What We Believe

Interested in learning more about what we believe, what we value, and how we do things around here? The following information highlights some of the core beliefs that guide us and some of the values that shape the way we operate.

Some of our Foundational Beliefs

Jesus is Lord, and the Gospel is good news.
Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection we can be put back in a restored relationship with God. We are focused on letting the fullness of the Gospel impact every area of our lives. (John 3:16, John 10:10, Acts 4:12, Luke 4:14-21, Ephesians 1:22-23)
We recognize the central authority and importance of the Bible for all aspects of life.
We base our decisions on God’s truth and God’s wisdom as revealed in the Bible. We teach the Bible with integrity so that people find Christ and mature in Him. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:22-25, Isaiah 55:10-11)
We depend on the Holy Spirit.
We recognize that we cannot do ministry on our own. Instead we acknowledge that the Holy Spirit, God’s Empowering Presence, is alive and at work in each of us—empowering us to live the lives God calls us to live and do the things God calls us to do. (Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 8:26-27)
We are committed to the whole mission of the church.
We inspire and equip people to use their gifts…. to both “show and tell” about God. We are committed serving our community (showing) and to sharing the Gospel with others (telling) to help the Gospel influence every area of people’s lives. (Matthew 22:37-40, 28:19-20, Colossians 1:19-20, Matthew 25:31-46)
We recognize the importance of Christian community.
We value and foster life-giving relationships between believers. We trust that the Holy Spirit guides us in all truth as we interact with one another around God’s word and share life together. (Acts 2:44-47, John 13:34, Philippians 2:15, Hebrews 10:24-25)

Some of the Things We Emphasize

We invite people to authentically worship God.
We help people to worship in both personal and corporate settings. We thoughtfully arrange our Sunday worship in order to maximize participation and purposefully engage people in God-centered worship, and we equip people to connect with and worship God the other 167 hours of the week. (Romans 12:1-2, Colossians 3:16-17)
We are a community of prayer.
We strive (both individually and corporately) to be people of prayerful discernment, where we intentionally listen well to God so that we can confidently follow where He leads. We pray for individual, corporate, and community needs and believe God answers prayer. (Matthew 7:7-11, James 5:13-18)
We empower people to take ownership of their discipleship journey.
We want everyone we meet to continue to invest in things that help them become Fully Alive in Christ. Our role as a church is to provide the encouragement, training, and opportunities to do so. We believe it is every person’s responsibility to take ownership and initiative in that process for themselves. (Ephesians 4:11-13, Hebrews 12:1-3, Philippians 1:6)
We are committed to serving.
We are committed to helping people discover their gifts and put them into Kingdom service. We partner with other churches and we intentionally develop and invest in Kingdom opportunities to change communities both locally and globally. (1 Corinthians 12 and 14, Romans 12)
We support people at all stages of life.
We seek to provide an atmosphere that strengthens marriages, families, and singles. We invest in the lives of college students, young professionals, and retirees. We invest in strong youth and children’s programs. (2 Timothy 1:5, Colossians 3:18-4:1)
We are relationally centered.
We value unity and relationships. We emphasize small groups, foster interpersonal and spiritual connections, offer radical hospitality to guests, encourage evangelism through relationships, and lead and serve in teams wherever possible. (Acts 2:44-47, Acts 6:2-7)
We are committed to sharing the good news.
We look for ways to apply Jesus’ message and the mission He gave us to an ever-changing culture without compromising Biblical absolutes. We communicate the good news of Jesus Christ in ways people can understand, realizing that while the mission never changes the methods we use will. (1 Chronicles 12.32, 1 Corinthians 9.19-23, Luke 5.33-39) 
Suburban is a non-denominational church in the Independent Christian Church tradition. As part of that heritage we place a high value on weekly communion, baptism by immersion, unity around the essentials of the faith, and local governance by a group of Elders.

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