Our Statement of Beliefs 2008

Our sincere desire is to restore the New Testament church in its doctrine, life, and practice. Therefore, we espouse no formal creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, and no names but those found in the Scriptures. We seek to be Christians only, to speak where the Bible speaks, and remain silent where the Bible is silent. We acknowledge no head of the church but Jesus the Christ, and no church government beyond the eldership of the local congregation.

The following statements are provided for the purpose of helping others understand our position on the most important doctrines of the Bible (Acts 20:27). This document does not represent a complete list and in no way replaces the authority of the Scriptures. We do not make this statement a test of fellowship.

The Godhead
YHWH (”Yahweh” or “Yaywah”) is the one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 43:10) who eternally exists in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3: 16-17; 28:19; 2Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2). Man can know that God exists by means of the revelation of Himself in nature (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:19, 20), in the inspired scriptures (2Timothy 3:16, 17), and through His Son Yeshua. (Hebrews 1:2)

The Holy Scriptures
The canonical books of both the Old and New Testaments are the verbally inspired, inerrant, and providentially preserved Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 2:20, 21; Psalm 12:6,7; Matt. 5:17,18, Matt. 24:35, 1 Pet. 1:23). These are sufficient as our only rule of faith and practice

We believe in a closed cannon of scripture (Prov. 30:6, Rev. 22:18, 19)

Creation
The material Universe was specially created by God in six literal days (Genesis 1 and Exodus 20:11). God is distinct from His creation, being the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Both biblical and scientific evidence indicate a relatively young Earth, and that many of the Earth’s features must be viewed in light of a universal, catastrophic flood (Genesis 6-8).

Angels
We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless angels or spiritual beings who act as His servants and messengers (Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2; Hebrews 1:14).

The Devil

Lucifer is a created angelic being who was the first to rebel against God the Father by asserting his self-will (Isaiah 14:12-16; Ezekiel 28:12-19). He is presently the “the god of this world”, and the archenemy of God and the saints. He mainly deceives people through false beliefs, philosophies, and traditions (2 Corinthians 4:4; Col 2:8; Revelation 12:9) This Satan has been defeated by Jesus Christ on the cross (1 John 3:8), and he is destined to an eternity in the Lake of Fire (Matthew 25: 41; Revelation 20:10) Satan’s powers are limited by God (Job 1:6-12) and believers are called to resist his attacks through obedience to God’s word and effective prayer, calling upon the Lord to rebuke the devil (James 4:7; 5:16; Jude 1:9)

Mankind
God created man (male and female) in His likeness (Genesis 1:26-27), having rational, moral, relational, and spiritual capacities. Human beings are therefore the crown of God’s creation, possessing inherent dignity and moral worth (Psalm 8:3-6). The ultimate purpose for man is to know God and enjoy eternal fellowship with Him (John 4:24).

The Fall
Adam and Eve were created as free moral agents, with the ability to choose to love God and obey His divine will. Satan tempted and deceived Adam and Eve into disobeying God (Genesis chapter 3) Because of Adam’s sin, physical death and alienation from God entered into the world; however, the guilt of Adam’s sin is not inherited in any way (Ecclesiastes 7:29; Ezekiel 18:5-20; Matthew 18:1-5) . Although born in innocence, man only becomes personally guilty when he consciously breaks the law of God (1 John 3:4)

Jesus the Christ
Jesus of Nazareth is the second person of the Godhead who “became flesh”(John 1:14), and lived among us as fully God (John 1:1) and fully man (1 Timothy 2:5) – the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16). He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1 :30-35). Although tempted in all points like as we are, he remained sinless (Hebrews 4:15). His claims were confirmed by his miracles (Acts 2:22) He is mankind’s only hope for salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for the sins of all people (I Peter 1: 18-19) He resurrected bodily, appeared to many, and then ascended into heaven where sits at the right hand of the Father (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 1 Timothy 3:16; Acts 2:22-36). Jesus is the only mediator between God and man (Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25) One day soon, He will personally, bodily, and visibly return to judge the world
(Revelation 1:7; 22:12) and receive his own unto himself (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

The Atonement

God has made provision for all to be saved (grace) through the all-sufficient substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross (1 John 2:2; Hebrews 7:27; 9:12; 10:10). God draws all sinners to repentance (John 12:32). When a sinner places his faith in Christ and obeys the Gospel of his own free will, God cleanses him of sin, and makes him a child of God (John 1:11- 12, John 5:24). The sinner is free to either resist or submit to the Gospel and drawing of God (Rom. 2:4-5). The merits of Christ’s sacrifice are only applied to those who obey the terms of the Gospel by placing their faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (John 3:16, 17), turn from their ungodliness (Luke 12:1-3; Acts 2:38; 17:30; 26:20; 2Peter 3:9) confess Jesus Christ as their Lord (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9-13) and are immersed in water for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:36-38; Mark 16: 16; Romans 6:3-7).

Those who reject the Gospel are cut off from the atonement and are “condemned already.” There is no other way to be saved apart form placing one’s faith in Jesus Christ, nor is there a second chance after death (John 3:18, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Heb. 9:27). Good works do not merit our atonement in any way (Eph. 2:8,9). Christians who do not persevere in their faith unto the end, but forsake Christ and the Gospel, will be lost (Matt. 24:13, Rom. 11:20-22, 1 Cor. 15:1-2, Col. 1:21-23, Hebrews 2:1-3, Hebrews 3:12-14).

The New Covenant
The Mosaic Covenant has been replaced by the New Covenant; therefore all must come to salvation through Yeshua Ha’Mashiach and the New Covenant (Heb. 8:7-13 & Heb. 10:9). We are no longer under the letter of the Law, but under the “law of Christ” (Rom. 6:14, 1 Cor. 9:21, Gal. 3:24-25, Gal. 4:21-5:1, Gal. 6:2). Christianity is the one true religion, and Jesus the Christ is the only divine Son of God, resurrected Lord, and Savior of all who lovingly obey Him (Gal. 3:36-39).

The “Church”
The universal Ekklesia, which is the Body and Bride of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-27), consists of all of the redeemed of all ages, and is not limited only to post-Pentecost believers (Matt. 8:11-12, Eph. 1:9-10, Eph. 4:4-6, Heb. 11:39-40). The Church is not an organization but a spiritual organism or the collective of all believers (1 Corinthians 12:12- 14; Ephesians 1:22-23). Christ alone is the head of his church (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Col. 1:18)
The local congregation, autonomously governed by a plurality of elders, is the only visible form of the Church on earth (Acts 20:17) We believe in the priesthood of all believers (1 Corinthians 1:1; Revelation 1:6).

The Great Commission is the primary mission of the Church (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20).

The unity of all true followers of Jesus Christ, is the response to his prayer for his disciples (John 17:21; 1 Cor 1:10), but unity without regard for sound doctrine dishonors God and His word (1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 3:5, 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14,15, 1 Corinthians 5:11-13, Romans 16:17, 2 John 10-11, 2 Timothy 4:3, Ephesians 4:1,3,13-15, Jude 3)

We practice the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper as a memorial of Christ’s death and shed blood for our sins (Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the “third person” of the triune Godhead who is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son (1 Cor. 2:10-13; Eph. 4:30; 1 Cor. 12:11; Heb. 9:14; Ps. 139:7-10; Is. 40:13, 14; Rom. 15:13; John 16:13). His main ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ, and to convict men of sin and impending judgment (John 14:16,17; John 16:7-13) Every repentant believer is baptized in, indwelled, and sealed by the Holy Spirit upon obeying the Gospel (Acts 2:38; 1Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13; 3:16-20; 4:30; 5:18) Every believer has been given spiritual gifts by the same Spirit for the purpose of edifying the body of Christ (1 Peter 4:10-11) No spiritual gift is the “initial evidence” or universal sign of having received the baptism in the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 12:28-30) The Holy Spirit is ultimately sovereign in the distribution of spiritual gifts, and not man (1Corinthians 12:11).
Typically given to specific believers by the laying on of the Apostles’ hands, the apostolic sign gifts of revealed knowledge, healing, miracles, tongues, and interpretation of tongues gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed, their authority upheld, and the early church firmly established (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:1-8; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:20; 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:4). Even the Apostles who had these gifts used them only sparingly (Philippians 2:25–27; 1Timothy 5:23; 2Timothy 4:20).

Sanctification

Every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s position in Christ (Acts 20:32; 1 Cor. 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Pet. 1:2). There is also a process of progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the likeness of Christ through obedience to the Word of God (John 17:17, 19; Rom. 6:1-22; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Thess. 4:3, 4; 5:23). This process stays with the believer all through this earthly life. All claims to the complete eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural (Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Phil. 3:12; Col. 3:9, 10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).

We believe that the saved should live in such a manner that does not bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior, and that separation from sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God (Romans 12:1-2; 2Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17).

The Resurrection and Reward of Believers

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saints who have died, and in the “catching up” of the living saints AFTER a future, literal, tribulation to meet the Lord in the air (Matt. 24:29-31 & 1 Thess. 4:13-18). We believe in the Judgment Seat of Christ where we will all be judged and rewarded according to our works (1 Cor. 3:11-15 & 2 Cor. 5:10). We believe that believers shall reign forever with Christ in the everlasting heavenly kingdom of God after this present creation has been consumed with fire (2Peter 1:11; 3:7; 2Tim. 4:18) We believe in the resurrection, judgment, and eternal punishment of unbelievers in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 14:11, Rev. 20:11-15)

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