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What to expect when attending

The following principles are not unique to us but practiced in their entirety do often distinguish us from many other modern churches.

  1. We believe in the expository teaching of the whole Word of God
    Therefore, our worship services are primarily structured around verse-by-verse expository teaching from the Bible. This type of teaching focuses on the text or passage of Scripture and seeks to properly interpret and explain what the Bible means by what it says as well as discover proper personal application of the scriptures. We believe that this type of teaching is the most productive way to make true disciples of the Lord and grow mature believers in Christ.
  2. We believe the Book of Acts represents “normal” Christianity.
    Therefore, we seek to pattern our lives and ministry after that modeled by the early church, as revealed in the book of Acts.

    • Our Missions & Means: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
    • Our Lifestyle: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship (koinonia), to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)
    • Our Growth: “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)
  3. We believe in pastoral leadership as the truest biblical pattern for church government.
    Elders under the leadership of the Senior Pastor, are primarily responsible for the Spiritual oversight of the church.We believe that everyone and every church should be in submission to others. Therefore we have a Board of Directors made up of our Pastor and Pastors from outside our fellowship that receive no monetary compensation and are objective in the oversight of the governmental and fiscal matters of the church.
  4. We believe that the worship of God should be . . .
    • Spiritual, therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship
    • Inspirational, therefore, we give a great place to music in our worship
    • Intelligent, therefore, our services are designed, with great emphasis upon teaching the Word of God, that He might instruct us how He should be worshipped
    • Fruitful, therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have truly been worshipping Him.
  5. We believe in balance regarding the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
    Therefore, we consider ourselves to be neither charismatic nor non-charismatic. We believe that all the gifts of the Spirit are available and operational in the life of believers and often reveal to power of God to those who need to come to God. But in church services or fellowships should only be publicly exercised under the guidelines found in 1 Corinthians 12-14, and by the leading of the Holy Spirit through the Pastoral leadership.
  6. We believe that our ministry should be simple and sincere.
    Therefore, we seek to imitate the testimony of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians: “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have behaved in the world, and more abundantly toward you.” (2 Corinthians 1:12)Therefore, our services are conducted in a relaxed, comfortable and normal style. Human efforts to coerce or manipulate a response are contrary to the gentle and personal nature of the true ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  7. We believe we are only one member of the body of Christ.
    Therefore, we can rightly be classified as nondenominational. “Denominationalism” is an attempt to draw a line of exclusivity around Christ. No such line can honestly be drawn. We have our distinctive (as the hand is distinct from the foot). And, we have our role that may differ from other parts of the body, but we are still only a part.
  8. We believe in both the sovereignty of God and mankind’s free will/choice.
    Therefore, we resist the extreme positions of hyper-Calvinism and/or hyper-Arminianism. We feel that both try to force a conclusion that disregards a Biblical balance. The believer in Christ is both secure in his faith and responsible to live a life of faith.
  9. We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
    Therefore, doctrinally, we are Pre-Tribulation and Pre-Millennial in our interpretation of Last Day’s prophecy. Consistent with this position, we believe there is no sign or condition that must be fulfilled before Christ’s imminent, visible, bodily return.
  10. We believe that healthy sheep beget healthy sheep.
    In keeping with this purpose, we seek to win the lost, disciple the saved and encourage the faithful. We believe that if we take care of our “depth,” God will take care of our “breadth.” The purpose of the church is not numerical growth, but spiritual growth. The only strategy we have for our ministry is to “feed the flock of God.” (John 21:12; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2).