I believe the entire Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God and the only standard for faith and conduct. (2 Tim 3:16)
I believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:19, John 14:26, 2 Cor. 13:14, 1 Pet 1:2, John 10:30,Gen 1:26)
I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only Son and Savior of the world. I believe that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of mankind, was physically raised from the dead, ascended to heaven, and is exalted at the right hand of the Heavenly Father and that He is true God and true man. Further, that Jesus Christ will return and that He will then judge and rule in all His glory. (John 1:14, Matt 1:18, 2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Pet 2:24, Acts 2:24, Luke 24: 39, Luke 24:50,51, Mark 16:19, Php 2:9, 1Tim 2:5)
I believe in the personal salvation of believers by placing their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, confessing their sins, and turning away from sin (repentance), which results in right standing before God and eternal life. Salvation is obtained by the grace of God rather than through any human efforts or works (John 3:16, John 3:3, Gal. 2:16). I further believe we must live a life obedient to the instructions and commands of the Word, and that each person is regenerated with the Holy Spirit and that by such, one is continually convicted of sin, and becomes a living testimony known by their fruit. (John 14.15, Romans 6.16, 2 Peter 1.5-7).
I believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and that all the gifts of the Spirit are active and available today and given to believers by the Spirit for the edification of the church. (Acts 2:4, Acts 19:6&7, Acts 8:17, Matt 3:11b)
I believe the sacraments of the church are two in number: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (communion). That baptism is the outward expression of the individual's public confession of faith and that it should be performed by immersion. I believe in water baptism as Christ instructed. (Luke 3:21, Matt 28:19, John 3:5, Acts 2:35, Acts 10:47, 48) I believe in celebrating our covenant relationship with Jesus by the sacrament of Communion. I believe that communion should be offered to those who profess their faith and have examined their hearts, confessed their sins, and acknowledge that taking it in an unworthy manner is to take on the sin of the world. (1Cor 11:23-26)
I believe in the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to His church to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus, making disciples among all ethnic groups, with signs and wonders following. (Mark 16:15-18)
I believe in the second coming of Christ in power and glory. I believe that at the final judgment the righteous will be physically raised from the dead to live and reign with Christ forever and that the wicked will be physically raised from the dead to eternal separation from God’s presence. (1Thes 4: 16, 17, John 5:28, 29, Rev 22:12)
I believe that the Christian Life will be characterized by spiritual growth and sanctification with the evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. (2 Pet 1:5-7) I believe that without constant instruction and study of the Word, that the believer will become stagnant, and unproductive. I believe that the body of believers is a necessary and integral part of a believer’s walk. I believe that we as a body are responsible for developing new believers, encouraging each other, and corporately as a body to lift up petitions to the Father for each occasion including but not limited to spiritual warfare, and physical healing.
My personal desire is to lead a positively focused community of believers who will participate in dynamic and relevant worship, develop productive relationships and care for the needs of people, discover and prepare for our ministry opportunities, and reach a new generation with the Gospel of Christ.
Philosophy of Ministry Statements
1. The Bible is the basis and final authority for our practices and ministries. (II Timothy
3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12)
2. The purpose of every activity or program in the church must seek to fulfill our vision
statement. All ministries of the church, therefore, should be evaluated by their effectiveness in accomplishing that vision. Each ministry should have a purpose
statement consistent with the vision statement. (Proverbs 29:18)
3. It will at times be necessary to have an intentional strategy to accomplish each aspect of that vision.
4. That the church is committed to the belief that the structure must enable and facilitate ministry, not hinder it. We must be free therefore to modify our programming according to it’s current needs and leading of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 16:6-10)
5. The church should agree that godliness should be the chief characteristic of all Christians and that consistent personal prayer and Bible study must be demonstrated in a visible way. The church should be committed, therefore, to disciplining it’s members when there is an obvious public discrepancy between their personal testimony and their personal confession of faith in Christ. (Proverbs 27:5; Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-4; Ephesians 5:25-30; Revelation 2:20-25; I Timothy 6:20, I Peter 1:15-16)
6. That the church be committed to the godliness of our leadership. That those who
aspire to leadership positions in the church are held to a higher standard and must
not only characterize the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5) but must also bear fruit of
ministry (John 15). Further, that leadership in the church was designed and
ordained by God and that church leaders have the responsibility to manage the affairs
of the church while being held accountable for their actions by each other and the
congregation as a whole. The congregation is responsible to pray for, encourage and
support the leadership that God has chosen to lead His Church. (Hebrews 13:7; I
Timothy 5:17 and Acts 14:23)
7. The church should hold that true Christian fellowship (koinonia) must incorporate the person of Christ into every activity referred to as “fellowship.” Sharing discussions, feelings, and thoughts about a person’s relationship with God distinguishes Biblical koinonia from secular social gatherings. (Hebrews 10:24-25; I Thessalonians 5:11; Acts 2:42)
8. The church should recognize the crucial importance of the family unit and design ministries that will seek to strengthen and encourage strong and healthy families. (Ephesians 5:21-6:4)
9. The church’s Evangelistic efforts should primarily take place in the community at large through both corporate and individual means. That the church body will gather for worship and equipping ministries and scatter for outreach. Sunday worship services, therefore, should primarily be designed for the body of Christ but should be sensitive to seekers. (Matthew 28:19-20; Colossians 3:16-17; Hebrews 10:25)
10. I hold and believe every true Christian is a minister and the church should seek the development and deployment of each person’s spiritual gifts to be used in a way that is consistent with their strengths, temperaments, and passions. New ministries, therefore, should be initiated as the Lord provides members with the vision and willingness to carry them out. (I Corinthians 12:4-31; I Peter 2:5)
11. The church as a body of believers and as followers of Christ has been called to be the salt and light of the world. This is not only true in an evangelistic sense but also in the social context as we seek to stand for Christ in all facets of society. (Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 4:5-6; Titus 2:7).