Thursday, November 1, 2007

Statement of Faith

I've simply copied and pasted this from our church website. It's pretty lengthy. If you still have questions about what I believe please feel free to email me.




GOD... A triune being---the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:1; Mark 12:29)
  • The Father...He created all things (Genesis 1:1; Revelation 4:11), and upholds all things by the Word of His power (Heb. 1:3). It is in Him by which we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:18). God is just; His ways are perfect and just. He is righteous and upright (Deut. 32:4). He will judge the world with righteousness and equity and He is a stronghold for the oppressed (Psalms 9:9-10).

  • The Son...Jesus Christ, the Son of God and born of the virgin Mary. He is the image of the invisible God. By Him all things were created...He has preeminence and holds all things together. Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb of God, and is the only one to have been without sin (Heb. 4:14). He is the head of the body---the church. It is in Him with whom we are made holy before God. It is He who is full of grace and truth (Colossians 1:14-18; John 1:1,14,18; 14:8-11; I Tim 3:16). We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of Christ, His ascension to heaven and He as our High Priest and Advocate (Acts 1:3,9; Heb. 7:25-27; 1 John 2:1).

  • The Holy Spirit...His ministry is to guide us and to glorify, not Himself, but Jesus (John 16:13-14). It is the Holy Spirit who regenerates us and renewing us through Christ (Titus 3:5). He also indwells, instructs, fills, comforts and empowers the believer for godly living (John 14:26; Rom. 5:5; I Cor. 3:16). He also convicts the world of sin, of the righteousness of God, and of the coming judgment (John 16:8-11). It is by the Spirit in which certain gifts are given to the believer for the edification of the body (I Cor. 14:26). There is no indication in scripture of the cessation of any of the gifts and yet there use is to be conducted with decency and order (I Cor. 14:40; I Cor. 12:1-11; Romans 12:6-8). The emphasis above the use of the gifts is the evidence of love (I Cor. 13).

God's Word
  • It is the Word of God, both the Old and New testament, which is critical to grow the faith of the believer (Rom. 10:17).

  • The Bible is verbally inspired by God and inherent in the original writings. The sixty-six books of the Bible are complete and therefore carry the total authority for man's well-being (Psalm 119; John 5:46-47; I Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 3:15-17).

  • It is in the teaching of the Word that both spiritual milk and meat is given to the church (Heb. 5:12-14).

  • It is in the complete volume of the bible where Jesus is found, both in the Old and New Testament (Heb. 10:7).

Therefore...

We primarily teach in a verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book method. This to receive the benefit of the whole counsel of the Word in a balance and order as laid out in the Word itself.

God's People...
  • His creation...Mankind, alone is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27). God has given mankind a choice as to their desire to be in relationship with a holy God. Sin violates man's ability to have such relationship (Rom. 3:9-25). There is none who are without sin, both inherited and by choice (Rom. 5:12). Every man and woman faces this dilemma. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (Heb. 9:22). God desires however, that every man be saved and has sent His Son Jesus as the savior and our propitiation. Because God is love, his desire for us is to be in relationship with Him, yet He will not force this upon us (John 3:16-17; I John 4:9-10).

  • Our Savior...Jesus Christ died for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice (II Cor. 5:21). Each person, who by faith, receives Christ as their personal Savior is "Born Again" of the Holy Spirit and is secured in that position (Rom. 8:37-39). One who has been born anew will desire to no longer live in the presence of a sinful lifestyle (Eph. 4:17-24; Gal. 5:16-25; I John 2:5).

  • The Church...Upon reception of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, a believer becomes part of His body. This body we know as the church (Eph. 5:23). There is one church and that church is made up of all believers in the world. The believers being those who accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. The church is to gather and devote time one-another in times of teaching of the Word, fellowship, communion, and prayer (Acts 2:42). The above four tasks are to be practiced and carried out in the church. The church is overseen by men who are called, fulfilling the requirements of eldership (I Tim. 3:1-8). The leadership of these men is to be evidenced with the guidance of the Word and prayer (Acts 6:4).

  • Our Hope... We have this blessed hope: the pretribulation return of our Lord Jesus Christ. His return results in a life of anticipation of His return, and a confidence in the deliverance from the wrath of God for the believer (I Thess. 4:13; 5:11). A bodily resurrection occurs for both the saved and unsaved. The saved will enjoy the delight of an eternity in the presence of the Lord in heaven (Matt. 25:34; John 14:2-3; II Cor. 5:1). The unsaved, the person who refuses the gift of a Savior consciously refuses to be in the presence of God, resulting in the eternal torment of hell (Matt. 8:12; 10:28; 13:49-50; Luke12:5; Rev. 21:8).

  • And So... In light of all that is mentioned above it is our desire to be a "Jesus Church". We want to live out as a church family and as individual followers of Him in a sincere attempt to fix our eyes on Jesus. He is the author and perfector of our faith. It is our attempt to keep the ministry simple and focused with Acts 2:42 as our guidline. Jesus inhabits the praises of His people and is found in the volume of the book...the Psalms declare the placement of the Word above His name...we determine to teach Christ and him crucified, to remember through communion the work of the cross, to fellowship with the intent of fulfilling His desire that we love our Lord and love one-another.








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