Our goal is to use the New Testament as our model and template for church life. We appreciate and value the various streams in the body of Christ as well as our own church history but the New Testament is our primary guide for church governance and life. We take a clear stand on the full authority and inspiration of Scripture to guide us.
From the New Testament we see that the primary focus of the church is on the centrality of Jesus and his commission for us to reach the lost in the world around us.
The New Testament scriptures teach the importance of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience subsequent to salvation that is available to each believer. We believe all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available for the believer today. We believe, for instance, that the gift of tongues is for everyone, but is not the only evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We desire to see all believers receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and be taught how to exercise spiritual gifts in their lives.
The healing presence of Jesus describes the early church and is also a strong value and blessing that characterizes our church today.
Following are some other New Testament values that we emphasize. This is not an exhaustive list but reflect some of our history and approach to scripture and church life.
- A church built on Jesus Christ (I Cor. 3:11, Matt. 16:16-18)
- Authority of the Scriptures (II. Tim. 3:16, II Peter 1:21)
- The primacy of the New Testament (Matt. 5, Heb. 1:1-3)
- Believers’ water baptism (Mark 16:16, Matt. 28:19)
- The priesthood of all believers (I Peter 2:5-9, II Cor. 3:6)
- A strong commitment to evangelism (Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8)
- Discipleship in daily living (Matt. 16:24-25, Matt. 7:24)
- Discipline with compassion (Matt. 18:15-18, I Cor. 5:1-5)
- Living simply (Matt. 6:19-21, I Tim. 6:6-7)
- The church independent of the state (Acts 4:18-19, Rom. 13:6-7)
- Embracing the power and sufferings of Christ (Philp. 3:10, I Peter 2:20-21)
- Living a lifestyle of love and peace (Rom. 12:14-21, Matt. 5:38-42)