What We Believe

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1. We are “Orthodox” in our theology drawing from the foundations provided by the Apostles and Early Church Fathers. We embrace without reservation the great Creeds of the historic Christian Church to include the Apostolic Creed of 390 AD, the Nicene Creed of 325, and the Athanasian Creed of the early 5th century.

2. We are “Reformed” in our doctrine accepting the great theological reforms of the 16th and 17th centuries through Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and the Puritan writers.

3. We are “Catholic” in our  conviction that the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world is the one Holy and Apostolic Church being “the one body with one Spirit, one Lord and one faith.” Consequently, all Christian leaders and churches have a common purpose to work cooperatively to reach the world for Christ.

4. We are “Evangelical” in our doctrinal adherence to the authority of Scripture, the deity of Christ and salvation through faith in the atoning work of Christ.

5. We are “Charismatic” in our worship and ministry, partaking of the power of the Holy Spirit and exercising the biblical gifts which are given to the Church. Through the empowering work of the Holy Spirit, we zealously reach out to our community and the world by demonstrating the compassion of Christ and offering His Gospel of salvation, hope and restoration.

6. We are “Christological” in our belief that the Lord Jesus Christ is central in our worship and Christian practices. We proclaim Jesus to be Lord of our Lives, the Head of His Church and King of His Kingdom. We proclaim Jesus to be the Lord of all things.

7. We are “Incarnational” in our theology, not that we are Christ, but that Christ is in us and we are in the world reaching the lost, continuing His word and demonstrating His kingdom on earth.

8. We are “Covenantal” in our theology believing that full partnership with God in accomplishing His purposes on earth is possible only through our response to His covenant. God’s covenant with His people is dramatized in the Old Testament through human experience and is ratified in the New Testament through the atoning work of Christ.

9. We are “Restorational” in our practical theology knowing that the central work of God as recorded in both the Old and New Testament is restoring man, the earth, and the universe from the corruption of evil back to God’s original plan and purpose.

10. We are “Apostolic” in our beliefs that Jesus is presently moving in His Church through the Ephesians 5 ministry graces or gifts; apostolically, prophetically, evangelistically, pastorally and through teaching. We believe the operation of these ministry gifts equips the saints of God to manifest His kingdom in the earth.

11. We are “Present Truth” in our belief that God is progressively restoring truth to the Church today. This progressive restoration can be traced from the Reformation, when men realized that “the just shall live by faith,” to this century when men are learning about the active role of the Holy Spirit in the earth today, all remaining faithful to both Old an New Testament Scriptures.

12. We are “Kingdom” in our theology believing that the central issue and concern of God in Scripture is His righteous rule in heaven and on earth. Since the Kingdom of God was the major subject preached and taught by Christ during His earthly ministry and after His resurrection, the Church is the embassy of the Kingdom of God on earth and must proclaim Christ as both Savior and Lord of all. We believe that the Kingdom of God is manifested on earth wherever believers take up their cross and proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom.