OUR CORE VALUES
WE ARE FREE
In Christ, we have been set free from and free to. We are free from sin, condemnation, guilt, self-effort, and empty religious rituals. We are also free to be completely like Christ! That means enjoying God and creatively bringing the power of the Gospel into everyday life. We believe there’s no divide between the secular and the sacred because everything we do is worship.
Within Forge, we trust the Holy Spirit in each believer to reveal what God wants to do through the Forge body. God is living, and he directs his church by placing his heart and desires in the living hearts of his people. That’s why Forge believes church programs aren’t sacred but people are. We aim to keep programs serving people instead of people serving programs.
WE ARE FAMILY
Church is a living expression of Christ. It’s not a building. It’s not a structure. It’s not a support network. It’s a living , breathing body made up of spiritual family that need each other. We believe in connectedness because Jesus prayed that we would be one: one with the Father, and one with each other. That means we form deep friendships, not shallow acquaintances. We provoke each other to grow in love, not play consumerist games. These friendships give each person a place of belonging, being known, and becoming completely like Christ, together. – See
WE ARE ON A MISSION
Forge family embrace their calling to demonstrate the Gospel of the Kingdom that transforms every area of culture and society, not just a gospel of salvation. Being “salt and light” means our focus remains outward to restoring a hurting world, not inward to building a single church.
WE ARE MULTIGENERATIONAL
Children are an integral part of our community. Family, both human and spiritual, is the training ground for a child’s future success. That’s why Forge is committed to including kids and equipping families in the context of broader spiritual community. We believe young and old are stronger together than we are apart.
WE ARE PRESENCE-DRIVEN
We are defined by the presence of Jesus ministering to and through his Church. He is speaking as clearly and working as powerfully today through Holy Spirit as ever, so our gatherings create a space where people can learn to hear and follow him.
WE VALUE SCRIPTURE
The Forge family is made up of diligent students of Scripture because the Word of God is the final authority in our lives.
WE ARE SELF-FEEDERS
Forge trains people to go directly to God for wisdom and provision. God is their source. People, including pastors and teachers, are gifted by God only to help believers learn to draw all they need directly from the Lord. Believers in Forge learn to feed themselves at the abundant table the Lord sets before them.
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
We agree with the Nicene Creed. Here is a more detailed explanation of our beliefs.
There is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator and Redeemer of all that is. He is perfectly holy, just, loving and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be eternally self-existent––one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, and is God’s Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God’s Kingdom on earth. He was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected and ascended into heaven, and is now alive today, in the presence of God the Father and in His people. He is “true God” and “true man.”
We are saved by God’s grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can be restored to fellowship with God through repenting, believing and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit, convicts, regenerates, justifies, and adopts us as we enter the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.
In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live holy and minister super-naturally. The baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4 is poured out on believers that they might have power to be witnesses.
The victorious redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy – sin, lies, sickness and torment.
The Church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ. He gave His church the ordinances of Baptism and Communion. The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God’s love, disciple the nations, baptizing and teaching them to love and obey God.
In the ever increasing government of God and in the Blessed Hope, which is the glorious visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His overcoming bride – His church. Heaven and hell are real places. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death.
(Thanks to Bethel Church of Redding for use of their excellent statement of beliefs.)