We believe that neighborhoods and communities are transformed when people choose to do simple, everyday tasks with intentionality and love. We strive to be known for our generosity, hospitality, and compassion. We create margin in our day in order to be present with the people whom we encounter. And we look for ways to meet the needs of those around us. (Mk 12:29-31, Lk 8:40-48, 1 Cor 16:14)
God is present everywhere. Therefore, we have the ability to connect with God and join him in his work wherever we are at, while knowing that he was there long before we showed up. When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, signifying that there was no longer a divide between God and humans. The presence of God would no longer dwell in the sacred places, but in the hearts of all who believe in Jesus. Now, we are called to join Jesus in his work of redemption – his mission to bring together Heaven and Earth for all eternity. We desire to see restoration. We desire to see unholy things made holy. We desire to see the places that we live, work, and play look more like Heaven than Earth. (Mt 27:51-54, Hb 10:19-25, Rev 21:1-5)
We reject the assumption that bigger is better. Our goal is not to get as many people as we can into a room but instead to raise up and send out Jesus-followers who will reach people in their neighborhood, workplaces, and social spaces. We make disciples who make disciples. We start communities that launch other communities. Finally, we plant churches that are committed to planting churches themselves. (Mt 28:19-20, Acts 2:47, 2 Tm 2:2)
We believe in God the Father, who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He deeply concerned with affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer. He welcomes into his family all who willingly turn towards Him through Jesus. God’s plan is far greater than the personal salvation of those who chose Him. He is working to restore the world, and all of Creation, to an eternal state of wholeness, peace, and unity.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Son and the promised Messiah. He was conceived by the Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary, both fully God and fully human. Though he faced the test and temptation that we all face, He lived a sinless life, fully devoted to the Father. He came to proclaim and reveal the Kingdom of God – God’s rule and reign over all things, and He call us to do the same. He concerned himself with both the spiritual and the physical brokenness of humanity. We believe in His atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, continual intercession for all who believe in Him, and His promise to one day return to earth.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who indwells all whom believe in Jesus and is a seal guaranteeing their eternal inheritance. The Holy Spirit, in everything that he does, brings glory to Jesus. He convicts, sanctifies, and empowers us to join God in his work of redemption. He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
We believe that there is one living and true God who is eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity are equal in every divine perfection, and they execute distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
We believe that the Bible is the living word of God, written by men who were influenced by the Holy Spirit. It is fully trustworthy and accomplishes God’s purposes in the original manuscripts. Through prayerful and thoughtful study of Scripture, God forms us in the likeness of Jesus, and draw us nearer to Himself.
We believe that God created all people in His image and likeness to represent Him and care for His creation. Because of His great love for us, God gave us the freedom to reciprocate or reject that love. Everyone who has ever lived has chosen the latter, except for Jesus who lived a life of perfect faithfulness to God.
We believe that God, because of His great love for us, sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on our behalf. Anyone who turns towards Jesus and believes in Him will enjoy eternal life with God. Not only do we receive the promise of eternity with God, but we immediately become a new creation in Jesus Christ, receive the Holy Spirit, and enter into fellowship with God and His family.
We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all believers are members. We are commanded by God to gather regularly as a local manifestation of the Church for fellowship, worship, acts of service, teaching, compassion, and confession. We believe that God has called the members of the local church to the primary task of making disciples – helping people to know and follow Jesus.
We dream of seeing organic, Jesus-centered communities in every neighborhood of Knoxville.