BELIEFS & VALUES

WHAT WE BELIEVE

THE BIBLE

We believe that 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God and useful “for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Scriptures in the original language are without error and therefore serve as the final authority for everything relating to faith and life.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Hebrews 4:12)

GOD IS TRIUNE

We believe that there is only one true God, who has eternally exists as three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Triune God performs distinct and harmonious roles in the work of creation, redemption of man and his subsequent relationship with God, and judgment of man. The three persons of the Trinity are co-eternal and infinite in being, absolute in power, perfect in holiness, truth, and love and thus equally worthy of worship, confidence and obedience. The Triune God is spirit and personal.
(Genesis 1:1, John 1:3, 1:14, 4:24, Mark 12:29, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:18-19)

GOD THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah, the only Eternal Son of God, who entered the human race after being conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe He was born of the virgin Mary, yet still remained fully God, that He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily fulfilled the will of God by laying down His life as a substitute and atoning for the sin of humanity. His sacrifice satisfied Divine justice and achieved salvation for all who place their trust in Him. He was raised from the dead by God, ascended to heaven and exalted to the right hand of God where He is currently interceding for His own, awaiting His return to consummate God’s kingdom and redemptive plan.
(John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 9:24, Romans 8:34, 1 Peter 1:3-5)

GOD THE SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is present in the world to bring conviction of sin and make man aware of his need for salvation. He is responsible for the regeneration, sanctification and preservation of the saints. We believe that He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
(John 14:16-26, 16:7-13, Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 8:9)

SIN

We believe that man fell from his original condition because of Adam’s sin. As a result, all of humanity, with the exception of Jesus, would inherit a sin nature, be born with a heart that is rebellious against God, and become totally depraved and unable in himself to remedy his lost condition. Man’s condition and inability to make himself right before God places him directly under the wrath, condemnation, and righteous judgment of God.
(Genesis 3:1-24, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:22-23, Ephesians 2:1-3)

MAN

We believe that man, both male and female, have been distinctly created in the image and likeness of God, as the apex of His creation so that they might enjoy fellowship with Him.
(Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 2:18-24)

SALVATION

We believe that the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, salvation only occurs when a person turns from their sin and places his or her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This means a person believes in the true identity of Jesus as the Son of God (He is Lord). This also means that a person trusts in the atoning work (His sinless life, His substitutionary death as the sufficient payment for his or her sins, and His bodily resurrection) that Jesus Christ did on his or her behalf to establish a right relationship with God (He is my Savior).
(Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)

THE CHURCH

We believe that there is only one true Church, the spiritual body and bride of Christ. The Church consists of all people who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, with Jesus serving as the Head. The Church functions through local churches where all Christians can come together to worship, pray, teach God’s word, fellowship, service to the rest of the body, outreach the lost, and observe the two sacraments Jesus instituted: Baptism and Communion.
(Ephesians 5:25-27, Matthew 16:18, 28:18-20, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 2 Corinthians 11:2)

SATAN

We believe there is a spiritual being whose name is Satan, also referred to as the devil. He was the crown jewel of God’s angelic creation until his own pride and ambition to become God caused him to convince many other holy angels to join his rebellion to overthrow God. He is now the unholy ruler of this world, father of lies, deceiver and tempter of man, author of every false religion, and leader over the powers of darkness and evil. He is destined to be overthrown, defeated, and cast into the eternal punishment by Jesus.
(1 Peter 5:8, Ezekiel 28:11-19, Isaiah 14:13-14, Ephesians 2:1-3, Revelation 12:10, 20:10)

THE LAST THINGS

We believe that Jesus will literally, personally, and visibly return to earth to purge the earth of sin, destroy evil, judge unbelieving man for his sin, consummate His marriage to His bride, the Church, and consummate His kingdom. We believe the return of Jesus is the blessed hope of the believer, the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.
(Luke 16:19-26, Revelation 20:4-6, 20:11-15, Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 4:15, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12)

BAPTISM

Baptism is always a new believer’s first step of obedience after salvation. Baptism is a public profession of one’s faith in Jesus Christ and should always follow faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism by immersion also symbolizes a person’s dying to their old self and the beginning of their new life in Jesus Christ. At Logos, it is a membership requirement that every member should be baptized AFTER they have trusted in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior even though many of them may have been “confirmed” as children or “christened” as infants. This was the same step of obedience taken by members of churches in the New Testament. If you have already been baptized by another church AFTER trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, it is not necessary to be baptized again to join Logos Community Church.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:38-39, Acts 10:43-47, Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12)

CHILD DEDICATION

Some churches practice a “Baptism of Confirmation” for children by sprinkling them. This covenant between the parents and God to raise their children in the faith began as a custom some three-hundred (300) years after the Bible was completed. While it is surely a meaningful experience for the parents, this is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose of Baptism is to publicly confess your personal relationship with Christ.

At Logos, parents may choose to bring their child before the church for a time of dedication. During this time, we are not saying the child is baptized or is becoming a Christian. This dedication serves a two-fold purpose. First, it’s a time for the parents to commit before God and their church family that they will bring up their child to know Jesus. And, it’s a time for the church family to pray for the parents and for the child to one day come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

ETERNAL SECURITY

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
(John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14, 1 Peter 1:3-5)

ETERNITY

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)

MARRIAGE/GENDER

Marriage is God’s idea. God created and sanctioned marriage to bring together one man and one woman in a covenant relationship with Himself (Genesis 2:18-25). Marriage between one man and one woman for life is uniquely designed to reflect Christ’s relationship with His Church (Ephesians 5:21-33). Marriage also serves as the foundational unit of a stable society (1 Corinthians 7:2). It provides the best chance that children will grow up in the same home with both their mom and dad (Ephesians 6:1-3).

Gender, likewise, matters. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female (Psalm 139:13-16), and these distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Human sexuality is a wonderful gift from God (Song of Solomon) intended and designed for the marriage relationship between one man and one woman. The Bible is clear in its teaching that any form of sex outside of marriage, whether it be heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is sinful and must be avoided.
(Leviticus 18:22; Matthew 5:17-20; Matthew 15:19; Matthew 19:4-5; Rom 1:26-27; I Cor 6:9-11; I Tim 1:8-10; Jude 6-7).

CHURCH STRUCTURE

Logos is an autonomous church and is not governed by any other body or organization. We are led in day to day ministry operations by our Pastoral Staff. Logos is shepherded by the pastors who are responsible for the general oversight and spiritual welfare of the church. The management team serves alongside the staff for advisement and guidance. The management team is comprised of church members with unique gifts and leadership abilities. This team provides accountability and support to the staff. We keep our structure simple for the purpose of minimizing maintenance and maximizing ministry.

THE VALUES WE LIVE BY

BIBLE BASED

We are a church who finds value in primarily going through the scriptures expositionally. Paul wrote, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” We believe that the Bible reveals God to us and how we are to respond to that revelation. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. Scripture should regulate or dictate all that we do as a church and as individual Christians.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 10:17, Psalm 119:105, 1 Timothy 4:19)

GOSPEL CENTERED

The gospel is the only good news that addresses the sin issue that has destroyed this world. We are about the person and work of Jesus and we are devoted to structuring our church and ministries to be focused on worshipping God, focusing on Jesus, and sharing the gospel. Our aim is to reach our city, our region, and the ends of the world.
(Mark 10:45, Romans 5:8, Mark 16:15, Psalm 96:3)

PRAYERFUL

We encourage prayer as the foundation of all the work and relationships that exist and we seek to bathe all activities and decisions in prayer. God calls his children to pray for all things and for one another. Through prayer, we are allowed to come into His presence and be a part of things God is doing that has eternal significance.
(Psalm 145:18, Philippians 4:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, James 5:16)

SPIRIT FILLED

Jesus accomplished His ministry through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit also empowered the apostles and the first church to reach thousands. We must be filled with the Spirit and follow His leadership into all knowledge, truth, and good works. As we are filled by the Spirit there should be evidence of a fruit filled life.
(Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 5:22, Luke 11:13, John 6:63, John 15)

OUR MISSION TO MAKE DISCIPLES

Our great commission is to make disciples who in turn, make disciples. This is not a recommendation but a commandment.  We expect people to follow Jesus as He offers them forgiveness of their sins, giving them a renewed identity as His beloved sons and daughters. We teach them to come to Him in worship, be built up through community, and be a holy priesthood on mission to the world.
(Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:2, John 15:8, Ephesians 4:11-17, 1 Corinthians 11:1,  Luke 5:30–32, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:13-15, Psalm 96:3)

IN COMMUNITY

We have not only been saved into relationship with God but into relationship with other believers. God’s desire is for us to live out love within the context of community as Jesus set an example for us in the Gospels and as we see within the Trinity. We have been designed for community and there is safety found in a healthy, gospel focused community that seeks to love and serve one another and collectively reach the lost world.
(Acts 4:32, Philippians 2:1-4, Romans 15:5, 1 Corinthians 12)

FOR OUR CITY

As followers of Jesus, we are called to be a light as we serve our city sharing the Good News of the Gospel as well as doing good works to the glory of the Father. The question we must ask is, “If our church ceases to exist, will our city miss us?” When our city flourishes, we flourish; and when our city is blessed, we are blessed.
(Jeremiah 29:7, Matthew 5:16, Acts 2:46-47)

FAMILY FOCUSED

We embrace the importance of the home and family and will do everything we can to encourage and strengthen the family unit. Our God is a covenant God who has valued families and family relationships since the time of Abraham. The home is the primary place where children are taught to know and serve the Lord. In addition, parents are the primary role models for children. We believe men are called to lead in their homes.
(Genesis 17:7, Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Titus 2:4, 1 Timothy 3:12, Psalm 127:3, Ephesians 6:4, Ephesians 5)

DEVELOP LEADERS

Since sin entered the garden, God has worked through the leadership of mankind to accomplish His mission. When leaders are trained and released, they help share the DNA of the church, reach more people, and help accomplish the vision in a greater capacity. We find value in training leaders not only for the development of our church but for the development of other churches and ministries.
(Romans 12:7, 2 Timothy 2:2, Acts 6:3-7, Philemon 1:6-7)

CULTURALLY RELEVANT

The gospel message is timeless but must be communicated and lived out in a timely manner that impacts our cities and our cultures without compromising the Word of God. The culture is constantly shifting and our methods must shift as well if we are going to reach today’s culture including being excellent in our methods.  We might be described as “theologically and biblically conservative” and “methodologically liberal”.  Here’s what we mean–our desire is not to have “holy huddles” and separate from culture, but to engage and witness to culture. We, like Jesus, want to “seek and save the lost.”
(Luke 19:7-10; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Colossians 3:23-24)