OUR LIFESTYLE STATEMENT
|What we practice|
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the
Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following seven practices:
Bible as our sole authority:
“…and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you
wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” II Tim. 3:15.
Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the bible as our manual for living. Our fist question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization.
The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
Autonomy of each local church
“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Col 1:18.
Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any “outside” control. In relating to our “daughter churches” that we will sponsor, we encourage each congregation to determine it’s own strategy, structure, and style.
Priesthood of every believer
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
I Pet. 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 every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to the throne room of God through the Holy Spirit by prayer and Bible reading.
“They gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.”
2 Corinthians 8:3-4.
We practice the giving of our time, talents, and income out of a deep seeded love for the Lord and for the Church. Our giving goes for the support of Christ’s Body, the church as God commands. It is our privilege and opportunity to show our love for Him through giving.
“Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead”
We practice baptism by immersion under water- the way Jesus was
baptized and the way the Bible teaches.
Telling Other About Christ
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the good news with those God brings us into contact with. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.