What We Believe
We are glad you have expressed an interest in what we believe and why. This page will help answer questions you may have concerning us. Our prayer is that the answers provided here will encourage you to make your home with Christ and with us.
A Church With Vision
As Christís church our purpose is to go and make disciples of Christ (Mt. 28:19), foster their spiritual growth (Mt. 28:20), and equip them to serve the church and community (Eph. 4:11-16), thereby glorifying God. (Mt. 5:16; 1 Peter 4:11)
Worship with Purpose
We have worship services that are amazingly simple yet uplifting, sermons that are relevant to the current issues facing us today, congregational singing that encourages unity and fellowship, a weekly remembrance of our Lordís death through the sharing of the Lordís Supper, the offering of prayers, and the opportunity to give a free-will offering. (1 Cor. 14: 33,40, 31, 15; Eph. 5:18-21; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; 16:1-4; 1 Tim. 2:1-8)
A Bible Based Church
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and in it we find Godís character, our purpose, and the meaning of life; therefore, we fully submit to its teachings in our worship, ministry, personal lives, and leadership capacity. (2 Tim. 3:16-18) Because of this we look to no centralized organization or creed for direction other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; (Col. 1:9-18) thus, we are free of denominationalism and simply desire to be the kind of church prescribed in the New Testament. (Acts 2:40-47)
Our authority for church leadership is based solely on scripture. We have ordained elders and deacons whose purpose is to lead, tend, and feed the flock of Jesus. (Acts 14:23, 20:28; Titus 1, Phil. 1:1) The work of the leadership is summed up best in Eph. 4:11-16. These verses reveal that as leaders we are to promote, encourage, and lead the congregation to spiritual maturity and in developing their talents. We accomplish this as the early church did without institutional concepts that can take away from personal responsibility, initiative, and parental authority. (Eph. 6:1-4, 4:16; 1 Sam. 8; Acts 9:31) We find in scripture the grand approach of training faithful men to effectively teach and preach the gospel in the worship assembly. We are following this same example of maintaining a plurality of effective teachers. (Acts 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1-2)
We understand that the great mission of the church is to save souls and our first and primary goal is to accomplish just that. This is a tremendous mission and everything we do here begins with this Christ given commission. The scriptures also show the important role of evangelists. We support several evangelists, work closely with them, and tutor younger men who desire this great work. (Mt. 28:19-20; Titus 1:5; Eph. 4:11; Ro. 10:14-15; 2 Tim. 4:5; 1 Cor. 9:14; 2 Cor.5:18)
What About Membership?
In Acts 2:38 we find that on the first day of the existence of Godís church, those who believed, repented, and were baptized were saved. We also see in Acts 2:47 that those who were saved were added to the church by the Lord himself, thus, when one became a Christian, he/she automatically became a member of Christís church; therefore, we cannot demand of people anything beyond their simple submission to Jesus. Grace! We believe in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and understand that we contribute nothing to the purchase price of our salvation (John 3:16). Jesus has in fact paid for our sins and this payment is truly a free gift but it is a gift that is conditionally received:
Is this the kind of faith you have?
- One must hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17).
- One must believe (Hebrews 11:6).
- One must confess Jesus as Lord (Matthew 10:32 & Romans 10:9-10).
- One must repent of past sins (Acts 17:30).
- One must be baptized (Acts 2:38).