Statement of Faith

We and the ministries / workers listed on our site believe...

1. That "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God," by which we understand the whole book called THE BIBLE; that it is inerrant in the original writings and that it’s teaching and authority are absolute, supreme and final in all matters of faith and practice. That the Holy Spirit guided the holy men of old in all that they wrote. 2 Timothy 3:16; Deuteronomy 4:2; 2 Peter 1:21.

2. That God eternally exists in three persons,  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes and perfection. Romans 1:20; Matthew 28:19; Deuteronomy 4:35; John 17:5.

3. The Personality and Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was begotten of the Holy Spirit, historically born of the Virgin Mary, and as a result was completely God and completely human. John 1:1,14; John 10:30; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:30-31; Philippians 2:5-7; 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:19.

4. The Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit, the source and power of all acceptable worship and service, the infallible interpreter of the infallible Word, who indwells every true believer, and is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him and not with ourselves or our experiences. John 15:26; Acts 5:3, 4; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26, 27; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 16:13, 14.

5. Humans were created in the image of God, after His likeness, as stated in the Word of God, but the whole human race fell in the fall of the first Adam. Not only was his moral nature grievously injured by the fall but he totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil. "The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God" (Romans 8:7, 8). Therefore, he cannot see nor enter the kingdom of God until he is born again by the Holy Spirit. That no degree of reformation however great, no attainment in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies however useful, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner take even one step toward Heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word is absolutely essential to salvation. Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3; John 3:3, 6, 7; Titus 3:5.

6. Jesus Christ became the sinner's substitute before God, and died as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. That He was made a curse for the sinner, dying for his sins according to the Scriptures, that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church can add in the very least to the value of the precious blood or to the merit of that finished work wrought for us by Him, who tasted death for every man. Redemption is wholly by the blood of Christ and salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 John 2:2; Hebrews 2:9; Galatians 3:13; Romans 3:25; Romans 4:4-5; Romans 5:8; Colossians 1:13, 14, 20, 21.

7. The resurrection of the crucified body of Jesus Christ; that His body was  raised physically from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that He ascended into Heaven and sits as a glorified man on the right hand of God as the believer's high priest and advocate. Luke 24:39; Acts 1:10-11; Ephesians 4:10; Hebrews 1:3; 1 John 2:1.

8. Christ, in the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His death and resurrection, is received by faith alone and that the moment we trust Himas our Savior we pass out of death into everlasting life, justified from all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance, loved as He is loved and made one with Him. At the time of acceptance of Christ as Savior, He comes to dwell within the believer and to live out His life of holiness and power through him. Hebrews 9:15; John 5:24; Romans 3:28; Romans 4:3, 23-25; Ephesians 1:3; John 17:23; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 4:6-7; Galatians 5:16; Acts 1:8.

9. Every true child of God possesses eternal life and being justified, sanctified and sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity.God will discipline those who walk in sin after salvation, but salvation is not lost, because of sin or failure in sanctification.

10. The Church is composed of all those who truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and it began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It is the body and the bride of Christ. That every believer, whether Jew or Gentile, is baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit, and having thus become members of one another we are responsible to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian prejudices and denominational bigotry and loving one another with a pure heart fervently. The church’s calling, hope and destiny are heavenly, and its chief functions are to glorify God and witness for Christ until His return. Ephesians 1:22, 23; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:22-27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Romans 12:4, 5; Ephesians 4:3-6; Ephesians 5:32; Philippians 2:1-5; Galatians 5:13-15.

11. That Christ, the risen Head, is the Giver of spiritual gifts to all believers. Gifted individuals such as evangelists, pastors and teachers are responsible to Him for their service and are given “ for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

12. That there are two Christian ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. That the baptism of a believer, not an infant, by immersion, signifies that this individual, having died with Christ, is buried with Him in baptism and also is risen with Christ to walk in newness of life. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial feast, instituted by the Lord Himself exclusively for His own.  While both are commanded by our Lord, scripture does not teach that either is required for or aids in eternal salvation.

13. That all believers in our Lord Jesus are called into a life of separation from worldly and sinful practices and should abstain from such amusements and habits as will cause others to stumble, or bring reproach upon the cross of Christ. Believers are created in Christ Jesus unto good works. "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Galatians 6:10). 1 John 2:15, 16; Romans 13:14; Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 2:10.

14. That the local church should reflect the Body of Christ in a balance between outward evangelism, inward edification, and heavenward worship. Christ’s disciples are sent into all the world to preach the gospel, but the church’s existence is not solely for this end. The church exists to know God, enjoy Christ in worship, and serve as the Body through which God acts and communicates in the world today. Acts 2:42

15. The pre-millennial return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that the coming again of Jesus Christ, preceding the earthly millennial kingdom is the "Blessed Hope" set before us, for which we should be constantly looking. Our citizenship is in Heaven from whence we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20). Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; John 14:1-3; Titus 2:13; Philippians 3:20, 21.

16. The souls of those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in consciousness  until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body re-united shall be with Him forever in glory. Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 16:22, 25; Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18.

17. The souls of those who reject Christ remain after death in misery until the final judgment. There soul and body are reunited at the resurrection and are cast "Into the lake of fire" which is "the second death," to be "punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power" (2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9). Luke 16:22-23, 27-28; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:5, 11-15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9.

18. The reality and personality of Satan and the supernatural realm.  According to scripture Satan is powerful, can transform himself into an angel of light, and, deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9) Ephesians 6:11, 12; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10. That he is aided in this by other fallen angels called demons.

 

Specific Statement of Faith Regarding Basic New Testament Local Church Patterns

By checking below a worker indicates that they believe the scriptures teach these truths for the local church today.

That assemblies of believers should meet on the first day of each week to break bread in remembrance of the Savior’s death burial and resurrection, till He comes again. (Acts 20:7, 1 Cor 11:20 by implication, 11:23-26)

That assemblies of believers are to be shepherded by a non hierarchical plurality of elders. (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1 )

That God, having gifted every member of the Body for ministry, intends every believer to be engaged in local church “ministry” as a holy and royal priest.  Whether stated or implied, there are no professional-vs-lay boundaries in the local church. Such practices have been one of the chief sources of spiritual insecurity, inactivity, and immaturity among those dubbed “lay-persons” by Christendom.

That, despite the militantly egalitarian culture of our day, scripture teaches that positions of authority and audible teaching are the responsibility of men when the assembly is gathered. (1 Cor. 11:1-16, 1 Cor 14:34-35, 1 Tim. 2:11-15) That according to 1 Corinthians 11, the veiling of women is a visible indicator of God’s headship order between themselves and men in the gathered assembly.

That believers should avoid literally or figuratively splitting the one Body of Christ (Eph 4) into denominational sects and groups (1 Cor 1:10-17, 3:1-5). That, more than any other practice, denominational behavior has confused the unsaved world into thinking there are multiple Christianities and not one true Church on earth. That furthermore, the church has no headquarters anywhere on earth with authority to govern regions, or dictate the activities of multiple churches. The head of each local church, like the entire church, is Christ, not a pastor, bishop, or external governing body. (See Rev 2-3 by implication)

That while miracles are both welcomed and possible, certain gifts used to lay the foundation of the church (i.e. tongues, miracles, and prophecy) in the absence of completed scripture, were prophesied to pass. This appears to have happened according to church history, and many of those who practice such “sign gifts” today do so in contradiction to clearly stated rules laid down in scripture (Deut 13:1, 18:20-22, 1 Cor 14)