Our Core Beliefs

BIBLE

We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error, and is the source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Bible’s truth is timeless and speaks to our everyday lives.

Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

GOD

Not just any god, but the God of the Universe. The same God who created this earth, who spoke light into existence, who created each and every star, and hung them in place. The same God who loves us so much that He eternally defeated death, not only ransoming us from our sins, but also giving us a rich and satisfying life. God is loving, fair, perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing, and is eternally present in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.​

Genesis 1; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 43:10-13; John 10:10; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2

JESUS

Jesus is the Son of God.  While being fully God and fully man he lived a sinless life and voluntarily died on the Cross in our place as full payment for our sins. But unlike anyone else throughout history, Jesus defeated the power of sin and death by rising from the dead. After he appeared to over 500 people, Jesus ascended into Heaven to provide access and reconciliation between God and people, and we now have hope through Him. When God has fulfilled His purpose with this earth, Jesus will return and reign as Lord of all.

John 3:16; 1 John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 15:6; Mark 16:9; Romans 5:10; Acts 1:11; Revelation 11:15

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, Counselor, and Helper sent for all believers.  The Holy Spirit empowers us to tell others about Jesus.  He makes people aware of their need for God and draws people into this relationship. The Holy Spirit, who lives within us at the moment of salvation, provides guidance in righteous living and understanding for spiritual truth.

John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13-14

MANKIND

We believe every person is disobedient to God’s desires and plans in varying degrees. Any disobedience to God, regardless of how large or small, is sin. Sin separates an individual from God, which is spiritual death, and is not God’s desire. People can be united with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and Him alone; Jesus died for sinners. Anyone who accepts and believes in Jesus’ death for their personal sins, and desires to have Him as King of their life, is forgiven for every sin.

 

Upon this personal decision, God re-establishes a personal relationship with that person and promises eternal life. And we believe salvation is not just for eternal life, but for this life, providing freedom and joy day to day. Therefore, every Christian should live for Christ and not for him or herself. By reading and applying Scripture, and yielding daily to the Holy Spirit, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Jesus.

John 1:12-13, 14:6-7; Romans 3:23, 5:1, 8, 10:9-10; Galatians 3:26; Titus 3:5; Deuteronomy 6:5; Proverbs 3:5-6; Mark 12:29-31; Acts 17:2; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 8 & 9, 10:23-11:1

CHURCH

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the Church are those who have been trusted by faith to finish the work of Christ. The local church organizes Christians to reach unbelievers with the message of salvation, serve as a corporate body for worship of God, provide fellowship for Christians with each other, develop the gifts and talents of Christians for godly service, and practice baptism and communion.

Matthew 16:18, 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:32-41; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 12:12-13; Ephesians 5:22-24; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24-25, 13:17

Our Core Values for Healthy Ministry

Trust God

We take God at His word, and train people to live their lives by truth, not feelings.

Is Refuge obeying God's Word, teaching God's Word, and promoting God's Word?

Make Disciples

We seek to save the lost, and mature the found as Jesus modeled and commanded.

Is Refuge talking about making disciples, equipping people to make disciples, and leaving room to make disciples?

Reach Every Generation

We honor and adapt to the unique needs of every generation inside and outside the church.

Is Refuge strategically crafting its style of communication, caring, and equipping for every age group?

Foster Healthy Relationships

We humbly communicate our own needs, speak encouragement, and vocalize our concern for others to live as one body of Christ.

 

Is Refuge practicing honor & accountability, spending time together, and meeting one another's needs?

Give Sacrificially

We faithfully surrender all our time, talent, and treasure to the mission of Jesus Christ.

Is Refuge modeling to people and preparing people to give to the Lord their schedule, their skill, and their stuff? 

Pray in Faith

We share our heart with God, and expect Him to do the same in a measurable way that produces faith.

Is Refuge modeling to people and teaching people how to biblically have conversations with God?

Recalibrate Regularly

We ask God how we can better align with His heart and will in our personal lives and ministry strategy.

Is Refuge seeking the Holy Spirit to start what's missing, stop what's ineffective, and refine what's working?