Statement of Faith

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We believe the only basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s (Agape’) love, which is greater than
any differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves as
Christians.
We believe worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to
the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
We believe worshipping God should be inspirational. Therefore we give great place to music in
our worship.
We believe worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, our services are designed with
great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us on how He
should be worshipped.
We believe worship of God should be fruitful. Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the
supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshipping Him.
We believe in all fundamental doctrines of orthodox evangelical Christianity.
We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, that the Bible, Old and New Testament, is the inspired,
infallible word of God.
We believe God exists in three separate persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that God the Father is personal, transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things.
We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless
life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His vicarious death on the cross, was bodily
resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father,
and lives to make intercession for us.

After He ascended to Heaven, Jesus poured out His Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem,
enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation
shared by all believers today.
We believe that church government should be simplistic rather than a complex bureaucracy
and we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than on fleshly promotion.
We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin,
but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness of sin are freely offered to all by grace of our
Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin, accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and
Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit,
all his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity
with the Lord.
We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the scriptures, and that they are valid for
today if they are exercised within scriptural guidelines. We as believers are to covet the best
gifts, seeking to exercise them in love that the whole body of Christ may be edified. We believe
that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without this love all exercise of
spiritual gifts is worthless.
We await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. We are strongly committed to a belief that
the church will be raptured before the seven year tribulation period described in Revelation
chapter 6 through 18. We recognize that other believers hold a different view, but this is the
way we see the Scripture’s teaching on the subject.
We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to an
individual’s life, leading that person to a greater maturity in Christ.
We reject: (1) The belief that a Christian can be demon possessed; (2) “5 point Calvinism” (i.e.
a fatalistic Calvinistic view that leaves no room for free will; specifically, we reject the belief that
Jesus’ atonement was limited, instead we believe He died for all people, and we reject the
assertion that God’s wooing grace cannot be resisted or that He has elected people to go to
hell; instead, we believe that anyone who wills to come to Christ may do so); (3) “positive
confession” (the faith movement belief that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles
according to man’s will); (4) Human prophecy that supersedes Scripture; (5) The
incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology and philosophy into Biblical teaching; (6)
The over emphasis of the spiritual gifts, experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of
Biblical teaching.

In our services we focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer, and
teaching of the Word of God. We teach both expositorally and topically. We do not allow
speaking in tongues loudly during the service, nor prophecy while Bible study is in progress
because we do not believe the Holy Spirit would interrupt Himself.

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