We try to keep things simple. We are passionate about helping people experience life change through knowing and following Jesus. Everything we do flows out of this.
We teach each Sunday morning from God’s Word because it alone has the power to change us for the better. Our worship services are not a show, but they are contemporary as we seek to honor God in truth from our hearts based on what Jesus has done for us.
We intentionally grow together through our life groups and other opportunities as we consistently challenge each other to take steps of faith in our spiritual journey. We serve our community through tangible acts whether it’s volunteering for the YMCA’s Circle of Champs, Guilderland Police Department’s National Night Out or Guilderland’s Little League.
We invest in people and communities outside of the United States. We currently send a team into the mountains of Central Mexico every year to help a pastor and a small church as they seek to serve others and start churches in neighboring communities. We think helping strengthen local efforts is the best way to create sustainable change in those communities.
We view these statements below to be an accurate representation of Biblical teachings. They also represent what we see as the core essentials in our beliefs.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all-powerful and all-knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
About God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all people.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is eternally co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a 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 someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is eternally co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people 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. His primary role is to point people back to Jesus and the Bible. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
About the Bible
The Bible is literally 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 truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. It is sufficient for our entire life. Our traditions, beliefs, and practices are under its authority even when our culture or popular opinions disagree.
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 tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems and even destruction in our lives.
Salvation is God's free gift of eternal life and the forgiveness of sins that can only be received by faith. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty which is death. When we turn from our sins and our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment a person turns from their sin and receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith.
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation both now and for all eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and “keeping power” of God that gives us this security as his adopted sons and daughters.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation or eternally separated from God by sin. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life, experienced ultimately in Heaven. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
About Marriage and Sexuality
God wonderfully and purposely creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. The term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union as taught in the Bible. God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. Any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
About the Church
A New Testament church is a self-governing local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the offices of pastor and deacon are limited to men as qualified by Scripture.