Statement of Faith
believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ's Agape
love, which is greater than any differences we possess (Phil. 2:1-2) and
without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians (1 John
believe worship of God should be spiritual (John 4:23-24). Therefore,
we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to
direct our worship.
believe worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, we rely on
teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us on how He should
be worshipped (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:1-2).
believe worship of God should be fruitful. Therefore, we look for His
love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly
worshipping Him (Luke 6:43-44; John 13:35). •We
believe in the inerrancy of Scripture; that the Bible, Old and New
Testaments, are the inspired, infallible Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). •We believe that God is eternally existent in three separate persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7). •We believe that God is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things (Gen. 1:1-2:2).
believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was
born of a virgin (Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:23), lived a sinless life (Heb.
4:15), provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary and
atoning death on the cross (1 John 2:2), was bodily resurrected by the
power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 17:31; 1 Cor. 15:3-8), ascended back to
the right hand of God the Father (Mark 16:19), and ever lives to make
intercession for us (Rom.8:27; Heb. 7:24-25).
Jesus ascended to Heaven (Acts1:9), He poured out His Holy Spirit on
believers in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-4), enabling them to fulfill His
command to preach the Gospel to the entire world; an obligation shared
by all believers today (Matt 28:19-20).
believe that all people are by nature separated from God and
responsible for their own sin (Rom. 3:23; Is. 59:2), but that salvation,
redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of
our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23). When a person repents of sin (Acts
3:19) and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior (Rom.
10:9-11), trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again
and sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14), all of his/her sins are
forgiven (1 John 1:9), and that person becomes a child of God, destined
to spend eternity with the Lord.
believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures (1
Cor. 12:1-11), and that they are valid for today and are to be exercised
within scriptural guidelines. We, as believers, are to covet the best
gifts (1 Cor. 12:27-31), seeking to exercise them in love that the whole
Body of Christ might be edified (1 Cor. 14:12). We believe that love is
more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without love, all
exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless (1 Cor. 13).
believe that the ministry leadership should be simplistic, rather than a
complex bureaucracy, and that we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead
rather than on fleshly promotion (Acts 6:3; Eph. 1:22).
await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church (1 Thes. 4:13-18, 5:9;
Matt. 24), and we believe that the Second Coming of Christ (Matt. 24:44;
25:31; Acts 1:10-11; 1 Cor. 15:51-52) with His saints to rule the earth
will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible. This motivates us to
holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of
God’s Word, regular fellowship, participation in adult baptism by
immersion and in communion.
•We reject the following beliefs or practices; (1) Christians can be demon possessed (Matt. 12:24-30; 1 Cor. 6:19, 10:20; 2 Cor. 6:14-16), (2) five point Calvinism (i.e. a fatalistic Calvinistic view that leaves no room for free will; specifically, we reject the belief that Christ's atonement was limited; instead, we believe that He died for all people; and we reject the assertion that God's wooing grace cannot be resisted or that He has elected some people to go to hell; instead, we believe that anyone who wills to come to Christ may do so) (John 3:16; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 John 2:1-2), (3) positive confession (the faith movement belief that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man's will) (2 Cor. 12:7-10), (4) prophecy that supersedes Scripture (Deut. 13:1-4; Gal.1:6-9), (5) the incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology and philosophy into Biblical teaching (1 Cor 2; 1 Cor 3:19-20), and (6) the overemphasis of the spiritual gifts, experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of Biblical teaching (Deut. 13:1-4; Matt 12:38-42; 1 Cor. 13-14).