1. The Bible as our sole authority.
“All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
Since God’s word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?”
2. Autonomy of each local church.
“And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the first born from among the dead, so that everything he might have supremacy.” Colossians 1:18 NIV
Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating or cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self governing and independent from any denominational control.
3. Priesthood (ministry) of every believer.
“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen” Revelation 1:5b-6, NIV
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
The bible teaches that every christian is called to “full time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
“But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7, NIV
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”. 2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV
“…for God loves a cheerful giver!” 2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV
“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own.” 2 Corinthians 9:11-12, NIV
Remember this: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV
“On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” 2 Corinthians 16:2, NIV
“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. “2 Corinthians 8:12, NIV
“Having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12 NIV
We practice baptism by immersion under water – the way Jesus was baptized, the way the Bible commands as part of our responding to God’s salvation through Christ.
6. Spirit-led living
“[F]or it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13, NIV
“[B]e filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18, NIV
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right
7. Telling others about Christ
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15, NIV
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God has brought us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5, NIV