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Our purpose was given to us by Jesus
himself. It is called the Great Commission:
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
Notice that Jesus commanded us to...
- Make disciples
- Baptize them
- Teach them
We preach the Kingdom of GOD and JESUS CHRIST; His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection :
The Kingdom of GOD includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly, the Kingdom is the realm of Heaven where GOD sits with Jesus Christ is Son seated at His right side and which men enter after a rebirth experience. Christians ought to pray and labor that the Kingdom may come and GOD's will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ at the end of this age.
we have unity.
"There is one body and one Spirit...one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." Ephesians 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs we have liberty.
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls...So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God." Romans 14:1, 4, 12
In all our beliefs we have love.
"...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all." 1 Corinthians 13:2
- The Essentials We Believe
- 1.) The Bible as our sole authority:
- We believe the Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
- Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
- 2.) There is only one true God:
- We believe there is one and only one living and true God. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God is all powerful, all knowing, and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His creation. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal God reveals himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. This is called the Trinity.
- Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 1:17
- 3.) Jesus is the eternal Son of God:
- We believe Jesus is the eternal Son of God, co-equal with the Father. When Jesus took on human form, He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as the one and only perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King.
- Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5,14, 10:30, 14:7-11; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4;
- 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 4:14-15; Titus 2:13
- 4.) The Holy Spirit fills every believer:
- We believe that the Holy Spirit provided the five (5) fold ministry to govern and guide the Universal Church into maturity and conformity to the likeness of Jesus Christ. Ephesian 4:11-13
- We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He guided human authors to give us a perfect Bible. He is present in the world today to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power, understanding, and guidance. When we are saved, the Holy Spirit gives every believer at least one spiritual gift. As Christians, we seek to live under his control.
- Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16-7:13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
- 5.) Mankind is separated from God by sin:
- We believe man is made in the image of God, the supreme object of God's creation. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and was endowed by God with freedom of choice. By his free choice Adam, the first man, sinned and disobeyed God, which brought sin into the human race. This sin separates us from God, causes many problems in life, and results in eternal death.
- Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:1-7; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaish 59:1-2; Romans 6:23
- 6.) Salvation is a gift from God:
- We believe salvation is God's free gift, offered to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. It is only by trusting in Jesus' death on the cross that we can receive forgiveness and be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our sin and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
- Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
- 7.) Everyone will spend eternity somewhere:
- God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring this world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to earth, the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men. Those who have accepted Christ will spend eternity in heaven. Those who have rejected Him will spend eternity in hell. Heaven and hell are real places.
- John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11, 17:31; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 26:31-46; Revelation 21:1
- 8.) The Church is the local congregation of believers in Jesus Christ:
- We believe a New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant for the purpose of evangelizing the world, equipping the saved, and exalting the Savior. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Though God has called every believer to be a minister, God has called pastors to lead His church. We also believe in a universal church, which includes all those who have been saved throughout history, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
- Matthew 16:15-19, 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47, 5:11-14, 6:3-6, 14:23, 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14, 3:1-15, 4:14; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-4
- 9.) The family is the foundational institution in society:
- We believe God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. A family is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God, as is her husband, and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent example and loving discipline. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
- Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalms 127:3, 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8, 12:4, 13:24, 22:6, 31:10-31; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32, 18:2-5, 19:3-9; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7
- 10.) Christians are to live by God's standards:
- We believe all Christians are called to be "salt and light" in the world. Therefore, in the spirit of love, we should oppose those practices that are in opposition to the clear teaching revealed in God's Word. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring society as a whole under the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love.
- Exodus 20:3-17; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Psalm 101:3; Proverbs 6:16-19; Jeremiah 1:5; Micah 6:8; Matthew 5:13-48, 10:21, 22:36-40, 25:35; Romans 1:18-32, 12-14; 1 Corinthians 5:9-10, 6:1-11, 10:23-11:1; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; James 1:27, 2:8