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What We Believe

  1. We believe the Scriptures to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and as such they are revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct. [II Tim. 3:16; I Peter 2:2.]

  2. We believe in one God, eternal and self existent, self-revealed and manifested to man as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. [Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10-11; Matt. 28:19.] We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin, Mary. [John 1:1, 14; Mat. 1:18; Luke 1:26-27; Luke 2:7; I Tim. 2:5.]

  3. We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed his blood as a sacrifice for our sins; He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Majesty on High. [I pet. 2:24; Heb. 9:11-14; I Cot 15:3-8; Acts 2:32-36; Heb. 10:12.]

  4. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit to glorify Christ, to convict men of sin, righteousness and judgment and to empower the believer. [John 15:26;John 16:8, 14; Acts 1:8.]

  5. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin. [Gen. 1:26-31; Gen 3:1-7;Rom. 5:12-21.]

  6. We believe that man can be justified only by grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. [Eph. 4:11-12; Rom. 3:24-28.]

  7. We believe that water baptism identifies us with the death and burial of Christ, and that we should arise to walk in newness of life. [Rom. 6:3-9; I Pet. 3:21.]

  8. We believe that the true Church is composed of such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. [I per. 2:4-5; Eph. 2:19-22.]

  9. We believe in the personal, literal second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to judge both the quick and the dead. [I Thess. 4:16; Heb 9:27; I Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 20:11-15; Acts 24:15.]

  10. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead. [Acts 24:15; I Cot. 15:35-44; Rev. 20:11-15.]

  11. We believe in everlasting blessedness for the believer, with judgment and everlasting punishment for the unbeliever. [Mat. 7;21-23; Rev. 20:11-15;John 5:29.]

  12. We believe that Christ wants the members of His Church to carry the Gospel into all the world. [Mat. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8.]

  13. We believe that the Holy Spirit is at work today within the Church through His gifts, fruits and anointed ministers. [Acts 2:39; Rom. 12:6-8; I Cor. 12:1-11; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:28.]

  14. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to every believer and need to be activated and exercised to fulfill their divine purpose of blessing the Body of Christ. [Acts 2:39; II Ti. 1:6.]

  15. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit wherein the Spirit is sent to gift each believer with their own private prayer language used to deify themselves, and such a baptism empowers the believer to be effective for Christ. [Acts 1:8; Acts 2:39; I Cot 14:2;Jude 20; I Cot. 14:18; Acts 19:1-6.]

  16. We believe in divine healing of the body as part of the atoning work of Jesus Christ. This healing can be received and also ministered to others by various gifts [I Cor. 12:8-10; Mat. 8:16-17; I Per. 2:24.]

  17. We believe in the full function of the five-fold ministry which was given to perfect and equip the saints so they can enter into the work of their ministry, thereby edifying the whole Body of Christ. [Eph. 4:11-16; I Cor. 12:28.]

  18. We believe in the present day ministries of the apostles and prophets, which Christ has set in the Church as foundational and revelational ministries. We believe these two ministries will be restored to function in full power and authority before the literal second coming of Christ. [Eph 2:20; Acts 3:21.]

  19. We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is God's instrument to establish and extend God's Kingdom until the literal coming of Christ to reign over all the earth. [Rev. 11:15.]

  20. We believe in the autonomy of each local church and that itinerant ministries should be based out of and related to a local church with accountability to a senior minister. [Acts 13:1; Acts 15.1]

  21. We believe that faith without works is dead. We believe, as a matter of the fundamental beliefs and doctrines of this church, that nothing can be genuinely believed without there being an accompanying and corresponding action. Our faith is an active faith that requires the doing of deeds in the world. Our faith is not a passive or complacent system of intellectual belief or assent to doctrine, but is an active force in our lives that requires and results in actions being taken, A living, active faith will be manifested not only in belief and mental assent but in actions expressed and based upon that belief. If a belief is truly held, it will be acted upon. The act is as much a fundamental aspect of our faith as the belief upon which the act is based. (James 2: 14-16; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matt. 7:24-27; Matt. 5:16; II Cor. 5:10; Mat. 16:27; Rev. 2:23; Rev. 22:12).

  22. We believe in church discipline administered in the church in a spirit of meekness. The Bible sets forth three grounds for discipline: unscriptural conduct that obscures the truth of God by false teaching or doctrine; unscriptural conduct that mars the holy character of God and His church by unholy, immoral living, action or lifestyle; and unscriptural conduct that hinders the work of God by bringing confusion or division to the body. The purpose of church discipline is the restoration of the one subject to the discipline and/or the purification of the church. Church discipline is body ministry. The steps of discipline are one-on-one private confrontation, private confrontation with witnesses, and, finally, exposure to the church for judgment leading to restoration or separation (Matt. 18:15-20; Gal. 6:1; Rom. 16:17; II John 9-11; I Cor. 5; II Cor. 2:6-8; I Tim. 5:20).

  23. We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ expressed as the church individual, the church local, and the church universal and invisible (all saints of all places and all times united together under one Lord). As such, we believe the church to be more than just a building or a gathering of people. It is a body living in relationship and harmony under the direction of the head, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Romans 16:5; 1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-3 1; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16). The local church is an expression of the community and fellowship of God. As the Body of Christ in the Earth it is an intimate community of people that is devoted to apostolic teaching, to fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. The local body will meet together regularly, not forsaking the assembling together, as a whole and also in smaller groups in the homes of the members of the congregation. We consider the fellowship of the saints together in the private homes of the members to be an essential expression of the life of faith of the church. Indeed to this end, the Word of God frequently refers to the church as a household." [Mat. 16:13-20; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; I Peter 4:17; I Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:19; IPeter2:5; Acts 18:8; Rom. 16:5,l0,ll:ICor. 1:11,16; 16:15,19; Phil. 4:22; Col.4:15;llTim. 1:16,4:19;Heb. 10:25.1

  24. We believe that the local church, although autonomous, will be related to other local churches and ministries through fellowship and formed relationships. In particular, we believe that there are foundational ministries of apostles and prophets that transcend the local church and that the local church should be in a relationship with such a ministry or ministries for the purpose of advice, counsel, oversight, encouragement, and help. Such ministries are designed by God to provide connection and relationship in the universal Body of Christ between and among local fellowships and to provide spiritual covering, protection, accountability, identity, and checks and balances for local leadership by local elders. (Eph. 2:19-22; I Cor. 12:28; Acts 2:42; Gal. 2:7-9; ICor. 12: 12-13)

  25. 27. We believe that in all matters concerning the Body of Christ, in its direction, discipline, ministry and functioning, that specific guidance, instruction, revelation, and discernment of truth from falsehood is available by the leading of the Holy Spirit who enables us to know spiritual things by the Spirit (Acts 13:1-3; I Tim. 1:18; Ram. 8:14; 11 Tim. 5:22; John 16:13-15; I Cor. 5:3).

  26. Laying on of hands is a biblical practice. Jesus practiced it in Mark 10:13-16 as a blessing, and it is our grounds for baby dedication instead of baptism. We believe in the laying on of hands for healing (Mark 5:22, 23 and 41; Mark 5:28-31; Acts 28:8; Acts 19:11, 12); laying on of hands to confer office (Acts 6:2-6); laying on of hands to receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:26-18); laying on of hands to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and to cultivate the anointing (I Tim. 4:14); laying on of hands for appointment to eldership (I Tim. 4:14)

  27. We believe, as members of the same body of Christ, baptized by one spirit into one body, that we must endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and as such we are precluded from bringing a lawsuit in a civil court against another person who professes to be a Christian or against a Christian ministry. We believe that all such disputes must be resolved within the Body of Christ without taking them before unbelievers for judgment (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:3-6)

  28. We believe that God speaks today. There are at least five channels of prophecy by which God speaks to His people today. They are: the office of the prophet, prophetic preaching, prophetic presbytery, the gift of prophecy and the spirit of prophecy. All five channels are received and encouraged in this church. We believe that hearing from God, both individually as members and corporately as a church, through prophecy or any other biblical means chosen by Clod to communicate, is essential to our faith and walk with God. Prophecy is only one method of discerning God's will and direction. It is recognized that none of the methods or channels of prophecy will always be 100 percent accurate and actions should not be taken on the basis of prophetic words alone without other confirmation. We believe the prophetic presbytery serves the purpose in the body of Christ in activating, establishing, releasing, commissioning, and ordaining gifts to their office, function, and place of relationship and/or leadership (I Car. 14:3; Eph. 4:11; Eph. 2:20;ITim. 4:14; Acts 13:1-3; Titus 1:5;Rom. 12:6;IPeter4:10;I Cor. 14:39; I Cor. 14:1; I Thess. 5:19-21; I Tim. 5:22; II Tim. 1:6)

  29. We believe in the apostolic ministry for today as one which functions in one or more localities through foundational ministry as of a father laying the foundation which is Christ and equipping the saints for the work of ministry. We seek to relate to the apostles of Christ and to be apostolic ourselves (Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:25-29; Heb. 6:1-2)

  30. We believe that scripture requires all members of the congregation to support the church through tithes and offerings in proportion as the Lord shall prosper them, thereby acknowledging that any institution can stand or be of full service only in proportion as all of the members of the congregation accept their responsibility of maintaining it. (Mal. 3:10, 1 Cor. 16:1,2; 2 Cot. 9:6-9; Heb. 7:1-8)

  31. We believe that there is always a person who is the presiding leader in any church government raised up by God. That person will be the first among equals. We believe that this person will be an ascension gift although not necessarily a pastor. Senior Set Man is the title given to this person in this church. The Senior Set Man will be the person through whom the main vision of the church is received, articulated and developed. He will be the one with the final responsibility and decision making authority in all matters concerning the church because he is the one who will be ultimately accountable to God for the church. He will be recognized by the grace, anointing, ability and vision given to him by God (Num. 27:15-22; I Cor. 12:18; Eph. 4:11; Acts 13:1). God will raise up elders and other ascension gifts to function with and in relationship to the Senior Set Man. We believe that there will be mutual submission and accountability within the government of the church. There will be submission and accountability of the Senior Set Man to the others in the governing leadership and there will be submission and accountability of the others to the Senior Set Man. We believe that they are to seek the mind of God together for the church in all areas of its affairs, spiritual and temporal

  32. We believe in two primary new testament ordinances: Baptism by immersion and The Lord's Supper. However, we do not believe that the administration of such ordinances is limited to ordained or licensed ministers. We believe in the priesthood of believers. Ordination and licensing in this church is a separation and recognition of a specific gifting of God. We believe that God calls men into specific ministries as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. God calls. Man can only recognize the call and acknowledge it. Ordination is on the basis of that recognition of God's gifting. Men called to a specific office by God and ordained or licensed by this church will have the right to participate in the traditional sacramental and ordinal functions of the church such as marriage, funerals, baptisms, and the like. They shall also be expected to function in the spiritual giftings of their office and to demonstrate the reality of their calling. This church is a non-sacramental protestant church. We reject the efficacy of ritual and the concept of a separate priestly class. We recognize the priesthood of believers and the serving ministry of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher with government by elders. As such, we recognize that those called to those offices will function in a manner to lead by example in prayer, worship, teaching, laying on of hands, and prophesying and that such actions on the part of those ordained and licensed by this church are equivalent to the sacramental function of the priesthood in traditional sacramental churches

  33. We believe that the Scriptures are clear concerning helping those in need through individual and corporate alms-giving. We are commanded to do good to all people as we have opportunity, with a special emphasis upon caring for those who profess to be fellow Christians, especially those of our own fellowship of believers. We are commanded to be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for ourselves in the coming age by our kindness and generosity in this life. This is true for the church as an organization as well as for the individual members of the church. Therefore, in accordance with the biblical commands, as a fundamental aspect of the practice of our faith, we will share of our material goods with those in need and will minister to them to the best of our abilities, whatever the need. {IProv. 25:21; Is. 58:10; Gal. 6:10; 1 Tim. 6:18-19; Heb. 13:16.]

  34. God has entrusted the church the solemn Biblical responsibility of being the conscience of society, culture and government. As such the church has a duty before God to speak to the issues that arise from and relate to society, culture and government. Specifically, the church, in the tradition of the prophets, is required to call government to account before God for the actions taken by the government with the view toward keeping the government in its proper role and relationship as a steward under God of the resources of the nation. [I Kings 18:18; II Chron. 15:1-4; Mart. 5:13-14; Acts 12:23; ISam. 15:14-35.] The church has a divine mandate to practice its religion as dictated by God. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof The church is the blood-bought bride of Christ of whom Jesus is the head, the Lord and the only master. As such we categorically reject imy and all claims by the state to headship or sovereignty over the church. When earthly governments leave their God-ordained sphere of responsibility and seek to restrain, hamper or limit the church's obedience to Christ in all areas of life, then the church must and will obey God rather than man and must also confront the government with its error and call it back to its proper place under God. (Exodus 8, 9, 10; Daniel 3, 6; Acts 4:19; 5:29).

  35. We believe that the scriptures clearly define that members of a congregation can seek out advice, consultation, direction, purpose, resolution, and guidance from amongst the shepherds, elders, mature men and women, and Five-Fold Ministry Gifts within the Body of Christ. [I Kings 1:12; Prov. 27:9; Prov. 11:14; Ps. 55:13-14.] We further believe that consultation and instruction is applicable by the scriptures through sessions, a company of persons in close deliberation set together, to lay a foundation, set in place and give wise counsel. This also provides safety, defense, rescue and freedom from trouble. [Ps. 55:13-14; Prov. 1:11-14; Prov. 12:15.] The personal care of the saints is the sanctification of the whole person, body, soul and spirit, [I Thess. 3:13; 5:23.] through the love that flows from faith, patience and hope, and the redemptive power of the Cross of Christ, [Rom. 3:25; Luke 9:23.1 The atoning blood of Jesus, [Eph. 2:13-16; I Peter 1:18-19.1 The transformation of the soul through the word of God, [Rom. 12:1-2.] the denying of the old nature, [Gal. 2:20, 5:24; I Peter 1:13-15.] salvation through grace not works, [Eph. 2:1-8.] and the promise of the resurrection, [John 3:16, 10:25-26.] are the effective working mechanisms that characterize pastoral care ministry. Such ministry is foundational to the practice of our faith

  36. The need for deliverance is manifested by an inability to be free from a bondage: e.g., mental (emotional), physical or spiritual normally associated with demon activity. It is God's desire to bring deliverance to his people. Job 5:19, Psalms 91:3, II Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 2:15; II Peter 2:9). We have been granted the authority in the name of Jesus to bring deliverance to others. (Mark 16:17, John 14:12; I Cor. 12:8-11). We must understand that our warfare with the forces of evil (Eph. 6:12), our weapon is the word of God, our authority and power is from Jesus himself (Mark 16:17, Acts 1:8) and that the battlefield is first of all in the spiritual realms. (Eph. 6:10-18, II Cor. 10:3-5, Rom. 8:9, Gal. 5:22-23)

  37. We believe in the creation and God as the Creator. We believe that God created man and that He created them Male and Female. As such he created them different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family, the basic structure of human society. For this reason homosexuality is an abomination before God

  38. The Church, by its very composition, is a membership organization. The local church is the manifestation within our society of The Church. Each local church exists for an express purpose in God's plan. Individual members of the Body of Christ will wish to associate with our congregation as members. All believers are members of The Church. The Lord will set some of those members of The Church into this local congregation as members as it pleases him. As members of this local congregation they are given into the care and oversight of the leadership which must give an account to God for their souls. The leadership of this church shall have the right to determine who may attend church meetings and functions. This church is owned by the Lord Jesus Christ who has entrusted the care of the flock to the leadership he has raised up here. It is not a place of public accommodation, nor is it a public institution, and its property is not a public place but is, rather, private property belonging to this church. (Acts2O:28-31; llPeter2:1-3; ITim. 1:20; 6:5; ICor. 5:1-13;llThess. 3:6-15;llJohn9-11; II Tim. 3:1-5; Titus 3:10-11; Rom. 16:17)

  39. Repentance is a gift from God. It is simply not true that a person can repent at any time. Repentance is dependant upon the convicting action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of sinners and believers. The conviction of the Holy Spirit, which often accompanies the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will result in the revelation of the sinfullness of self which should lead to Godly sorrow. Remorse, or worldly sorrow, is a feeling of deep regret, hopelessness or even despair. It does not lead to constructive change. On the other hand Godly sorrow, which may at times be mistaken for worldly sorrow, produces repentance which causes us to turn away from sin and selfishness and to receive faith for change. Worldly sorrow is destructive but repentance is life giving. Repentance changes the way we feel and act about sin, self and God. Repentance is a total change of heart, mind, attitude, emotions, will, action and lifestyle flowing from the turmoil and sorrow of Holy Spirit conviction of sin. [II Cor. 7:10; Psalms 51; Acts l1:18;llTim. 2:25; Gen. 6:3;Rom. 1:18-32; Mat. 9:12- 13.1

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