Our Church

This Season

In this season, our vision at Coastline is to be a church that learns to Practice The Way of Jesus

Rule of Life

What is a Rule of Life? Let's not over complicate this, a Rule of Life is an invitation to be guided by a set of habits and practices based on the life of Jesus himself. 

At Coastline we are unapologetically going to challenge you to make intentional choices with your life; and in community, we have written a Rule of Life for our church that we believe reflects a set of habits and practices based on the life of Jesus himself that we are all called to live. 

May our Rule of Life serve as your guide to Practice The Way of Jesus in this season.

We are seeking to be a community of rest in a culture of hurry and exhaustion, through the practice of Sabbath.
We are seeking to be a community of communion with God in a culture of distraction and escapism, through the practice of Prayer.
We are seeking to be a community of courageous fidelity to orthodoxy in a culture of theological compromise, through the practice of Scripture.
We are seeking to be a community of contentment in a culture of consumerism, through the practice of Generosity.
We are seeking to be a community of hospitality in a culture of hostility, through the practice of Witness.
We are seeking to be a community of adoration, devotion, and praise to God in a culture of selfishness, through the practice of Worship.
We are seeking to be a community of peace and quiet in a culture of anxiety and noise, through the practice of Solitude.
We are seeking to be a community of love and depth in a culture of individualism and superficiality, through the practice of Community.
We are seeking to be a community of holiness in a culture of indulgence and immorality, through the practice of Fasting.
We are seeking to be a community of justice, mercy, and reconciliation in a culture of injustice and division, through the practice of Service.

Rule of Faith

What is a Rule of Faith? Similar to a Rule of Life, a Rule of Faith is an invitation to be guided by a set of beliefs based on the Christian scriptures, or the Bible. 

At Coastline we believe the Bible is God's Word to us. As we learn to live like Jesus, we lean into a set of beliefs intended to guide us as we make intentional choices in our lives. 

May our Rule of Faith serve as your guide to Practice The Way of Jesus in this season.

God the Father
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1,26,27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-15; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. This immersion into Spirit-led living provides the Christian with the power to live a fruitful, victorious life, understanding of spiritual truth, and boldness in sharing the good news with others. He also gives us spiritual gifts. As Christians, we seek to live under His daily control. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25

The Bible
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5

Human Beings
People are made in the image of God and are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59; Romans 3:23

Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

We believe in sanctification, the on-going process of yielding to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Hebrews 2:11

We believe the church is the world-wide body of Christ. It is comprised of all believers who have been united through the sacrifice of Jesus. God has also called these believers to be part of a local church family. Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 12:22-24

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in relationship with Him is eternal life. John 3:16; 12:25; 14:2-3; 17:3; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15

Sexual Formation
The way of Jesus calls us to key distinctives in how we relate to our sexual formation. We believe that living in the way of Jesus means embracing His vision of faithfulness in sexuality.  This practically looks like abstaining from all sexual relationships outside of the historic vision of Christian marriage expressed in whole life covenant union between a man and woman, avoiding pornography, inappropriate relationships that compromise our witness, and pursuing life giving holiness by the grace of God.

We are committed to seek to understand and address the deep heart issues of identity and experience which draw some people into the LGBTQI+ practice; to reach out with love, compassion, and justice of Christ, and to reject and condemn all forms of hatred, verbal or physical abuse, and victimization of LGBTQI+ people.

Historic Statements

Looking To The Past
Written by Lead Pastor, Brice Sanders

The Apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, outlined several arguments in his letters that linked his own nature as a human being and the nature of all human beings back to Adam, the first human being (see Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15).

Paul illustrates this idea to explain that we are not a group of individuals, but rather we as human beings have something in common with one another. This connection is not about a social or biological link, nor is it about a shared narrative (family history, country of origin, faith upbringing, ethnicity, race). Instead, Paul teaches about our shared sinful nature for the purposes of understanding our need for salvation in Jesus Christ.

At the time of our salvation we then share in a new kind of commonality: We become the Church. At the moment of salvation, whether we realize it or not, we enter into the community and family of God called, the Body of Christ, or the Church. While we await for Jesus’ return at the renewal of all things, Jesus’ first coming has brought us the opportunity, through salvation, to be the beginning firstfruits of the coming Kingdom. Today, the Church looks to live presently as if the coming Kingdom is already here, and at the same time, not yet here.

Why does Paul's illustration of this matter? The challenge we all face in each generation is in learning how to live the Christian faith, regardless of our cultural moment or the urgent matters of our era. At Coastline Church our hope is to link ourselves to the the early church and the historic Christian community that came after the Apostles, and walk humbly in our own Christian living based on their teachings found in Scripture.

For this very reason, we at Coastline Church lean into the creeds and confessions of the early church community, who wrote them as a means to help future generations believe in the full divinity and humanity of Jesus, and live the Christian faith.

At Coastline Church, we submit to establishing our understanding of the Christian faith, according to Scripture, by submitting to the beliefs written in our Rule of Life. In addition, we draw on the historic communal conclusions of The Apostles Creed (written in the year 120) and The Nicene Creed (written in the year 325) as a means of reference, to link our present community and family at Coastline Church to the Christian community the Apostles established.

Our reference to these historic statements, which summarize the basis of the Christian faith from Scripture, and the teachings of the early church, represents our attempt at Coastline Church to hold a traditional Statement of Faith alongside our Rule of Life.

May the Apostles Creed and The Nicene Creed serve as your guide to Practice The Way of Jesus in this season.

Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of 

God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to 

judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, 

of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, 

the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten not made,

one in being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation 

he came down from heaven;
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary, 

and became man.
For our sake he was crucified 

under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day he rose again 

in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven 

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to 

judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son 

he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one, holy, catholic, 

and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism 

for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.