Statement of Faith

Only the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired, and therefore inerrant, Word of God. The Bible is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. (Matthew 5:18; John 10:35 and 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The one true God exists in three persons- Father, Son and Holy Spirit- and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power and glory. God not only created the world but now also upholds, sustains, governs and providentially directs all that exists and He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name. (Psalm 104 and 139; Matthew 10:29-31 and 28:19; Acts 17;24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12 and 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)

Satan, originally the great and good angel Lucifer, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness, evil and unrest on earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will, at the end of the age, be cast forever into the lake of fire which was prepared for him and his angels. (Isaiah 14:10-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 12:25-29 and 25:41; John 12:31 and 16:11; Ephesians 6:10-20; Colossians 2:15; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7-9 and 20:10)

Adam was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. In consequence of his disobedience, Adam’s posterity are born subject to both imputed and inherent sin, and are therefore by nature and choice the children of wrath, justly condemned in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves or contribute in any way their acceptance with God. (Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 3:9-18 and 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3)

Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man. He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed at the cross, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 7:25, 9:13-15 and 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-15; 1 John 2:1-2)

Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. (John 1:12-13; 6:37-44 and 10:25-30; Acts 16;30-31; Romans 3-4 and 8:1-17, 31-39 and 10:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7,9)

The Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower and anoint believers for ministry and witness. Signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission. (Matthew 3:11; John 1:12-13 and 3:1-15; Acts 4:29-30; Romans 8:9 and 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14 and 5:18)

Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the Church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation, but are channels of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ. (Matthew 26:26-29 and 28:19; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Peter 3:21)

The Church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for works of ministry, God has given the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. This affirms the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. We believe that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to proclaim the Gospel and do all the works of the Kingdom. (Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18, 42; Ephesians 3:14-21 and 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5 and 9-10)

God has called the Church to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to all nations and especially to remember the poor, orphaned and widowed, ministering to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the Kingdom of God. (Isaiah 58:6-12 and 61:1; Matthew 5-7, 28:18-20; Luke 4:18 and 21:1-4; Galatians 2:10; 1 Timothy 6:8; James 1:27)

There is a literal Second Coming of Christ. He will return to Earth personally and visibly to consummate His Kingdom. There will also be a great harvest of souls in the final days before His return and the emergence of a victorious Church that will experience unprecedented unity, purity and power in the Holy Spirit. (Psalms 2:7-9 and 22:27-28; John 14:12 and 17:20-26; Romans 11:25-32; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 50-58; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 7:9-14)

When the Christian dies they pass immediately into the blessed presence of Christ, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of resurrection and glorious transformation of the body. The saved will then forever dwell in blissful fellowship with their great triune God. When the unbeliever dies they are consigned to Hell, there to await the Day of Judgment when they shall be punished with eternal, conscious and tormented separation from the presence of God in the lake of fire. (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; John 5:25-29; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:19-26 and 3:20-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-15 and 21:1-22:15)

Leadership Framework

I believe in the full expression of leadership described in the New Testament, consisting of those called by God to the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher, as well as those chosen and commissioned through the church into the offices of overseer, deacon, elder, and administration. (Ephesians 4:7-13; Acts 6:1-7; 1Timothy 3:1-13; 2 Timothy 2:2)

This leadership model is emphasized in 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 which states that the apostolic and prophetic ministry is first given to the church. By nature then, I affirm an ‘apostolic church’. The apostolic ministry is given a specific grace and anointing to release the church into mature intimacy with Jesus Christ, and by these means a deep reconciliation to God the Father. (2Corinthians 5:11-6:2 and 11:2) I do not wish to diminish any ministry in the Church, and believe that every gift and calling is important to the Lord. It is vital that we seek to emphasize and honor every good gift that the Lord bestows upon His people.

I am deeply committed to the establishment of local houses of prayer, and believe it is one of the vessels that the Lord intends to use to empower and unify His Church in this generation. I believe that unceasing prayer and worship are the greatest means of spiritual warfare and are a prerequisite for sustained revival among God’s people. Likewise, I am also committed to growing in the spiritual practices that Jesus gave to us in the ‘sermon on the mount’ (Matt 5-7). We are not to pursue these as religious practices that are an ends of themselves, but rather, we are to pursue these as the teachings of our Savior, and therefore, the best way to position ourselves to be receptive to the complete work of God in our lives. To summarize these practices, they are: Prayer, fasting, serving, giving, and forgiving.

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