Statement of Faith & Purpose

 
 

Our Statement of Purpose:

The purpose of this church is to develop fully devoted followers of Jesus. (Matthew 28:19, 20) We accomplish the mission through…

-  Evangelism (Acts 1:8)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

-  Worship (Matthew 4:10)

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.

-  Fellowship (Acts 2:46-47)

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

-  Discipleship (Luke 9:23)

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

-  Ministry (1 Corinthians 12)

Concerning Spiritual Gifts

12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Unity and Diversity in the Body

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

Love Is Indispensable

And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

Our Statement of Faith:

We believe…

-  The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the Inspired Word of God, infallible in its truth, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of mankind, and the Divine and ultimate authority in all matters of faith and practice.

-  In one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these are equal in all divine perfection; and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.

-  That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He willingly died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures.  Furthermore, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where at the right hand of the Father, He is our High Priest and our Advocate.

-  That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict people of sin, transform the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living service.

-  That mankind was created in the image of God but, by disobedience, fell into sin and is, therefore, spiritually lost and separated from God. Only by believing in Jesus for salvation can forgiveness of sins and eternal life be obtained.

-  That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provides the only grounds for justification and salvation for all who believe.  Only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and become eternal children of God.

-  That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by followers of Jesus.  They are not, however, to be regarded as means of salvation. Baptism is to be by immersion unless a person is physically unable to do so. 

-  That the true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the head.

-  In the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. 

-  In the bodily resurrection of the dead; that the believer will receive eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord; that the unbeliever will receive judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

  • The institution of marriage is between a man and a woman entering into a covenant relationship as stated in the book of Genesis.