APPENDIX 1: WHAT WE BELIEVE

We are committed to a high view of God

  • We hold that God’s holiness is His predominant attribute.
  • We further hold that pastors and church leaders are to aspire to living holy lives in order to properly represent the holy God.

 We are committed to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture (the Bible)

  • We hold that the Bible alone is the inspired, infallible Word of God.
  • We hold that the Bible alone is sufficient to give the needed guidance in all matters of faith and life.
  • We hold that the the Bible alone is a sufficient resource for training pastors and church leaders.
  • We hold that the Bible alone is the final authority in all matters to which it speaks.

 We are committed to personal holiness

  • We hold that pastors and church leaders are, by the grace and provisions of God, to practice what the Bible teaches about life and faith.
  • We hold that pastors and church leaders are to model a godly lifestyle because people need godly examples to follow.
  • We believe that believers are to follow the godly examples of their pastors and leaders.

 We are committed to the need for godly leadership in the church

  • We hold that the pastor and elder are the same offices in the church according to 1 Peter 5:1,2 and Acts 20:17 cf. v. 28 in the Bible.
  • We hold that the pastor is to be qualified according to the moral qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 in the Bible.
  • We hold that if a man fails to qualify, he is not fit to serve as a pastor or elder.

 We believe:

  1. The Bible is God’s written revelation to man. It is verbally inspired in every word, and absolutely inerrant in the original documents. We affirm the infallibility, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture.
  2.  That there is but one Living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each equally deserving worship and obedience.
  3. In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
  4. That the salvation of man, who is sinful and lost, is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God when the repentant sinner — enabled by the Holy Spirit — responds in faith. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ and the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works. All the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
  5. In the Spirit-filled life. As the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption.
  6. In the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved into the resurrection of life and the unsaved into the resurrection of damnation.
  7. That all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the Church, of which Christ is the head. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by building its members up in the faith, by instruction of the word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances, and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world. The formation of the Church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture.