What We Believe
While Sonrise uses contemporary and timely methods to proclaim the gospel, we unashamedly hold to the timeless truths of historic Christianity. Among our core beliefs and values are these:
...in one God, who eternally exists in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Christians we hold to the centrality of Jesus Christ to God’s plan for the world. He is the unique Son of God and is our only hope for salvation.
...God desires a relationship with human beings. We were created "to know God and enjoy His presence forever." Therefore, we believe that Christianity at its core is about a relationship with God.
...human beings are made in the image of God and are the object of His affection. That image, though, has been marred by sin and that our relationship with God is broken and in need of restoration. We believe that God, in Christ, came to reconcile us back to Himself. That Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection make it possible for us to know God and receive forgiveness of sins. Salvation, being restored to a right relationship with God, is His gift to us; there is nothing we can do to earn it. We receive that gift by faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for us.
...in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, the giver of life. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts for the purpose of serving others and the building of God’s Kingdom. The power of the Holy Spirit is made available to believers so they might live the life God calls us to.
...the Bible is our primary authority for all matters related to faith and practice. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments were written by human authors yet inspired by the Holy Spirit. "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." II Timothy 3:16
...people matter to God and that our goal as a church is to “Change the world... one life at a time!” As a church we do not exist to meet our own needs but the needs of those outside of a saving relationship with God. We believe that discipleship is the focus of the Christian life and that full devotion to Jesus Christ is normative for every believer.
...the gospel of Jesus Christ, proclaimed through the local church, is the hope of the world. The church is Jesus' idea and God's new community. It is a human institution marked by all the frailties of humanity yet it is the visible presence of the Kingdom of God on earth and the Body of Christ.