These are a number of our basic doctrinal beliefs that we believe to be true. We understand that these beliefs generally agree with much of Christianity as a whole and most of what could be called conservative Christianity (naming things is often a messy business, not always being sure what kinds of “baggage” are associated with certain terms. My hope is that you consider the whole of what we represent and not on the fortunate or unfortunate naming of a thing…).
- The ‘Father” of the Trinity (God). We believe that God Exists and is the creator of the universe; that He is all-powerful (Omnipotent), all-knowing (Omniscient), all-present (Omnipresent), always was and always will be (Eternal), and forever is the same (Changeless); that He is in His essence holiness, love, justice, truth, faithfulness, and good; that He is in complete charge and control of everything (Sovereign); that He has a mission to bring all mankind back into fellowship with Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ (Mission of Reconciliation); and that He exists as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Trinity).
Romans 1:20; Job 42:2; Psalms 139:7-8; Psalms 139:3-4, 6, 17-18; Jude 1:25; Psalms 146:10; Malachi 3:6; Isaiah 5:16; 1 John 4:8; Psalms 19:9 (NKJV); Titus 1:2 (NKJV); 1 Corinthians 1:9 (NKJV); Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalms 135:5-6 (NKJV); 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Isaiah 6:8
- Jesus Christ. The ‘Son’ of the Trinity (God). We believe that Jesus Christ is God in human form come to Earth, fully human and fully God (Incarnation); that for salvation, He was killed and raised to life again; that He is currently seated at the right hand of the Father praying for us as High Priest (Intercession); and that He will return one day (Second Coming).
John 1:1; John 1:14; Romans 1:4-6; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:14; Titus 2:13
- Holy Spirit. The ‘Holy Spirit” of the Trinity (God). We believe that the Holy Spirit is a personal being not an impersonal force; that He is divine, the third member of the Trinity; that the He is instrumental in personal salvation: Conviction, Regeneration, Indwelling, Baptism, Sealing; that He teaches us all things and communicates the heart and will of God to us (Counselor); that he imparts spiritual abilities to Christians (Gifts); and that He fills the Christian with power (Filling/Baptism of Holy Spirit).
Ephesians 4:30; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 16:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8-11; Acts 2:4
- We believe that the Bible reveals God to man (Revelation); that God inspired the Bible to be written by man through the Holy Spirit (Inspiration); that it is authoritative for our lives and without error (Inerrancy); that it is only through the Holy Spirit that man can fully understand and embrace the truth of the Bible (Illumination); and that with the Holy Spirit as our guide, we are to be diligent students in order to interpret and apply the Bible correctly and powerfully to our lives (Interpretation).
John 1:1; Deuteronomy 29:29; 2 Timothy 3:16: 1 Corinthians 2:12; 2 Timothy 2:15
- We believe that Man was created by God in His own image with His psychological, emotional and spiritual likeness (God’s Image); that man exists in both physical and spiritual dimensions (Spirit and Flesh); that God has created each person for a purpose; and that man exist forever in either heaven or hell.
Genesis 1:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Matthew 25:31, 46; Luke 7:30; Romans 8:28; Genesis 1:26
- We believe that sin is rebellion against God; that the separation of man from God is due to the original sin of Adam and Eve (The Fall); that all of mankind is corrupted by this fall (Original Sin); and that since man’s internal nature has been corrupted by sin, he cannot keep from committing personal sins (Depravity).
1 John 5:17; Genesis 3:6; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23
- We believe that salvation is a freely given gift from God given to those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; that, in salvation, God extends forgiveness of sin, eternal life, and relationship; that the penalty of sin is paid for by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ (Atonement); and that we are continuously being made better (Sanctification); and one day will made whole again (Glorification).
Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 8:23
- Spirit Beings. We believe in spirit beings; that there are good spirit beings from God for ministering to Christians and executing God’s will in heaven and on the earth (Angels); that there are evil spirit beings seeking to gain glory for themselves and thwart God’s will and God’s people on earth (Satan and demons); that our principle battle is against these evil spirit beings and their activities and strongholds; and that we need not be afraid, for we have offenses, defenses, and ultimate victory through Jesus Christ against these evil spirit beings.
Hebrews 1:14; Isaiah 14:12-15; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:13; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 12:11
- We believe that the Church is the totality of all believers in Jesus Christ (Universal Church); that local assemblies of believers are organized to carry out the responsibilities of the universal church (Local Church); that servant leaders worthy of being followed evidenced by their spiritual maturity are appointed to lead the local church; that Christians belong to the Universal Church and minister through the local church; and that the mission of the church is to carry out God’s mission on the Earth – bringing mankind back into relationship with God through Jesus (Reconciliation).
Matthew 16:18-19; 1 Corinthians 12:27; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Timothy 3:2-7; Hebrews 10:24-25; Matthew 28:18-20
- Future Things. We believe that Jesus will return to Earth again (Second Coming); that He will confirm the official destination of all individuals (Judgment); that those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will live with God for eternity (Heaven); and that those who have not known Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God (Hell).
Matthew 16:27; Revelation 22:20; 2 Corinthians 5:10; John 14:2-3; Revelation 22:3-5
- We believe that personal and corporate prayer is effective and powerful for relationship with God, for guidance and direction and co-laboring with God for change in our lives, change in our world, and in establishing God’s Kingdom; that we can talk to God, He hears us, He talks back, and we can know what He is saying; that it is our primary weapon for spiritual warfare; and that although it may not be the only thing we do when facing challenges, it is certainly the most important.
2 Chronicles 7:14; Mark 11:24; James 5:17; Psalms 34:17; Psalms 91:15; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:19
- We believe that one is submitted to the leaders of the mission God has directed him/her to be a part of for life or for a season as God directs; that one is only submitted to leaders as it relates to the mission; and that one must ultimately be true to God and the purpose and mission/vision He has placed on one’s life.
Hebrews 13:17; Titus 3:1; Romans 13:1; Acts 5:19; Acts 4:18-20; Ephesians 5:21; 1 Samuel 16-31 (David and Saul)
- We believe that God created and ordained marriage as the covenantal joining of one man and one woman in a lifetime commitment; that it is the best foundation for a healthy family; and that God’s only designed outlet for human sexuality is in and is blessed in the confines of marriage.
Genesis 2:24-25; I Corinthians 7:10-11; Ephesians 5:22-23
- Healing and Miracles. We believe in healing and miracles because of the nature of who God is and what Jesus has done on the cross. We believe that divine healing – mind, body, soul, and spirit – and all other kinds of miracles are available for every believer.
James 5:14; I Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 4:23-24
- We believe that everything we have comes from God and that we and all we have belongs to God. The important question is “How do I respond generously to God with all He has given to me? We look to “Jacob’s Tithe” (Gen 28:20-22) as a guide – purposeful, setting aside of resources to give to God – His mission through His Church, and the things that He places on our heart. Ultimately, we look to Him to lead us by His Spirit in generous, holistic giving of ourselves and all our resources.
Psalms 24:1; Genesis 28:20-22; 2 Corinthians 9:7 (really all of chaps. 8-9)
- Christian Living. We believe that in all aspects of our life, the Bible is the final authority; that in matters not covered specifically, Biblical principles lead our decisions and actions; and that one should proactively seek always to be led by the Holy Spirit through one’s intimate relationship with God.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; Exodus 18:13-23; Romans 8:14