Beliefs

We consider all truly regenerated believers who have been united with Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, through sincere repentance and faith in Him as their only Lord and Savior from sin, to be our family in the deepest sense of the word. While like any family there may be legitimate disagreements over non-essential (though important) matters, we consider ourselves united with all of those who have a real, personal and spiritual knowledge of Jesus Christ according to the gospel that was preached by His first Apostles. This is true regardless of denominational affiliation, nationality, “style of worship,” or even disagreements over some of our convictions described below. Our goal is that by the Spirit of Christ the truths we embrace would result in “love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith,” rather than pride and division. We yearn for and welcome loving fellowship with all true believers seeking to know more of Christ and below is merely a brief summary of some of our distinguishing convictions that may help portray who we are.

As a side note, we believe and stand firm upon all of the central truths agreed upon by all orthodox and evangelical believers throughout the centuries (e.g. the Trinity, resurrection, the inspiration and ultimate authority of Scripture, etc.), and for a more in-depth look at these beliefs we suggest you browse the historical creeds listed on the right.  While we do not believe that these creeds hold any binding authority upon the conscience of a believer, and may not quite agree with every single statement in some of the latter ones, we greatly esteem these landmarks of the faith and believe that they accurately represent our understanding of the Scriptures.

Again, we welcome all who acknowledge Christ alone as their Savior from sin even if they might disagree with some of what is described below. While all of us hold to these truths in some measure, we do not assume that all of us are equally united around them to the same conviction and degree.  However, while open to debate and discussion, the primary emphasis in teaching and practice will by the grace of God revolve around the following:

The Centrality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Old English word “gospel” actually means good news/message, and we believe that the central theme of the Christian life, Scripture, and all reality is the glory of God’s only Son and the good news of what He has accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection.  Although the full glory of this good news is too bright, and its treasures too deep for us to fully understand and enjoy in this life, we agree that the central truths generally proclaimed especially throughout the Protestant Reformation and onward are the most faithful to the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ.

These truths would include the following:

Through the disobedience and fall of the father of the human race, all men are now separated from and are rebels against our holy, good, and beautiful Creator1

Because of this fall, men are enslaved to sin and will not truly come to God unless His Spirit comes and gives them a new nature united with His Son2

In the appointed time God sent His Son as Messiah not merely to teach people how to live, but rather to identify Himself with their rebellion and crimes, taking the place of His people and suffering the judgment and wrath of God upon the cross so that they would not have to3

And finally, a person can only be justified, or made right with God through turning from their sins, merits, and religious works and trusting in Christ alone to save them4

We also believe that this gospel shines the brightest and clearest in the light of the historical teachings about grace, meaning that Jesus Christ fully accomplished and carries out the entire work of salvation for His people and it is only because of God’s sovereign and loving grace alone that His people come to faith and persevere in Christ until the resurrection.5  We believe that all motivation, preaching, instruction, ecouragement, etc., or in other words, everything in the life of a church should be in light of and magnify the reality of this eternal gospel; and should promote a life lived for eternal riches rather than the fleeting things of this world (wealth, worldy success and popularity, self-promotion, self-indulgence, etc.)6

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The Necessity of the Experiential Work of the Holy Spirit

A very old and wise saint once said that while the work of Jesus Christ is the first great head and principle of all “gospel truths,” the second, regarding the Person and work of the Holy Spirit, is of such great importance that without it the first will be useless to promote the glory of God and the good of the souls of men. We fully and gladly agree with this statement. We believe that an outward profession of faith is not sufficient evidence that one has been saved and reconciled to God, but rather true saving faith is a result of the supernatural work of God whereby He resurrects a fallen heart and comes to live within it by the Holy Spirit.7 One is only a child of God if they have been born again and taught directly by the Spirit, and though a true Christian may fall into sin at times, he cannot ultimately continue in a lifestyle of sin because he has become a new creature with new loves and desires.8 We also emphasize that spiritual truths are not just to be analyzed and assented to, but rather ultimately they are to be tasted and enjoyed within the hearts of saints in the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of Christ.9 We also believe that the experiential presence and power of God is to be continually sought after and esteemed throughout the life of a church, and that all of the gifts promised to God’s people in Scriptures are available and necessary for today.10

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The Organic and Familial Nature of the Church

Finally, we believe that the scriptures teach that the Church is first and foremost a living organism as opposed to a formal organization.11 We are an intimate family called to give and share our lives with one another in the context of real, relational-based fellowship.12 As such, the focus is upon the individual members of the body, and as long as it is set within the parameters given by scripture, a local church should cater to and revolve around the gifts of its individual members rather than the other way around.13 Staying consistent with the principles of the Reformation, we strive to conform all our practices to those of the Apostles and to keep away from all ritualism, formalism, and external religion.14 That being said, we also believe in servant-leadership and biblical order as described in Scripture, but not to the extent where heartfelt spontaneity would be prevented and the Spirit quenched.15

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