VISION & VALUES

Love God. Serve Others. Reach Our Community and World.

OUR VISION

We envision a multi-generational community of theologically-sound believers, who manifest Christ’s character, by applying biblical principles to daily life, encouraging one another spiritually and relating the Gospel to our culture.


Tri-State Fellowship was founded on the idea that a church isn’t a building – it’s made up of people who seek to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known. To be successful in that endeavor, people need to know the Bible – the source of teaching about God’s plan for the ages and His work of grace through Christ.


This knowledge is more than something intellectual. It is practical instruction for life in a fallen world. And beyond ourselves, this relationship with God through Jesus Christ is a compelling message to be shared by life and word with all people, near and far. To bring it together in a simple purpose statement, our purpose is to disciple generations to love God, serve one another, and reach our community and world.

WHAT WE VALUE

We believe the Word of God is relevant for all generations and foundational for fruitful living, yielding people hungry for the Word and thirsty for the Spirit. We believe spiritually mature followers are individually and corporately dependent upon God, gifted by the Spirit to share the Gospel – while living a life of service, prayer, and worship. We believe that intergenerational discipleship produces the healthiest and most enduring church that lovingly serves one another through varied groups and ministries. We believe in a corporate elder leadership team, that along with professional staff oversee the spiritual well-being of the congregation, identifying and equipping servant leaders. We believe in reaching our community and world with God’s unchanging truth, while being innovative and culturally relevant. We believe in a compassion-oriented ministry of grace and hope toward forgiven sinners, while living together in covenant relationships as a church family.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:

 

God

 

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

 

The Bible

 

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

 

The Human Condition

 

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His im-age, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

 

Jesus Christ

 

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

 

The Work of Christ

 

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

 

The Holy Spirit

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

 

The Church

 

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

 

Christian Living

 

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to com-bat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

 

Christ’s Return

 

We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

 

Response and Eternal Destiny

 

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.