What We Teach

What is a Christian?
The most important thing you can ever find out about a church is what they say the definition of a Christain is. 

The Bible
The Bible is the Word of God. It has no mistakes. We take it literally and regard it as our ultimate authority.
God The Father
God created all things in six literal days. God is Father only to Jesus and believers (Ro.8:14; 2 Cor. 6:18). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own (Ephesians 1:4-6); He loves all people (Jn.3:16) and especially His children (Jn.14:23). He forgives, saves, and adopts all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Jn 1:12; Ro 8:15; Gal 4:5; Heb 12:5-9).

God The Son
Jesus is fully God and fully man. He died in our place to pay for sin, so that anyone who has faith in Him can be fully forgiven and be saved. Someday He will return, judge all men, eliminate evil, and believers will reign with Him on the new earth forever.

God The Holy Spirit
We teach that every believer has been baptized and anointed by the Holy Spirit at conversion (1 Co.12:13, 1 Jn.2:20,27), but the filling by the Spirit is something for which we are to strive on a regular basis (Eph.5:18).

We teach that the miraculous spiritual gifts (tongues, interpretation, prophecy, healing, and miracles), like the rest of the miracles in the time of Christ and the Apostles, were primarily for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of the New Testament message (Heb.2:4). Now that the Scriptures have been validated as God’s Word, such miracles are no longer the norm. We do not oppose the use of tongues in private, however we do not have miraculous gifts as part of our corporate worship service.
Man was created in the image of God and is therefore above the animals (Gn.1:26-30), but fell into sin (Gn.3:6) and is, therefore, lost and bound for eternal punishment in hell (Eph.2:3, Ro.5:12). Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained (Jn.3:3).

Adam and Eve were the historical parents of the entire human race (Gn.1:27, 2:7, 21-22); and were assigned differing, complementary roles as a model for roles in marriage (Eph.5:22-33, Gn.2:18) and in the church (1 Tim.2:12-13).
Since all people are under the wrath of God because of their sin (Eph.2:3, Ro.5:12), every person needs salvation (forgiveness of sins and eternal life). Salvation happens only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Jn.1:12, Eph.1:7, 2:8-10, 1 Pe.1:18-19). Faith includes believing the essential truths (see “What We Believe”), and entrusting one’s life to Jesus (preferring His way over our own way, trusting Jesus enough to follow Him). Those who refuse to repent do not believe and are not saved (Jn.3:18).

At the moment a person becomes a Christian God sets that person apart from sin by giving him or her a repentant heart that delights in righteousness (Acts 20:32, 1 Cor.1:2,30,6:11, 2 Thes.2:13, Heb.2:11,3:1,10:10,14,13:12, 1 Pe.1:2). Then, from the moment of conversion until death, there is a step-by-step progress in which the person becomes more and more like Jesus (Ro.6:1-22, 2 Cor.3:18). This is accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, prayer, and fellowship (Jn.17;17, Mt.26:41, Eph.6:18 , Heb.3:13, 10:24-25, Eph.4:11-16). In every Christian there is a daily battle as the part of us that is drawn to sin is at war with the part of us that is influenced by the Holy Spirit. While there is continual progress toward holiness, there is never a time when sin is eradicated in this life (Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Phil. 3:12; Col. 3:9-10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 Jn. 3:5-9).

Jesus died to make us eager to do what is good (Tit.2:14) and separated from the world (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1, Ro.12:1-2, 1Jn. 2:15-17), making it our goal to please the Lord (2 Cor.5:9).
Perseverance and Preservation
We teach that to enter heaven one must not only believe once, but must persevere in that faith until death. Those who turn away are lost (Col.1:22, 1 Cor.15:2, Mt.24:12).

We teach that God promises to preserve His people to enable them to persevere all the way to the end (1 Pet. 1:5, 2 Cor. 1:21, 2 Thes. 3:3, 1 Cor. 1:8, 1 Thes. 5:23-24). Access to this preserving grace comes through faith (1 Pet. 1:5, 2 Cor. 1:24, Rom. 11:20-23). The mystery of how faith is our responsibility and yet God works to preserve it should not cause us to take lightly the many warnings against falling away that are directed to genuine believers. It is our responsibility to be diligent to persevere lest we be lost (2 Pet. 1:10, Jn. 15:4-11, 1 Jn. 2:24, Heb. 3:12,4:1-14,10:23-39, 2 Pet. 3:17, 1 Cor. 10:12, 2 Tim. 2:12).

The Church
The Church (all genuine believers and only believers) (1 Cor.10:32, 12:28) exists…
  • To love God in worship as His royal priesthood and Temple (1 Pe.2:5,9, Rev.1:6, 5:10)
  • To love one another (and strangers) as His family (1 Pe.4:17, 1 Tim.3:15, Heb.3:6)
  • To love our neighbors (and enemies) as His ambassadors (2 Cor.5:20, Mt.28:19-20)
The primary goal of the local assembly is to grow to maturity, which happens when each member carries out his work after having been equipped by the leadership (Eph.4:11-16). This is accomplished by receiving and dispensing God’s grace by applying the Word of God to the hearts of men (Acts 20:32, Jn.17:17, Jn.15:3) through the gifts (1 Pe.4:10, 1 Cor.14:26) to cultivate love, holiness, and worship through faith in the gospel of Christ (I Tim.1:5, Tit.2:11-14).

Jesus Christ will return to earth from heaven personally, visibly, and gloriously to bring about the consummation of all things (Acts 1:11; Tit.2:13; Rev.1:7, Isa.65:17-18)