While not attempting a complete theological statement, we affirm several crucial matters of doctrine with a long history of Biblical Christianity. We humbly and gladly acknowledge these truths as an act of worship to our Lord, recognizing that we worship in Spirit and in truth.
We stand in fellowship with apostolic Christianity in affirming faith in the one and only true God; we worship Him as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As believers we regard it as essential to acknowledge Christ as fully divine and fully human. We believe the Holy Spirit living in the believer imparts the life of Christ to us and continues His work of comfort, cleansing, discernment, conviction, and care, bringing us to maturity and fruitfulness.
Mark 12:29-30; John 1:1-14; 8:19,42,58; 10:18,30; 16:8,15; 17:3-5; Phil 2:5, 9-11; Hebrews 1:3-8
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old Testament and New Testament canon comprise the Word of God – God’s mind to us as fallen men. We affirm with the confessions of old, that the Bible is “the only infallible rule for faith and practice.” Which is to say, that the Bible is to govern what we believe and what we do. We consider the Bible to be God’s finished revelation, expressing the complete mind of God with regard to our salvation. This means that we do not look for any other revelation by man or angel to add to that which God has completely expressed in the sixty-six books of the Bible. We do not believe the Scriptures are to be worshipped as an end in themselves, but even as Jesus taught, they are to lead us to a living fellowship with Himself.
Exodus 20:1; Psalm 19:7-11; Matthew 1:22; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21
Recognizing that man without Christ is utterly lost, we thankfully proclaim the Good News: namely, that the Lord reigns over all and through his Kingdom. Furthermore, we are accepted by God and justified, not through any goodness or work of our own, but by grace alone. By wholehearted repentance and simple faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross, we are saved from judgment, our sins are taken away, and we are made children of God.
Isaiah 52:6, 61:1-3; Luke 18:9-14; Romans 3:21-24; 5:1-11; 11:5-6; 2 Corinth. 5:16-21; Galatians 2:15-21; Ephesians 2:1-10 ; 1 Peter 2:24,25
Since the church throughout the world is Christ’s body, we are persuaded that we should love the church even as He does. In our own particular local expression of the church we will discern the body by regarding our life together as sacred, by seeking to maintain the unity of the Spirit in love, and by building the body towards maturity.
1 Corinthians 12:12,13; Ephesians 4:1, 5:32; Philippians 2:1-5 ; Colossians 3:12-17
The Blessed Hope
Central to our hope as believers is the promise that Jesus will personally and visibly return to this world. As Christians we look forward to His coming as the fulfillment of our faith and the conclusion of the story of His redemption. We believe that it is our final destiny to share in His heaven, and to eternally behold and worship Him in His glory. Because Christ’s coming will mean judgment to those who do not believe, we are called, in the remaining time, to holy living and active evangelism, activities which have their
foundation in the local church as an expression of the kingdom of God on earth.
John 14:1-3 ; Acts 1:9-11 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11 ; Titus 2:11-13 ; 1 Peter 1:3-9 ; 2 Peter 3:1-13
We believe that all spiritual gifts, taught and modeled in the Scriptures,are viable today within their proper context. This is true because we live in the same spiritual era as the New Testament following Christ’s ascension – the “Already-Not Yet” Kingdom of Christ, inaugurated and awaiting His triumphant return.
Drawing our understanding from the wider view of apostleship in the NewTestament (such as in Ephesians 4:11), we affirm the place for apostolic gifts in the forward growth of the church through church-planting, networking, and partnership.
We affirm the historic “Solas” from the Reformation period, as well as a high understanding of God’s Sovereignty over all things, including man’s salvation.
We support the broad evangelical convictions of Biblical inerrancy, the necessity of being “born again” into a personal relationship with Jesus, and the high priority of mission and evangelism in our lives and for our churches.
Unity Amid Differences
We affirm the phrase first espoused in the 17th century,
“in the essentials unity,
in the non-essentials diversity,
in all things charity.”
This means that we believe that all doctrine is important, but that common adherence on all points of doctrine is not necessary for salvation or membership in the local church.