Our Core Values
These six core values guide our church and have been used by God to build healthy churches around the world. We don’t rush after spiritual fads for one reason: Jesus is the center of the church, and He is enough.
When Jesus was asked which commandment was the greatest, He responded, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” We purpose to point people toward Jesus in all things, keeping Him as our priority.
Our God is a living God, with living Word, active and sharper than any two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). It is a priority that we teach God’s Word, as it does not return void without accomplishing the purpose for which He sent it.
We are committed to the process of walking alongside people in their journey to move from where they are today, to where Christ calls them to be. Matthew 28:19-20, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We are recipients and witnesses of Christs ministry on earth. We understand the importance of our opportunity to lead in the Gospel presentation of Christ’s birth, life, death, resurrection and the importance of man’s recognition, need and repentance.
Our church is defined by faith in Jesus. This faith calls us to focus on what the Lord directs us to, taking steps of faith as necessary to fulfill His purposes for His people and His church.
We desire to be led by the Holy Spirit in our times together, in the life of our church and in our lives individually.
What We Believe
Telios has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. The following is our Statement of Faith:
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8, 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).
We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which the church operates and is the basis for which the church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:3-4, 21). We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to an individual’s life, leading that person towards greater maturity in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13).
We believe that all people are by nature lost and separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person places their faith in Christ as their Savior, that person is immediately born again, sealed by the Holy Spirit, forgiven of all their sins, and becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord (John 3:16-19; 5:24;Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).
We believe that church government should be simple rather than a complex bureaucracy. We depend on the Holy Spirit’s guidance in establishing leadership within the church in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-13 ; Titus 1:5-9).
We believe in the New Testament ordinances of Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These ordinances are observed in obedience to the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ as acts of love and devotion and are not necessary for one’s salvation (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25).
We reject: 1) The belief that true Christians can be demon possessed, 2) the “Positive Confession Movement” which teaches that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will, 3) the “Prosperity Movement” which teaches that it is God’s will for every believer to be financially wealthy, 4) human prophecy that supersedes Scripture, 5) the incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology and philosophy into biblical teaching, and 6) the overemphasis of spiritual gifts, experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of biblical teaching.
In our services we focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer, and the teaching of the Word of God. We teach both expositionally and topically. We do not allow speaking in tongues loudly during the services, nor prophecy while a Bible study is in progress because we do not believe that the Holy Spirit would interrupt Himself (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 14:32).
We believe worship of God should be:
Spiritual – Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
Instructional – Therefore, our services are designed with great emphasis upon teaching the Word of God that He might instruct us how He should be worshiped.
Inspirational – Therefore, we give a great place to music in our worship.
Fruitful – Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the ultimate manifestation that we have been truly worshiping Him.
We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ with His Church to rule on the earth during the Millennial Kingdom. We believe Christ’s rule will be visible and personal. We also believe in the resurrection of the saved and the unsaved; the saved unto eternal life and the unsaved unto eternal punishment (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-15).