Philosophy of Ministry

Statement of Faith 

The Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are the inspired Word of God and without error in the original writings. The Bible is the complete revelation of His Will for the salvation of men. It is the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

Psalm 19:7-10; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21

 

There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God the Father: Genesis 1:1; Psalm 19:1-3; John 14:6-13

 

Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of the God. He is now our High Priest and Advocate. In the person of the Holy Spirit, He dwells in the believer. 

God the Son:  John 17:1-5, 21-22; 1 Corinthian 15:1-8; Hebrews 1:1-3

 

The Holy Spirit is God and has a ministry to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. During this age, He works to convict, regenerate, seal, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for life and service. 

God the Holy Spirit:  Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; Acts 1:8 

 

Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost. Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. 

Genesis 1:26-30; Ephesians 2:1-22

 

The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe. Those who repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and become children of God. 

Genesis 3:15; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Revelation 3:20

 

The Church is composed of all persons who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ. They are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head.  Each local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs. 

Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-2; 1 Timothy 3:1-15

 

Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are recognized ordinances of the church, but are not as a means of salvation. We practice believer’s baptism by immersion. 

Baptism:  Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 16:30-33

The Lord’s Supper:  1 Corinthians 11:23-29

 

The return of our Lord Jesus Christ will be personal and is imminent. This has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. 

Isaiah 2:4; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18

 

There will be a bodily resurrection of the dead -- of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and eternal separation from God. 

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 


Our understanding of God’s grace is that Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners.  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.

 

Exodus 19:5-8; John 1:12-14; Ephesians 2:1-10

 

 

The first day of the week is the Lord's Day.  From Christian tradition, we see this day as being Sunday.  It is a Christian institution for regular observance.  Activities on the Lord's Day should be commensurate with the Christian's conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

 

Exodus 20:8-11; John 4:21-24; Romans 14:5-10

 

 

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His

particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King.  Particularly the

Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ.

 

Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Romans 5:17

 

 

The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the privilege of every child of God to seek to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

 

Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 6:1-8; Acts 1:8

 

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe

to Him.  According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means (time, talents, and resources) cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.

 

Malachi 3:8-12; Acts 2:44-47; 1 Peter 1:18-19

 

 

Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ's Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various groups of Christ's people.

 

Ezra 1:3-4; Matthew 10:5-15; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

 

 

Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ.  In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.

 

Deuteronomy 10:12; Micah 6:8; Galatians 3:26-28

 

 

It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In

accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put

an end to war.  The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord.

 

Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9, 38-48; Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1-2

 

 

God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and

commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church

and state should be separate.  Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends.

 

Genesis 1:27; Matthew 6:6-7, 24; Romans 6:1-2

 

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.  Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.  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. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

 

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; Deuteronomy 6:7 Joshua 24:15; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-21



 

 

 Dated: 15 February 2010

 

"But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love." ~ Psalm 33:18