Who We Are
1. We submit to Jesus as Lord, and recognize the Bible as having authority in our lives.
2. We are all broken people who are being restored and we value everyone who shows up.
3. We are all the staff of the Salvage Yard. Our church does not reflect one person or a specific group of people. Rather, we are all various members of one body, of which Christ is the head.
4. We embrace the process. We recognize that people growing in their gifts, group discussions, and group decision-making all take longer but we see the value in people growing by doing and by witnessing decisions develop rather than simply being told final results.
5. We have no formula for how to do church. We can relax, because it’s not up to us to figure it out for ourselves but rather to rely on God’s leading. Sometimes things look familiar, and sometimes they do not.
6. We live courageously. We will not let fear, laziness, comfort, or boredom keep us from doing anything that God calls us to do as a church. A lack of courage shows a distorted understanding of God’s character.
7. We will call people to change because it is impossible to submit to Christ and remain unchanged. We also will not hold onto any forms of ministry if God is no longer in them. There is a season for everything, and change is a sign of life.
8. We choose holiness and we will not cut corners. We choose to be ruthless in our personal battles with sin and even with the good things that keep us from God’s best.
9. We choose to be humble and we will work against negative comments or attitudes toward the rest of the body of Christ – we are one part of that body and are grateful for those who have gone before us and walk along side of us.
10. We are committed to being transparent with God and each other. We refuse to put on a show in our worship, our preaching, or our community life.
11. We are all created for relationships. We recognize the need for other people in our personal relationships with Jesus. It’s not just ‘me and God.’
What We Believe
- God eternally exists as the perfect love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe God’s love is definitively revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, lived a life of complete surrender to the Father, was crucified, died, buried and bodily resurrected to reconcile the world to God and give new life to those who by faith participate in His death and resurrection. Christ’s work on the cross is the bedrock of our belief in the forgiveness of sin and our eternal redemption. We firmly believe that all are welcome at the foot of the cross.
- It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and be fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.
- The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, are a compete revelation of His will for the salvation of people. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
- All people are sinners and need to have a saving relationship with God. A person is made a child of God when they repent of their sin, place their trust in Jesus Christ, and commit their life to Him.
- The Church consists of those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the head of the body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the word of God, for prayer, fellowship, and the proclamation of the gospel.
- There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment. Those who have been reconciled to God through Christ will be resurrected to eternal life and fellowship with God. Those who have chosen to reject the salvation of God through Christ will be resurrected to judgment and eternal separation from God.
What We Do
As a result of who we are and what we believe,
- We share the gospel
- We study the Bible together (we are currently working our way through Luke)
- We pray together and for each other
- We take communion together regularly
- We worship and sing together
- We pursue people and are involved in each other's lives - We celebrate, mourn, and live life together.