There are a plethora of different fellowships and denominations that are each known for their own unique doctrine and practice of Christian liberties. The result is believers often view churches outside their networks and preference as on opposing doctrinal teams. Sadly, when this happens, churches tend to focus on their minor differences, are unable to enjoy unity among the family of God, are unable to properly love each other and neglect to see their enormous commonalities. For this reason we hold to an “open/closed hand” approach when it comes to doctrine and Christian living.
In the closed hand we put the non-negotiable tenants of Christian Orthodoxy. These are things that we will break fellowship over and they consist of such things like; we believe the Bible is God’s word, Jesus is God’s son, we have all sinned and eternity is a long time to be apart from God in Hell.
In the open hand we put our negotiables. These are things that though we may have a preference on we will agree to disagree because we love one another and realize that we have far more in common than we do apart. Such things would include our preferences regarding politics, Christian liberties and interpretations regarding eschatology (end times and Jesus return).
In doing this we are striving to be faithful to the Lord by having sound doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16; Titus 1:9, 2:1), to love our family (1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 4:7-21) and steer clear of meaningless controversies and divisions (Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 1:10, 12:25).
“In the essential, unity, in the non-esentials diversity, in all things charity.” – Rupert Meldenzie
We believe that the whole of scripture (both the old and new testament) is the inspired word of God, is breathed by God and is the ultimate and final authority in and over all things. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1 20,21; Matthew 5:18)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father-Son-Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being; co-eternal in nature; co-eternal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:22,23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12).
THE PERSON & WORK OF JESUS
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, he fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9,10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 1:1,2).
We Believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
THE PERSON & WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption, and enduing believers with power to be witnesses in the world (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 1:8).
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25– 27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11).
We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
THE MINISTRY & SPIRITUAL GIFTS
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15).
We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).