What We Believe

What We Believe

We believe in the Trinity …

– that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God – but, there is only one God.  And these Three, though distinct in identity, comprise one Divine Eternal Being, united in thought, purpose, and action; that the Triune Godhead purposely and supernaturally created and sustains the universe, and all life.  While this is biblically sound doctrine, it’s one that can be difficult to understand; as an infinite God cannot be fully described in a finite world.

We believe in the Bible …

– as the God-breathed and preserved written revelation of the Trinity made available to all mankind; infallible in the original writings.  That these writings are the message of God to mankind revealed and conveyed by the Spirit through the words and personalities of those prompted to speak and write; that, in this body of writing and through the convicting work of the Spirit, the Trinity calls mankind into fellowship with them; that the teachings, guidance, and directives revealed in the Bible are completely sufficient and authoritative to determine our faith, purpose, and conduct.

We believe in Jesus Christ …

– who, being both God and man, was conceived supernaturally and born naturally; that he grew and lived among us at the Trinity’s chosen time in history; that he revealed to mankind the essence of the Trinity; that He proclaimed the good news of salvation and relationship with God, the Father, and brought the kingdom-rule of God to the lives of believers; that he performed many signs, wonders, and miracles in order to confirm His identity, convince all of His authority, and to display the love and compassion of the Trinity for all of mankind; that he was crucified, buried, and was bodily raised from the dead in fulfillment of the holy scriptures.

We believe in our Need for Salvation …

– that sin and disobedience to the Divine Intent of the Godhead separates us from the Godhead, and has created a human need; such that human beings are absolutely dependent upon the power, grace, and work of the Trinity in restoring us to our original spiritual design; that our need for salvation and spiritual restoration is met only by the sacrifice of the perfect, sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ, in our behalf; that baptism into Christ Jesus, through His literal death, burial, and resurrection, brings forgiveness of sins once and for all, so we too might walk in newness of life, restoring fellowship with the Trinity, and spiritual newness to our souls.

We believe in One Church …

– as God’s collective family in the world; that all who accept salvation through Jesus Christ and who turn away from sinful lifestyles, acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, and are by water immersed into Christ through baptism, and added by God Himself into His family of believers; that in the body of Christ, there are no differences or distinctions as to race, gender, class, age, or social status, but that all are fellow disciples of Jesus Christ and co-equal brothers and sisters in the family of God; that God has equipped each person in His church with special gifts, opportunities, and resources in order to serve both God and his fellow man.

We believe in the Unity of All Believers …

– that all believers in Christ make up one body with Christ as our Head; that no denominational distinctions, man-made religious organizations, or party spirits are warranted or authorized; that the Trinity is the exclusive Judge and Determiner of those who are in fellowship with our Eternal Father; that all believers are responsible before God to maintain the unity we have received through Christ Jesus, and maintain such unity through weekly observance of Communion on the first day of the week.

We believe in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper …

– that Christian baptism is the post-repentant water immersion of a believer for the forgiveness of sin. It is a demonstration of the believer’s faith in a crucified- buried- and risen Savior; the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection into newness of life, in Christ Jesus. It is prerequisite to becoming a member of Christ’s Church, and participation in the Lord’s Supper.

The Lord’s Supper is an act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, which represent His body and blood, memorialize the death of the Redeemer through communion as we proclaim His death, awaiting His return.

We Believe in A Capella, and Instrumental Music…

– that the predominate instrument is our voice as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  That as we worship God in our singing, it is appropriate to employ the use of individual gifts in the accompaniment of instruments.  The Apostle Paul teaches that we are to speak to one another in psalms (many of which specifically instruct instrumental use); as God’s nature is unchanging,  we acknowledge the superiority of the whole of scripture.

To insist one must exclude a mode of worship in a particular place, during a particular time, on a particular day, would decree a notion that we are to worship God in our daily lives differently than what is permitted in our corporate time of worship; resulting in ambiguity and inconsistency of God’s word.

We believe in Our Mission …

– to bring glory to God with our worship, work, and obedience; that our lives are to be a source of constant praise, both in frequent times of corporate worship and in our lifestyle; that as we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, love and edify one another, and meet each other’s emotional, spiritual, and physical needs, we reflect the image of Christ and bring honor to God.

We believe in Stewardship …

– that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are, we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual obligation to the world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship of their possessions. They are therefore under debtorship to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize these as entrusted to them for the glory of God and serving others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We believe in Our Eternal Destiny …

– that Jesus Christ will one day return from heaven and we will meet Him in the air, where He will Judge the world and reward His faithful followers by giving them entrance into heaven, the eternal home of all believers; that, since we do not know the exact time of His appearing, we must live each moment in obedient anticipation of His return.

We believe in Family …

– that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church, and to provide for the man and woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in His image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church, and gave His life for her. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband, even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God – as is her husband and therefore equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing their household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values, and to lead them through a consistent lifestyle example and loving disciplines; to make decisions based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

We believe in demonstrating Christianity within the Social Order …

– that all Christians are under obligation to seek in making the will of Christ supreme in our lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society, and the establishment of righteousness among men, can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of individuals by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians are to oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice in all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends, Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love, without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.

We believe in Education …

– that Christianity is faith through enlightenment and intelligence; in Christ alone, abides all treasures of wisdom and knowledge, therefore all sound learning is part of our Christian heritage. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive, along with these, the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to the edification of God’s people.

In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. Freedom of a teacher within a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the preeminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the institution exists.