- making, equipping and sending out disciples of Jesus Christ as lights to the world
- reaching out to all people for Christ
- supporting Christian missions locally and internationally
- getting involved in the community as witnesses for Jesus Christ
This mission statement is expressed in our obedience to fulfill the mandate of making disciples of every ethnicity in our vicinity.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV)
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17, ESV
MISSION & DISCIPLESHIP
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8, ESV
“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:12, ESV
PLURALITY OF LEADERS
• There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), eternally existent (John 1:1-3), Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1).
• He exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence, but distinct in person and function (John 15:26, Matthew 3:16-17).
• The Father is the first Person of the Trinity. He is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 3:17), of all believers in Christ (Galatians 3:26), of the nation Israel (Exodus 4:22), and over all creation (Acts 17:29).
• Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity. He is fully God (John 10:30) who took on flesh through a virgin birth (Matthew 1:22- 23) and dwelt on the earth (John 1:14).
• He was perfectly sinless (Hebrews 4:15). He died on a cross as a substitute for our sins (John 19:33), was buried, physically rose from the dead (Luke 24:3-6), and ascended to live eternally with the Father (Acts 1:10-11).
• The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, coexistent with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19).
• The Holy Spirit indwells a man at the moment of conversion (Acts 10:44, Ephesians 1:13-14).
• The Holy Spirit is the chief agent of salvation and holiness in the life of the believer (Romans 15:16).
• The work of the Holy Spirit is manifest by fruit (Galatians 5:22-26, Ephesians 2:10) in cooperation with the believer’s yielding (Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 5:18).
• The Holy Spirit endows each believer with a special gift to minister to the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:7, 11; I Peter 4:10-11).
• The Holy Spirit can be quenched (I Thessalonians 5:19) and grieved (Ephesians 4:30-32) by a believer.
• Man is the direct creation of God and made in His image (Genesis 1:26).
• Every member of the human race is sinful by nature from birth (Romans 5:12, I Corinthians 15:22).
• Every member of the human race has sinned before God (Romans 3:23).
• We believe in the literal, visible (Revelation 1:7), personal, and soon return of Jesus Christ for His Church (Revelation 22:12), at which time He will transform our bodies, whether dead or alive, into a glorious body like the Lord’s (Philippians 3:20-21).
• The death of Jesus Christ ALONE paid the price for salvation (Romans 5:6-8, Isaiah 53:5).
Salvation is received by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:3-6).
• Repentance (turning away) from sin is essential for salvation (Acts 2:38, Acts 26:20, Luke 13:3, II Corinthians 7:10).
• Evidence of salvation is confirmed, but not obtained by: 1. Good works (Matthew 7:17, Galatians 5:22-24). 2. Water Baptism by immersion (Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:1-3). Salvation for the believer is secure for eternity (John 10:27-28, Hebrews 7:25, I John 5:13)
• Baptism is a “picture” of the Gospel that pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 6:1-4).
• The authority and command to baptize is given to his disciples and afterward to each local bible believing New Testament Church (Matthew 28:19-10).
• Baptism does not save nor is necessary for salvation (Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7).
• Baptism is an outward declaration of one’s belief in the Lord Jesus Christ by faith (Acts 8:26-39).
• The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, though written by men, is verbally (word for word) inspired by God (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16) and inerrant in its original writings.
• All the words of the Bible are the final, complete, written, and true revelation of God (Revelation 22:18-19).
• The Bible is sufficient to meet all the needs of all believers (2 Timothy 3:17, Ps 19:7-14).
• The Bible is understood through the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26).
• The meaning of the Bible is determined by the historical, grammatical, and literary use of the author’s language, comparing scripture with scripture (2 Timothy 2:15).
• The church is a local assembly of baptized believers (Hebrews 10:25, 1 Corinthians 1:2). The supreme Head of the church is Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:18).
• The church is organized to carry out the mission to evangelize and teach every person (Matthew 28:19), and to carry out the ordinances of the Lord’s supper and believer’s baptism (Acts 2:42- 47).
• The local church is governed by mature, godly men, also known as elders and deacons (Titus 1:5- 9, I Timothy 3:1-13).
• The church is self-supporting by the sacrificial giving of her members (I Corinthians 16:1-2).