Beliefs

  1. Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6, Acts 4:12).
  2. Baptism is a step of obedience to God and is a picture of what Jesus has already done (Acts 8:36-37).
  3. There are only TWO ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Mat 28:19,1 Corinthians 11:23-30).
  4. There are only TWO offices: Pastor and deacon (1 Timothy 3). The Biblical terms ‘Bishop’ and ‘Elder’ are in effect the same office as that of the Pastor.
  5. Individual soul liberty. That everyone must answer to God for his or her beliefs and not to a pastor, deacon, church, denomination, or ruling council (Romans 14:12).
  6. That the scriptures are the final authority for all faith and practice—not the pastor, deacon, church, or denomination (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  7. The deity of Christ. In other words, that Jesus is as much God and part of God as God the Father and The Holy Spirit. This is known as the Trinity, or the belief that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit comprise a single God (John 1:1-14).
  8. The blood atonement. I believe that Jesus had to shed His blood for our sins and His vicarious death provides the only way to heaven (Hebrews 9).
  9. The virgin birth. I hold that Jesus’ birth was supernatural and that Mary conceived by the Holy Ghost before she knew any man (Matthew 1:20).
  10. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. I hold that Jesus rose from the dead, appeared to men, ascended into Heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father (1 Cor 15:13-20, Acts 2:33).
  11. The imminent return of Jesus Christ. Called the ‘Rapture’ by many, I believe that Jesus Christ will come to claim His own, at any moment, before many of the events listed in Revelation occur (Matthew 24:27-31).
  12. That the mission of the church and individual Christian is threefold: First, to walk with God (Micah 6:8), secondly, to magnify God (Psalms 34:3), and thirdly, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone and everyone (Mark 16:15).

WHAT DOES ‘WALKING WITH GOD’ MEAN?

The Bible teaches that God created mankind to have fellowship with Him. It is, therefore, part of the purpose of every individual to develop a dynamic, intricate, and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. To true Christians, the relationship is everything. They do not believe that Christianity is a list or rules of what you can and cannot do, but rather a means to develop a close relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit (Micah 6:8). This is done through many avenues, namely, reading the Bible, praying, praising, worshiping, and telling others of the Gospel.

I believe that it is important that every person, every individual discover the richness and incredible purity of a close relationship with God.

FAMILY

The Bible teaches that God meant for a person’s earthly happiness to be fulfilled through God given relationships (Ephesians 6). I believe that life is not about things, possessions, or money, but about relationships (Proverbs 15:17). True believers are a big proponent of healthy marriages, raising loving children, and in getting along with everyone around them—including their enemies (Luke 6:27).

Christians believe a person’s joy comes through relationships rather than purpose. In fact, it is the relationships that give meaning to their service, their ministries, and their zeal.

BAPTISM

I believe that baptism is something you do in obedience to God.

In other words, salvation is something God does for us, while baptism is something we do for God. It is viewed like a wedding ring. The ring doesn’t make a person married, but it tells everyone around them that he married. The ring is the married person’s public profession of his love to a particular person. It is similar to a pledge of allegiance. 

I will not baptize an individual, child, or otherwise until they come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ—then, and only then, would I baptize a person (Acts 8:36-38).

The Bible teaches to baptize by full immersion since the word ‘baptism’ means ‘a burial’. I believe it to be a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As such, they believe true baptism is only done through immersion (Romans 6:3-5).

MARRIAGE

True Christians assume a true marriage to be between a man and a woman. To that end, I hold marriage is the most sacred and basic of societal units. I believe the strength of a society’s marriages is the greatest cause and indicator of societal health. In addition, marriage is viewed as a microcosm of our relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe that God meant for a marriage to help us understand, to some degree, God’s vast and intricate love for us.

Healthy marriages, therefore, are important to God.

LIFE

As already stated elsewhere, life is not about things. Life is relationships. Foremost of those relationships is the one we hold with Jesus Christ. I personally believe every person was created for a purpose, that God has a plan and will for every individual. No one is less important than another, and no one can be thought of as unnecessary. Every single person is vital to God and to each of us (1 Corinthians 12).

HEAVEN

The Bible teaches us that Heaven is a real place existing(Genesis 1:1,8, Psalms 115:16).  It is where God resides. It is where those who have trusted Jesus as their Saviour will go when they die.

HELL

I believe Hell to be a real place existing outside of God—an eternal separation between soul and God. I do not believe in a purgatory. Hell was created originally for Satan and his devils as a place of incredible torment (Mat 25:41). I believe that God never intended nor desired for a single person to go to Hell (2 Pet 3:9). I believe sin caused a separation between God and man, and that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only bridge to cross from death to life. This bridge, however, is accessible by anyone at anytime (2 Cor 6:2, Romans 10:13, John 3:16). We have a loving God who went to supernatural lengths—by sending His Son to die—to provide everyone an opportunity to escape the fires of Hell and spend eternity in Heaven.
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