To be the testimony of Jesus Christ and a source of blessing to the world and to the Church.
To express the love of God, share the gospel of Jesus Christ and lead people to Jesus, declare the truth of God’s plan and purpose for humanity, and disciple believers to Christ-like maturity in the City of Toronto and the rest of the world.
Inclusive – Everyone is welcome!
(1 Corinthians 12:13)
Family – We are a family, not an organization!
Unity– We are one in heart and mind!
(1 Corinthians 1:10)
Love – Our love for God and each other is what binds us together!
Teamwork – Serving God and His church is a team effort!
Creativity – Using 21st century methods to preach the 1st century gospel!
Discipleship – Making and training disciples is what we’re about!
There is one God who exists as three distinct persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. The persons of the Triune God are of the same essence, co-equal and co-eternal. God has always existed and is the Creator of the universe, including mankind for whom He has a specific plan and purpose.
Genesis 1:1, 26:27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2
Jesus Christ, who existed in eternity as the The Word, is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and the second person of the Trinity. Jesus, who is the Son of God, was born of Virgin Mary by a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, was of two natures: divine and human. While on earth, Jesus lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, and offered Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all humanity when He died on the cross. He physically rose from the dead on the third day and overcame sin and death. Jesus ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God and be the high priest of our confession. He will one day return to earth to establish His Kingdom and reign as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
John 1: 1-5; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 4:14-15; Matthew 1:22-23; Romans 1:3-4
The Holy Spirit, who is co-equal with The Father and The Son, lives in every Christian from the moment they are born again. The Holy Spirit, or The Helper, was sent to help every believer understand the mind and heart of God as revealed in the Scriptures. He provides every Christian with spiritual gifts to edify the Church and the power they need to continue in their spiritual walk with God. As Christians, we are called to live under His guidance.
John 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25
God created human beings to love Him and have a relationship with Him. Human beings were created to be in the image and likeness of God in order to express who God is in the material universe and have dominion over all of God’s creation. The rebellion of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden resulted in human beings becoming self-expressive instead of than God-expressive beings. This is what the Bible calls “sin”. The sinful nature of every human being is what prevents humans from having a relationship with God. Jesus Christ came to restore that relationship between God and human beings and help them find their way back to God’s original plan and purpose for humanity.
Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23
A Christian’s life begins with seeing one’s imperfect condition in relation to the perfect Christ. The rebellion of Adam and Eve resulted in humanity adopting a disobedient sinful nature. The sin of every human being results in death and eternal separation from God. God sent Jesus Christ to die in place of every human being to restore our relationship with God, forgive our sins, and give us eternal life. Salvation is God’s free gift to human beings, but each person must choose to receive it. To become a Christian, a person must believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour and receive His forgiveness and eternal life. Human beings can never earn God’s forgiveness by self-improvement, being moral, or doing good things. Only by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ can a person be born again and be freed from sin and death and receive eternal life. To be eternally with God is what the Bible describes as Heaven.
John 3:16; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14-6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26
Once a person receives God’s free gift of eternal life, they begin a life-long journey of growth and maturity to become what God created them to be. The Holy Spirit helps each believer to grow to Christ-like maturity. We are called to be like Christ in order to fully represent who God is throughout the universe. The Holy Spirit uses God’s Word and the experiences of life to transform our character to be what God intends us be.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18; Romans 8:28-30
The universal Church is the family of God and the body of Christ, of which Christ is the head. The Church is called to be the expression and representation of God in and through the material universe. The Church, as truly intended by Christ, is void of any distinctions based on age, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic background, or any other divisive elements. Every Christian must be part of a local spiritual family. The local church is called to be a local representation of God’s love and an expression of His character. The local church is a family, made up of people of different ages from different backgrounds, that gather to worship God, to learn more about His purpose for their lives, and to grow in their love for Him and one another.
Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
The Bible, which was written by human authors throughout history under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is God’s Word to human beings. The Scriptures are inspired by God and therefore, they are without any human error or mixture. God speaks to humanity through His Word. The Bible is the source of all truth and understanding concerning God’s mind, heart, and will for His creation. The more we read the Bible, the more the Holy Spirit reveals to us who God is and what He desires from us. Only the Holy Spirit can open up the mysteries of God’s Word to us and help us to grow in our knowledge of Him.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; 119: 105