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 concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer. He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son and the promised Messiah. He was conceived by the Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary, both fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life, and 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. It is without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and has ultimate authority in matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that God created all people in his image and likeness to represent him and care for His creation. Though we were created without sin, we disobeyed God and were separated from our creator. Everyone is now born into sin and broken by sin.
We believe that God, because of his great love for us, sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on our behalf. Anyone who repents and believes in Jesus will enjoy eternal life with God. Not only do we receive eternal life with God, but we immediately become a new creation in Jesus Christ, receive the Holy Spirit, and enter into fellowship with God.
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 sharing the Gospel of with a lost world.
We dream of one day seeing organic, Jesus-centered communities in every neighborhood of Knoxville.