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STATEMENT OF FAITH

Four Peaks Christian Church has adopted the following Statement of Faith. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@fourpeakschurch.com

SUMMERY OF BELIEFS

At Four Peaks Christian Church we believe the gathering of God’s people for worship is to be marked as a serious and dedicated time before God and one another. Our gathering for worship must also be marked as a definitive break, a dedicated time away from the “world” and a very focused time to face God and allow Him to renew us. And through our time together in worship and the renewing of our hearts and minds, we are to reengage in our journey as loyal and well equipped, humble ambassadors, proclaiming the hope that is in us through Jesus Christ

 

In as much we believe that dedicated, God honoring worship, and the renewal of our lives in Jesus Christ, is only possible when we have truly accepted the free gift of Salvation, and so our number one mission as the Church is to love and encourage everyone to first and foremost focus on their relationship with Jesus Christ through Salvation.

 

We believe that Salvation comes only through Jesus, fully God, fully man, fully Spirit (the Trinity, the Godhead) and that Salvation is the only essential action one must take in order to become a child of God and to gain full access to the Kingdom of Heaven, and live an eternal life with God in perfection. 

 

Not until one has solidified their life in Jesus Christ through Salvation, in accordance with God’s Word, the Bible, is one able to comprehend the simplest detail of the Godhead, God’s perfect and sovereign love for us, the true meaning of His infallible Word and the gift of Salvation.

 

Four Peaks Christian Church is fully committed to the entirety of God’s Word, both New Testament and Old Testament, as the only source of absolute truth for the believer, and the only source where God directs and speaks to each of us on how we are to live every aspect of our lives.

 

We aspire to honor God in all that we do as a church, the body of believes under God’s authority, and in our private lives to His honor and Glory. It is the mission of this church to not simply say we love each other, pray for each other, or help each other, but to live each of these Godly principles out intentionally, and consistently as commanded by God. Furthermore, we do not live this out because we are compelled, but because we crave to live the life God has called us to, and to live it out with great joy and thanksgiving before all people and in accordance with God’s Word.

 

Our time together will consistently focus on remembering and giving back to God, with joy and thanksgiving, a portion of what He has given to us through tithing. It is also a time to recognize and remember the death, resurrection and the future return of Jesus Christ, through the act of communion (the Lord’s Supper). In addition we will recognize the symbolic practice of baptism as commanded by God for all who have entrust Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives as an outward expression of our faith.

THE SCRIPTURES

Four Peaks Christian Church has chosen three versions of the Scriptures we hold as accurate translations, and the only translations we will adhere to doctrinally : The New International Version (NIV) by Zondervan, The English Standard Version (ESV) by Crossway, and the King James Version (KJV) by Cambridge University Press.  The NIV has been selected as our primary translation for teaching based on its readability through the use of more relatable American English vocabulary.

 

We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is completely true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard for all Believers. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

 

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

GOD

We believe there is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and perfect in all things. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through repentant faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all people.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11.; 20:1.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Psalm 139:1-24; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God, yet fully God and fully man in human form. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with humankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of all people from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

Genesis 18:1.; Psalms 2:7.; 110:1.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables everyone to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts people of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls everyone to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

HUMANKIND

We believe all people are a special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender, and the predetermined life He created us to live is therefore part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning humankind was innocent of sin and was endowed by the Creator with freedom of choice. By the free choice Adam and Eve sinned against God and brought sin to the entire human race. Through the temptation of Satan humanity transgressed the command of God, and fell from there original innocence whereby there posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring people into His holy fellowship and enable the human race to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created people in His own image, and in that Christ died for all; therefore, every person is worthy of God honoring Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

SALVATION

We believe salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from a personal decision to receive Jesus Christ as Lord.

Regeneration is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart brought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.

Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.

Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

GRACE

We believe election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of all people, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.

All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers will fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, and invite temporal judgment on themselves; yet they will be kept secure in their salvation by the power of God.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19; Hebrews 11:39–12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2; Revelation 20:15.

THE CHURCH

We believe a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is solely responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are the Board of Directors, Pastors, Elders and Deacons / Deaconesses. While both men and women are gifted and will be called to serve the church, the offices of Pastor, and  Elder is limited to men and only those qualified by Scripture.

 

The New Testament speaks also of the Church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.

Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.

WORSHIP

We believe the first day of the week is a unique and God given time to gather as believers in a time of restoration and preparation for a new week. We signify this day as the Lord's Day and observe this day as a day set aside from all others and as a day of rest as was modeled for us by God when He rested on the seventh day of His creation. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord's Day should be commensurate with the Christian's conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and not under compulsion.

Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1.; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-3,33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10.

PRAYER

We believe in the power of prayer as found in the Scriptures and understand we are to regularly engage with God in this way and not doubt that all things are possible through Him. Believers are called by God to come boldly to Him with all kinds of petitions and request and to pray without ceasing. Prayer is the Christians only way to directly communicate with God and to ask for both the things we need and the things we may desire. We are called to be disciplined in our prayer life and to engage with God, through Jesus Christ. The sacredness of prayer benefits both us and those whom we commit to prayer. A prayer life that is done in obedience to God, will not only be marked by joy, peace, and understanding, but a time used by God to test us in our trust and reliance on Him. It is a time God often uses to bring us closer to Him, and those times are often marked when we perceive He is silent.

 

The Christian will also face times God will not answer our prayers as we desire, and this too serves as a further test of our reliance on Him and coming to terms with His sufficiency in all things. And while we do not hear audibly from God, He provides not only His Word, the Scriptures, He also provides through others the means by which to communicate His purpose and direction according to His will and plan for our lives.

 

Mark 11:24; Philippians 4:6; Romans 8:26, 12:1-21; James 5:16; Matthew 6:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Colossians 4:2; John 15:7; Jeremiah 33:3; Ephesians 6:18; 1 John 5:14; Luke 18:1; 1 Timothy 2:8; Hebrews 4:16; Acts 1:14; James 1:6, 4:3; Psalm 18:6, 141:2; 1 Peter 3:12.

DOMINION OF GOD

We believe the dominion of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular Kingship over all people who willfully acknowledge Him as King, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Particularly His Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which all will enter by a trustful, commitment to Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 3:2; 4:8-10,23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mark 1:14-15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13; Revelation 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 19:16; 21-22.

END TIMES

We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. In as much those who have rejected the free gift of salvation will be eternally separated from God and will be committed to Satan and his kingdom of Hell. Those who  have accepted the free gift of salvation will in their resurrected and glorified bodies be united with God to live eternally in Heaven with Him. Until such time, the Church is to persevere and continue with passion the proclamation of the Gospel.

Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30, 36-44; 46-47; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40-48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 19:11-27; 21:27-28; John 3:36; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.

MISSIONS

We believe it is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of deep love for everyone. Missionary effort on the part of all rests upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to first and foremost, live an exemplary lifestyle that honors God in all things and secondly to humbly and reverently testify to the greatness of our God, and always being prepared to give an answer of the hope that is in us. It is also our duty as the Church to respectfully and lovingly disengage with anyone who  requests to terminate any further communication with regard to the Word of God. In as much, we are to continue to love and exhibit sincere care for all whether the message is accepted or denied.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 1 Peter 3:15-15; Revelation 22:17.

TEACHING

We believe in and through Jesus Christ abides all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth in Christ opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ's people.

In as much the teaching of God’s Word in all aspects of education within the church, must never be compromised. No portion of scripture is to be distilled to suite the opinion, beliefs or desire of people. The entirety of God’s Word is edifying and is good for teaching and no portion of scripture is to be rejected for any reason.

Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,14; 6:1-10; 31:12-13; Nehemiah 8:1-8; Job 28:28; Psalms 19:7.; 119:11; Proverbs 3:13ff.; 4:1-10; 8:1-7,11; 15:14; Ecclesiastes 7:19; Matthew 5:2; 7:24ff.; 28:19-20; Luke 2:40; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 2:3,8-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; 2 Timothy 4:3; Hebrews 5:12-6:3; James 1:5; 3:17.

STEWARDSHIP & TITHING

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual “debtorship” to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore called by God to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, and liberally, and for the advancement of the Gospel and the furtherance of the Church. Tithing is between the individual and God and should never be done under compulsion or as a means by which to gain recognition and prominence.

Likewise, the leadership of FPCC must submit to God as the authority over all that has been given and with great respect, humility and honor. The resources of both time and money that have been entrusted to us must be used wisely and intentionally to serve the body, and the community and in exact accordance with God’s Word.

Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29; Luke 12:16-21,42; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 17:24-25; 20:35; Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19.

THE LIFE OF A BELIEVER (THE CHURCH)

We believe God calls all Christians, the true Church, to seek and make the Will of Christ supreme in their own life. We are to take part in working to improve society and the establishment of righteousness and Godly justice. As Christians we are called to reject racism, hatred of any individual, or seeking revenge of any kind, regardless of ones religious beliefs, personal preferences or life style choices.

We believe Christians (the Church) are to reject all things God defines in His Word as evil or sinful and anything contrary to His Word. We are called to reject the actions, decisions and choices a person or people make which fall outside of what God deems as acceptable, which includes the sinful decisions, actions and choices of fellow believers. The Church is called to disassociate with anyone who rejects Scriptural warning in all aspects that are determined by the church that an individual(s) actions or explicit behavior reject God’s Word and may further hinder or undermine any part of the mission of the church.   We are not however called to ever hate or speak ill of any individual for their disobedience of God’s Word, but are still called to love everyone just as Christ loved us even while we ourselves were still living in sin and contrary to Gods Word. Christians (the Church) are always to model a life that is pleasing before people and God.

God calls Christians to live in the world but not of it and to live a life that rejects, but is not limited to: Altering the Word of God, lying, cheating, drunkenness, murder, abuse, adultery, rape, pornography, and all other forms of sexual immorality which are addressed and defined individually in God’s Word.

We are called by God to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick and we should contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.

We believe Christians are called to do all things to the best of their abilities and all to the honor and glory of God, that we may please both people and God. We area called to honor our leaders in all branches of government and pray for them, and we are to live this out in all aspects and in all circumstances of our lives.

Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Proverbs 3:4; Proverbs 6:16-19; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; Matthew 18:15-17; Matthew 22:36-40; 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; James 4:4; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 5:8; Romans 12:9; Romans 12–14; Romans 1:26-27; 1Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12;  2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8; Titus 3:10-11.

FAMILY (MARRIED / SINGLE PARENTS)

We believe God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption under God.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman, equally yoked and in covenant commitment under God for a lifetime, with the exception of adultery / abuse. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His Church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to honor and respect his wife and love his wife just as Christ loves the Church. God only calls the husband to full responsibility of providing for, protecting, and leading his family, in addition to being trust worthy and faithful in all areas of his life. It is the husbands role to recognize that his wife a gift from God. The husband is warned not to provoke his children to anger and is to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and in accordance with there bent, and to instruct his children in good and Godly discipline.

In like manner, a wife is to respect, honor and love her husband, provide for her family, raise children according to their bent, and also not provoke her children to anger, and to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, in addition to  instructing her children in good and Godly discipline.

She is to support her husband in managing the family according to God’s design. In the same way, a wife is to recognize her husband is a gift from God.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth and not their own understanding or interpretation of the scriptures.  Children are to honor and obey their parents.

In the event one becomes a single parent due to the passing of a spouse or through irreconcilable  divorce, it is the duty of the Church to encourage and love the remaining family in accordance with God’s Word.

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.

SINGLES (UNMARRIED)

We believe those who choose to remain single and through their singleness honor God in a more profound way then if they were married, should be honored and recognized just as we honor and recognize those who are married, with or without children. Christians should celebrate those who choose to live their life for God in this way and the church should provide opportunities for those who are single to serve in ways those who are married cannot. We also believe that those who are single should be surrounded by those who will love them as family; providing a place when needed to grieve and a place to rejoice with their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 7:1-16; 1 Corinthians 7:32–35; Philippians 4:10–14; Mark 10:29–31; John 13:34–35; Matthew 22:30; Colossians 3:13-14.

THE SACRAMENTS

 

Baptism

We believe God’s Word clearly states that Baptism by water is not foundational to our salvation in Jesus Christ, rather it is an outward expression, God calls us to participate in to proclaim what has already taken place in our lives, that of having received Jesus as Lord and Savior. The act of Baptism is also to further communicate our dedication to our new life in Jesus, and to demonstrate publicly our commitment to follow God’s will, and God’s plan for our lives. Participating in baptism as a congregant is solely up to the individual. This is between the individual and God and the commitment they profess individually. One must have a mature understanding of baptism to participate in this expression of their faith.

 

Communion (The Lord's Supper)

We believe communion (the Lord’s Supper), taking the bread and the cup, are also a symbolic, outward expression for the believer which God calls us to do regularly, as a time of remembrance of all that Jesus did for us through His death and resurrection. These elements are to further assist us in recounting what Jesus endured before His death and what we are to never forget in thanksgiving. Communion however carries with it a warning that tithing and baptism do not, and that of eating and drinking condemnation to our bodies if we are not in proper standing with God.

 

Taking communion as a congregant is solely up to the individual. This time is between the individual and God and the decision to participate or not participate in a time of communion is private. Parents are encouraged to engage with their children in the matter of Communion and to determine the eligibility of each child’s relationship with the Lord prior to their participating in this act of worship.

 

References for Baptism and Communion: Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11;  14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12. 

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