2:10) There is a tendency to emphasize one over the other, but the Biblical reality is that both exist in harmony with each other. These two truths are not opposed to one another, they are complimentary and are a sign of authenticity

The Local Church

The local church is the hope of the world when it is a community of regenerated baptized disciples unified through faith in Christ and built together by the Holy Spirit through the word of God. The Church is God’s workmanship, recreated in Christ for good works by God’s glorious grace. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to announce and advance the good news of Jesus and his Kingdom to the whole world. The Church works together in love and unity as missionaries in the world, intent on the purpose of seeing everyone love, enjoy, worship and glorify our triune God through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:10, 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)

Engaging Culture

At Generation Church, we resolve not to make human conscience the laws of the church. We will fight against things that Scripture calls sin. However, cultural things that the scriptures are unclear about will be left up to the matter of wisdom and personal conscience. The reason that many people have been so turned off by Christianity is because historically, there have been influential people who have tried to elevate their conscience to the place of doctrine and in doing so, they take away the beauty of the gospel. The Gospel doesn’t allow us to use our conscience as a means of righteousness. Righteousness is obtained through Christ alone

Our Strategy:

Partnership, Community Groups, Sunday Worship, Church Planting/Multiplication