Our Core Beliefs

People of the Book
The core beliefs of our congregation are embodied in the infallibility of the Lord's Word - the Bible.  As Paul tells Timothy, "All scripture is God-Breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (II Timothy 3:16-17).  We feel that we have unity in doctrine that is found in the Word, and freedom in the areas where it remains silent.  The very reason we call ourselves Christians comes from the Word; "The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch" (Acts 11:26).  In one early commentator's words, "The Bible only makes Christians only."  If we are committed to being People of the Book, we will be diligent in seeking His Face and His Way through the Good News of the Bible, His perfect Word.

 

Joining the Church
In order to answer this, we have to know what the Bible says the Church is.  Many today look at the worship facility they go to and label it their church.  But the Church isn't glued down to the ground on a concrete foundation, it is a living, moving entity that is comprised of the very people who wear the name of Christ (Acts 2:47).  We do not have a group of individuals telling us how to operate, as we are completely autonomous, functioning under the local leadership of elders, and seeking to build up the kingdom got the only Head of the Church--Jesus Christ.  So the next question we have is how does one seek to be a part of such a vibrant body?  By following the plan of salvation that is illustrated throughout the New Testament:

 

Faith in Jesus Christ

Mark 16:16, John 3:16, Acts 8:37, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 11:6
 

 

 

 


Repentance

Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38, 3:19, 17:30, 2 Corinthians 7:10
 

 

 

 


Confession of faith in Christ

Matt. 10:32-33, Acts 8:37, Romans 10:9-11
 

 

 

 


Immersion for the Forgiveness of Sin

Acts 2:38, 22:16, Romans 6:3-7:1, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:12, 1 Peter 3:21

 

 

 

 

Enduring till the End

Matthew 10:22 & 24:13, Mark 13:13

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper is the centerpiece of the weekly worship service.  It is a sobering reminder of the price that was paid for our sins, through the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  It was first instituted by our Savior the night before his crucifixion, and was observed by the 12 disciples.  The bread is representative of His broken body, the cup representative of His life blood.  After Jesus' resurrection, the act was repeated by the remaining disciples on the first day of the week (the New Testament Church was started on Pentecost, which took place on a Sunday, see Acts 2:1-42).  Paul, in his travels throughout the regions of Europe and Asia Minor, took timeout to observe the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7).  Likewise, we too take the time to remember all that Christ has done for us.