Beliefs & Purpose

What We Believe

1. The Bible

The Old and New Testaments are inerrant as inspired by God, and the only authority for faith and practice.
(II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21)

2. God

In one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Gen. 1:26; Col. 1:15-17; Gen. 1:2; Acts 13:2)

3. The Fall of Man

In the fall of man, his universal depravity, and that of himself he is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
(Gen. 1:26 & 31, 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12; Psa.14:1-3; Rom. 3:10 & 23)

4. Salvation

In salvation by grace through faith in the atoning blood of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – who is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, became man and was sinless, in order that He might redeem mankind and reveal the Father -and that all who receive the Lord Jesus are “born again” of the Holy Spirit and become children of God.
(Job 10:12,22:2; Eph.2:8, 9; Lev. 17:11; Heb. 9:22; Rev. 12:11; John 3:16; Matt. 1:20; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23; Isa. 53; John 1:1 & 14; John 1:18; John 3:3; I Peter 1:23; Rom. 8:16; Gal. 4:6,7)

5. The Resurrection of Christ

In the literal, physical resurrection of Christ that guarantees a believer’s right standing before God and is the hope of eternal life.
(I Peter 1:3-5; Rom. 4:35; 1Cor. 15:17; John 11:25; Col. 3:1-4)

6. The Church

In the universal, “body of Christ,” composed of all believers; and the church (“local called out assembly,”) a part of the greater.
(Psa. 135:1; I Cor. 12:12-14; Acts 11:26)

7. Satan

In the personality of Satan, angels, and other spirit beings both good and evil.
(Job 1:6; Matt. 4:1; Psa. 34:7; Luke 22:43; Psa. 106:37; Mark 5:1-9; Eph. 3:10; Rom. 8:38)

8. The Second Coming

In the blessed hope, the personal, visible and bodily return of the Lord Jesus.
(Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13)

Our Purpose

Purpose

To Love God and Love Others
(Matthew 22:37-39, Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:27)

Process

S C S” Share Christ, Connect People for the purpose of becoming more like Christ, Serve Others.

Sharing Christ

is being a witness so that the world will see God’s love at work in us and desire to know Him.

Vertical:

Acts 1:8; Proverbs 11:30

Horizontal:

John 1:12; Proverbs 30:4

Connecting People

is getting people together with the purpose socializing (hanging out in order to getting to know one another), fellowshipping (desiring to be united in spirit), breaking bread (growing in the knowledge of God’s word).

Vertical:

Genesis 4:26 – Acts 2:42

Horizontal:

Deuteronomy 1:15

Serving Others

is living for God in a such a way that, just as the love of God was seen in a humble, self – sacrificing Christ, so that love might be demonstrated through us.

Vertical:

Deuteronomy 6:5; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Horizontal:

Ezekiel 34; Mark 10:45

Goals

1. To provide a “place of prayer for all people” individually and collectively. (Isa. 56:7; Mark 11:17) Prayer is the most powerful resource God has made available to man; it is the vehicle by which God accomplishes His purpose on earth. (Jer. 29:12,33:3; Acts 10:4; Rev. 8:4; Rom. 8:26-28) Man is saved by prayer (Rom. 10:13), has his needs met through prayer (Mat. 6:8-10), has the desires of his heart met through prayer (Ps. 37:4), and accomplishes great things via prayer (Jer. 33:3); for the content of all true prayer originates in the heart of God, is revealed in His Word and is activated in the heart of the person who truly seeks to know the mind of God. (Gen. 15:2,4 & Gen. 13:15, Ex. 32:10, 11 & 13; Acts 10:31; Isa. 42:6 & Luke 2:30-32)

2. To win the lost. (Luke 19:10; Isa. 53:6) NOTE: Because this does not appear first does not mean “seeking the lost” and the “Great Commission” will not be our top priority, it shall be. It is rather saying, that to be an effective soul winning church with lasting results, that collectively and individually this ministry must be, as was the ministry of the LORD, bathed in prayer. It is then and only then that the ministry moves in the power of the Spirit rather than the might of men. (Zech. 4:6)

3. To meet the needs of people in all areas of living, from the spiritual to the physical, from worship to entertainment as the Lord so provides. (Deut. 8.3; Matt. 4:4; Mark 6:42; Isa. 53:5b; Mark 6:56)

Objectives

1. To love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all of our strength; and to love our neighbor as ourself.
(Deut. 6:5; Matt. 23:37; Lev. 19:18; Matt. 22:39)

2. To make the House of God a place of prayer.
(Isa. 56:7; Mark 11:17)

3. To reach as many people as possible with the clear and simple message of Salvation.
(Matt. 28:19; Rom. 10:9)

4. To be interdenominational in attitude and evangelistic in heart and action.
(Acts 10:34, 35; Acts 15:11, 28 & 29; I Cor. 10:33)

5. To make a clear distinction between personal tastes and Scriptural requirements, so as not to confuse man’s law (denominational issues, traditions, etc.) with that which is clearly defined in God’s law, the Bible. (See Scriptures for Objective #4)

6. To base our fellowship on the love of Christ, and not theological issues and concepts. By this we mean – many good and sincere men have taken sides on theological issues which are controversial (more than one viewpoint) by nature. The result has been the church attacking the church (much to the satisfaction of Satan). It is our belief that “born again” men and women should be able to fellowship regardless of personal opinion or preference. Scripture says. “Above all these things put on love, which is the uniting bond of perfectness; By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
(Col. 3:14 & John 13:35)

7. To “feed the flock.” (John 21:15-17) The Word of God is able to meet the needs of people in every area of living. (Heb 4:12) We shall therefore endeavor to, with the help of the Holy Spirit, make the Bible relevant to daily living so “that the man of God might be complete, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.
(II Tim. 3:17) 

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