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What we believe and why

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Our Beliefs

Life's decisions, both conscious and often unconscious, flow from your answers to life's major questions: Is there a God and what is He like if He does exist? What is the source of truth and how does that affect the way we live, pray, govern, relate, etc.? Who is man and where does evil come from? Is there a purpose to life and history? The way you answer these questions forms your worldview and behavior. A correct worldview will lead you into truth and the truth will set you free. So, these doctrinal statements are a brief, though not exhaustive, explanation of the basics of truth communicated to us from God in His Word.

God

There is only one eternal, all powerful and Holy God revealed in three distinguishable, yet indivisible, expressions: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. 
(Mt 28:19 • 2 Cor 13:14 • John 14:15-17)

 

Lord Jesus Christ

Is the only Savior, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, completely God and completely man.
(Luke 1:26-35 • John 1:18 • Is 7:14)

Died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples.
(I Cor 15:1-6,9 • Rom 4:25)

Ascended bodily to heaven, and is exalted as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(John 14:1-3 • Phil 2:9-11 • Rev 17:14 • Rev 19:11-17).

Will return to the earth in person (second coming) for the church.
(I Tim 6:14-16 • I Thess 4:13-18 • Mt 24:30-31, 42, 44)

 

The Holy Spirit

Sent by the Father to live inside the believer to empower man through baptizing us in His Spirit so that we can live a transformed life.
(Acts 2:1-4, 8:14-17, 10:44-46 • Gal 3:14-15 • Rom 8:26-27 • 1 Cor 14)

Is a life-giving Spirit that brings physical healing to the believer in its varied aspects as practiced in the Early Church.
(Acts 4:30 • Rom 8:11 • 1 Cor 12:9 • James 5:14)

Empowers Christians through the gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14, as manifested in the Early Church.

 

The Bible

The Bible is God's eternal, inspired and infallible Word in its entirety and is the supreme standard and final authority for all conduct, faith, and doctrine.
(II Tim 3:16,17 • I Cor 2:13 • 2 Pet 1:19-21)

 

Spiritual Warfare

Satan is a real person, and he and his angels will be eternally judged.
(Mt 25:41 • Rev 20:10-15)

 

Man & Salvation

Was created, tested and fell as recorded in Genesis; and man is totally depraved and unable to attain to divine righteousness.
(Rom 5:12,18, 8:1-9 • 6:23, 3:23 • Rom 7:18, 21-25)

Is saved by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins.
(Eph 2:8-9 • Heb 9:12-15 • Rom 5:11)

Lives eternally: eternal life for believers,
(John 5:24 • 3:16,36)
and eternal punishment for unbelievers.
(Mark 9:43-58 • 2 Thes 1:9 • Rev 20:10-15)

 

Christ, Discipleship & Conduct

Christians, once saved, need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and in water by immersion in the name of the Eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of Christ.
(Mt 28:19 • Acts 2:34-36, 19:1-6)

Christians should live a Spirit-filled life, separated from the world in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith.
(Eph 5:18 • 2 Cor 6:14, 7:1)

Christians should participate in the table of the Lord, commonly called Communion or the Lord's Supper, for believers as a memorial celebration of the fellowship of the Body of Christ and our redemption through His blood.
(1 Cor 11:28-32)

 

The Church

Government: A plural eldership with a governing ("senior") minister who qualify on the basis of Scripture in spiritual life, character, domestic life, rulership ability, and pastoral grace.
(I Tim 3:1-7 • Titus 1:5-9 • 2 Tim 4:1-2 • 1 Pet 5:1-2)

Purpose: The last instrument that God is using to extend His kingdom prior to the second coming of Christ.
(Eph 3:8-11 • Mat 6:18 • Eph 1:20-22)

Autonomy: The local church is completely autonomous - that is, it is self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating in its mature state.
(Acts 13:1-3)

Accountability: Every believer in Christ must be subject to God's authority in a specific local church for spiritual protection and long-term fruitfulness.
(Heb 13:17)