What We Believe
OUR COLLECTIVE DISTINCTIVES
Dependent and Expectant.
Psalm 86:1, Ephesians 6:18, James 5:16
Expository and Applicational.
II Timothy 4:1-5, Hebrews 4:12, I Corinthians 2:1-5
Spirit and Truth.
Mark 12:30, John 4:23-24,John 12:32
Intentional and In Community.
Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 4:11-16,Acts 2:42-47, Romans 12:3-8
Word and Deed.
Matthew 9:36-38, Romans 1:16, Ephesians 6:19-20, Romans 15:20
STRATEGIC CHURCH PLANTING
Together and Around the World.
Matthew 16:18b, Acts 11:19-30, Acts 20:17-35, Titus 1:5-9
(What follows is not intended to be an exhaustive representation of our doctrinal statement. If you have questions about a topic that is not represented here or would like a copy of our complete doctrinal statement, please feel free to contact us.
We teach that there is only one true God (John 17:3), the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). He created all things (Revelation 4:11) and upholds all things by the Word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). He is a God of truth and without iniquity, He is just and right (Deuteronomy 32:4) and He shall judge the world (Psalm 9:8).
We teach that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience (Matthew 29:19-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Acts 4:3-4).
We teach the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We teach that He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. We teach that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We teach that He is truly God and truly man (John 1:1, 1:14, 1:18; John 14:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16).
We teach the total deity of the Holy Spirit and that His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14). The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner (Titus 3:5), baptizing the believer into one body of which Christ is the head (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:23). The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts and empowers the believer for godly living (John 14:26; John 16:13; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16). The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of God’s righteousness and of coming judgment (John 16:8-11).
We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by pretentious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith (John 16:13-14 Acts 1:8 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18
We teach that the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in their original writings. We teach that the 66 books of the Old Testament and the New Testament are God’s complete and sufficient revelation and therefore carry God’s authority for the total well-being of mankind (Psalm 119:97-104 Psalm 119:160; Matthew 5:18 John 5:46-47; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-16).
We teach that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker but, by voluntarily sinning, fell from his innocent state. Consequently, all mankind is sinful. All people are sinners not only by inheritance, but by their own choice and, therefore, are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We teach that without exception every man and every woman is totally depraved (incapable of saving himself or seeking God) and needs a Savior (Genesis 3:1-6 Romans 1:18 Romans 1:32; Romans 3:10-19 Romans 5:1-2).
We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. We teach that each person who repents of his sins (Matthew 3:2; Acts 3:19) and by faith receives Him as Lord and Savior (Matthew 16:24 Ephesians 2:8-9) is justified on the basis of Jesus Christ’s shed blood on the cross (Romans 3:24). Each person who receives Christ as Savior and Lord is born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby becomes eternally secure as a child of God. We teach that the Holy Spirit baptizes each believing person into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation and that there is no second baptism of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:37-39 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
(For information regarding our position on God's sovereignty, please see the "Distinctives" section.)
We teach that those who have been justified are also sanctified (set apart) to God and are, therefore, declared to be holy and identified as saints. This refers to the believer’s positional sanctification and should not be confused with progressive sanctification, which involves the believer’s daily walk and spiritual growth. (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Hebrews 10:10 1 Peter 1:2)
We teach that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the justified believer lives a life of progressive sanctification – the ongoing transformation of increasing holiness, becoming more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ. This occurs through the believer’s obedience to the Word of God and the empowering by the Holy Spirit. (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22 2 Corinthians 3:18)
SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We teach that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 5:24 6:37-40 10:27-30 Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30 Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24)
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
We teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality. (Romans 6:15-22 13:13-14 Galatians 5:13, 25-26 Titus 2:11-14)
THE RETURN OF CHRIST, HEAVEN, AND HELL
We teach the “blessed hope”: the personal, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ, which will occur before the thousand year millennium. This return, then, is said to be “premillennial.” His return has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We teach the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved are raised to eternal, conscious bliss in heaven (Matthew 25:34 John 14:2 2 Corinthians 5:1 Revelation 2:7, and the lost are raised to eternal torment in a literal place called hell in conscious separation from God. (Matthew 8:11 Matthew 10:28; Matthew 13:49-50 Mark 9:47-48 Luke 12:5 Revelation 21:8.
Upon justification, a believer becomes part of the body of Christ, which is the church. There is one church universal, composed of all those throughout the world who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scriptures command believers to gather in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command of Christ to make disciples of all believers (Matthew 28:18-20 Acts 2:42-46 Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 14:26 Ephesians 2:16; 5:23.
Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church – under the oversight of elders and other supportive leadership. The church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Realizing that the cause of Christ extends beyond any one local fellowship, we commit ourselves to an ongoing ministry of extending the call of Christ to make disciples around the world (Matthew 28:19-20).