Statement of Faith

  1. We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God", and is therefore without error and it is the final authority on all matters.
  2. We believe that the Godhead eternally exist in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God; having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience.
  3. We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, free from sin, but because of disobedience to God, brought corruption and death upon all creation. We believe that the only salvation for mankind is through the Son; that their redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and was made a curse for them, dying in their stead; and that whoever will repent and accept Jesus Christ will be saved through faith in Him.
  4. We believe it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior.
  5. We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the blessed Trinity, dwells in every believer and by His baptism unites all to Christ in one body and that He, as the indwelling One, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service; and is ever present to testify of Christ. We also believe that His abode in the world in this special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the completion of the Church.
  6. We believe that the Church is composed of all who are united by the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God, that by the same Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, committed to the Lord and to each other for the purpose of carrying out the universal church's visible activities, that is, the communication of God's truth to the people of God, the worship of and prayer to God by God's people, the loving care of God's people for one another, and the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth.

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

– John 14:6

Church Doctrine

A. Our Mission

The supreme mission of the church, and so also of every individual believer, is to glorify God and to serve Him forever (Eph. 3:21; Rom. 11:36; 1 Pet. 4:11). Therefore, if what we do as a church, or as individuals, cannot serve the glory of God,it should not be done.

Our goals are to serve God and bring glory to Him. Certain God-ordained goals are established in Scripture for the local church. These are basically set forth in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

  1. Equipping Believers – Equipping the saints unto the work of the ministry in all its aspects along with their spiritual maturity in the Lord is the second great goal of this church (Eph. 4:12-16; Col. 1:28-29).
  2. Evangelization of the Lost – Reaching the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ, both at home and abroad, is to be one of the goals of this church (Rom. 1:14-16; 1 Thess. 1:8; Acts 1:8).

B. Our Mission

Our goals are to serve God and bring glory to Him. Certain
God-ordained goals are established in Scripture for the local church.
These are basically set forth in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

  1. Equipping Believers – Equipping the saints unto the work of the
    ministry in all its aspects along with their spiritual maturity in the
    Lord is the second great goal of this church (Eph. 4:12-16; Col.
    1:28-29).
  2. Evangelization of the Lost – Reaching the lost with the gospel of
    Jesus Christ, both at home and abroad, is to be one of the goals of this
    church (Rom. 1:14-16; 1 Thess. 1:8; Acts 1:8).

C. Our Objectives

  1. Internal Objectives and Functions
    1. Instruction in the Word of God—Teaching: To stand for the historic, fundamental truths of Scripture, and through Scripture, to equip the saints for service, and for the building up of the body of Christ for unity, knowledge of the Son of God, and maturity, measured by the stature of the fullness of Christ, and for protection against the deceitful scheming of Satan (Eph. 4:12-16).
    2. Fellowship: To encourage and provide for means of developing meaningful relationships among believers (expressions of sharing and caring for, and loving one another, warning, stimulating, and encouraging one another to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24-25; 13:1-2; Acts 2:42-47).
    3. Worship: To provide the means for developing and expressing meaningful worship in prayer, songs of praise, adoration, admonishment, singing and making melody in our heartsto the Lord, and to administer the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper (Heb. 13:15; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; 1 Cor. 11:23-34; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:42).
    4. Ministry: To provide the means for developing and exercising spiritual gifts for the edification of the body and the evangelization of the lost (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).
  2. External Objectives and Functions
    1. Outreach: To present the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have never trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and to encourage them to trust in Him (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Thess. 1:2-10).
    2. Holy Behavior: To live holy lives in the midst of crooked and perverse generation acting as salt and as lights in the world (Phil. 2:15; Matt. 5:13-14; 1 Pet. 2:11-15; Col. 4:5).
    3. Showing Mercy: To do good to all men whenever there is the opportunity and the means to do so within biblical principles and precepts (Gal. 6:10; Luke 10:29-37).

Our mission, goals and objectives set forth our philosophy of the local church and its ministry. This, in turn, must form the foundation for our thinking and activities as a body of people. It directs us in what we ought to be doing. Anything which does not contribute to this philosophy of our mission, goals and objectives should then be either corrected, rejected or alleviated from the activities of the church.

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