What We Believe
What We Believe
The Bible, as originally given to man, is the Word of God, accurate in showing us what to believe and reliable in telling us how to live. It reveals the one and only God, a sovereign Lord who is Father, Son, and Spirit. It is through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, that we can be forgiven of our sin and live in Heaven forever. Truly believing these things will transform us continually into holy, loving, and effective people for the cause of Christ.
This Ministry has Several Key Factors
We advocate open worship through the active participation of all people present in gatherings. We believe when people are forbidden audible, public worship, they and God are both robbed of a rich and intimate experience.
We advocate open sharing by all people in the gathering. We believe “traditional services”, in which all communication is pre-planned and centralized at the pulpit, prevents believers from sharing fully in each other's lives and in the life of the congregation. Serving God is to be participatory, not merely a spectator event.
We advocate open ministry whereby each person in the gathering participates in the ministry he or she is called to, whether within the gathering or outside of it. We believe the “traditional church” in its present form fails to support and back each of its members in ministry, which interferes with the Holy Spirit-led use of gifts and talents in ministry.
We advocate that the church should return to Biblical patterns of meeting. We believe the church has left the Scriptural ways of gathering as seen in Acts 2:44-47, 1 Cor 12:4-7, 1 Cor 12:27-30, 1 Cor 14:26-33, and Eph 4:3-16, among others.
The Church is the whole body of Christ, and must not be divided.
Everyone related to God, by faith is a member of equal standing in His family. In Him there is neither male nor female, Jew nor Gentile, clergy nor laity, but rather one royal priesthood. God gives us different gifts and tasks not to divide us, but to bring us together more tightly. When a fellowship gathers for worship or sharing, 1 Cor. 14:26 says that it's OK for each person to contribute something. That means everyone has as much right to participate as anyone else, addressing God or the saints.
When your group meets for worship or sharing, 1 Cor 14:26 says that it is OK for each person to contribute something. That means you have as much right to participate as anyone, addressing God or the saints. (But no matter what views you hold on church patterns and traditions, you have no right to split-up a congregation over those views.)