Statement of Faith

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Doctrinal and Practice Statement

Scriptures: We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration; inerrancy; sufficiency; and infallibility of the Scriptures in their original languages (Hebrew and Greek with some portions of Daniel in Aramaic). We also believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments comprise the Scriptures for believers in Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:16, Matthew 25:35, Psalm 119:89, Isaiah 55:11).

God: We believe in God as the Trinity comprising: God the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the (Holy) Spirit (Genesis 1:1-2, Genesis 1:26, John 1:1-18, John 14-16).

Salvation: We believe that all of mankind are enemies of God, lost and fallen, totally depraved and without hope of redemption by any effort of their own. We believe that Salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. (Ephesians 2:8-10) We believe in the eternal security of those believers who surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 5:10-13, Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 5:1-2, Romans 11:29, Titus 1:2, John 10:28, Jude 1:24-25. Philippians1:3-6, 1 Corinthians 15:10, John 6:37-40, Hebrews 6:17-20, 4:10, 10:35-36, 38-39, 1 John 2:18-19, 1 John 5:17, 1 John 2:1-2, John 6:27).

Evangelism and Discipleship: We believe that the essential task of the Body of Christ (which comprises the church) is evangelism and discipleship of all the nations. It is the role of believers to teach all of Christ’s commands, make disciples, and baptize converts in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19-20).

Church: We believe in the essential nature of the local church. Our ministry under no circumstances will compete with or endeavor to replace the nature and ministry of the local church but supplement and strengthen the local church.

Unity: We believe in unity of professed believers only with regard to Gospel centrality. We will not unify or partner with other “believers” who do not likewise share a central and firm belief in Biblical message of the Gospel: that Jesus Christ died to save sinners that all mankind is lost, enslaved to sin and children of Satan; and that only the saved through faith in Christ are the people and children of God. We do not endorse the Seeker Friendly Movement, the Social Gospel, the Internet Church, Ecumenical movements, or Liberal Theology. We hold this firmly for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the proclamation of Christ (John 3, 1 Peter 3:18, Romans 10, Romans 5, 2 John 1, 2 Corinthians 6).

Biblical Interpretation: We believe in the literal, grammatical, historical interpretation of Scripture, while recognizing a distinction between interpretation and application in that the Holy Spirit applies Scripture personally in varied ways in our lives (John 16). We deny that the Bible is still being written or that any one man possesses divine revelation, infallibility, and leadership of a global Body of Christ.