Testifying to The Gospel of Grace


 THE BIBLE. We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the only infallible, authoritative written word of God. (Jer.30:2; Heb. 2:2; Rom. 4:23-25; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21.)

GOD. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:26; Ex. 20:1-5; Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 63:9-10; Matt. 3:16, 17; 28:9; Luke 3:22; John 17:3; Gal. 4:4-6).

JESUS CHRIST. We believe in the deity of Christ (Matt. 1:23; John 1:1-3), in his virgin birth (Matt. 1:18-23; Luke 1:35), in his sinless life (II Cor. 5:21; 1Pet. 1:19; 1 John 3:5), in his miracles (Mark 1:23-26; Luke 5:1-11; John 2:1-11; John 4:46-54), in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood (John 3:14-17; Heb 10:10-20), in his bodily resurrection ( Matt 28:1-6; 1 Cor 15:3-8), in his ascension to the right hand of the Father (John 20:17; Acts 1:9), and in his personal return in power and glory (Matt 24:27-31; Luke 21:27-36) to judge the living and the dead (John 5:28-29; Acts 24: 14-15).

MAN. We believe that all are born with a nature to sin (Romans 3:23, 5:12, 7:14-17; 1 John 1:10) and must be "born again" to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 19:25-26; John 3:3-8; 2 Cor 5:17; 1 Pet 1:23).

SALVATION. We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin, and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration of the person. This salvation is entirely by grace of our Lord and not of works. Works are excluded except as FRUIT of salvation (Acts 3:19, 20, Romans 4:1-5, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-10).

LOCAL CHURCH. We believe the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a Body of believers who have been baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; who are under recognized, delegated authorities; and who assemble to worship, carry forth the Great Commission, and minister as the Holy Spirit leads. We believe the local church promotes regular fellowship with other believers and a commitment to a local church with regular participation in its activities is important for personal spiritual growth (Matt 16:18; Matt 28:19, 20; John 17:11, 21:12; Acts 2:40-47; 20:28; Rom 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16, 5:22-32, I Timothy 3:15; Heb 10:25).

ORDINANCES. We believe that the two ordinances of the Church are Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

WATER BAPTISM. Immersion in water in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:15, 16, Matthew 28:19, 20, Acts 8:38, Romans 6:1-4). A symbol of identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

LORD'S SUPPER. A memorial of the death, resurrection, and Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:13-20).

HEAVEN AND HELL. We believe the Scriptures clearly set forth the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and service for the saved -- Hell for the unsaved and Heaven for the saved (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46, Luke 16:19-31, John 14:1-3, Revelation 20:11-15).

HOLY SPIRIT.  We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Trinity whose purpose in the redemption of man is to convict men of sin, regenerate the repentant believer, guide the believer into ALL truth, indwell and give gifts to believers as He wills, that they may minister as Christ would to men. We believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit recorded in I Corinthians 12:8-11 shall operate in the present day churches which yield to the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 11:13, John 7:37-39, John 14:16, 17, John 16:7-14, Acts 2:39-48). We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11) and Jesus (Acts 1:4, 5, 8) and Peter (Acts 2:38-41), was witnessed by the early disciples of Christ (Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44-47, Acts 19:1-6), and is evidenced by many present-day disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

HOLY SPIRIT. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit through which the believing Christian receives enabling to live a godly life (Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 10:44-46, 19:6).

We believe that every member of the body is important and that the Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts throughout the body as He chooses, which need to be exercised for the common good. The restraints on the exercise of spiritual gifts laid down in scripture are for the purpose of giving believers freedom to exercise gifts in an environment that is safe and orderly. (1 Cor 12:4-11, 14:26; Rom 12:4-8; Eph 4:11-13).

DIVINE HEALING. We believe that God has used doctors, medicines, and other material means for healing; but divine healing was also provided for in the Atonement (Isaiah 53:5) and may be appropriated by laying on of hands by elders (James 5:14-16), laying on of hands by the believers (Mark 16:18), by the prayer of an anointed person gifted for healing the sick (I Corinthians 12:9), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23).

PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS. We believe that each believer is a priest of the Lord (Revelation 1:6) and has direct access to the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person must believe for himself, be baptized for himself, obey for himself, and answer to his Creator for himself.

GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH. We believe that the New Testament Church should be apostolic in nature and is governed by delegated authorities. When it is deemed best for the life of the church and testimony of the Lord, these authorities may discipline, in the spirit of love, any member who departs from the doctrines set forth in the articles or whose conduct is contrary to the spirit and practice of this body.




Worship Style
Biblical Examples and Expressions of Worship

  A.) Bowing down - Gen 18:2, 24:26/ Exodus 4:31, 12:27/ 1 Chron. 29:20/ Matthew 2:11
  B.) Clapping hands - Psalm 47:1,98:8/ Isaiah 55:2
  C.) Dancing - Exodus 15:20/ Psalm 30:11, 149:3, 150:41/ Jeremiah 31:13/  2 Samuel 6:14,16
  D.) Flags - Psalm 20:5
  E.) Fall on your face - Nehemiah 8:6/ 1 Corinthians 14:25/  Job 1:20/ Revelation 1:17,   7:11, 11:16, 19:4 
  F.) Kneel - 2 Chronicles 7:3, 6:13/ Psalm 95:6/ Ezra 9:5/ Mark 15:19
  G.) Lift hands - Nehemiah 8:6/ 1 Timothy 2:8/ Psalm 63:4, 1134:2/ Hebrew 12:12 
  H.) Shout - Revelation 19:6/ Psalm 47:1, 33:3, 65:13/ Isaiah 12:6 
  I.) Sing - Psalm 32:11, 33:1,3, 57:7-8, 68:4/ 2 Chronicles 29:28,30 
  J.) Speaking in tongues -  Acts 2:11, 10:48/ 1 Corinthians 14:15 
WORSHIP DEFINITION
 (NT) "proskuneo"  - "pros" - lean towards, "kuneo" - to kiss
 (OT)"shachach" -to press body down,     to     fall prostrate
    
PRAISE (O.T.) Definitions

1.) "yadah" - to thrust out or extend hands - Psalms 76:3 / 7:17 / 9:1 / 28:7 / 30:9 / 33:2 / 2:5,11 / 43:4,5

2.)"shabach"- literally, to be loud, or to shout, to proclaim - Psalms 117:1 / 63:3,4 / 106:47 / 145:4 / 147:12

3.) "halal" - to shine, be showy, boast  - Psalms 35:18 / 56:4 / 63:5 / 145:1

4.)"tehalal"- sing halal - Psalms 33;1 / 34:1 / 33:28 / 40:3 / 48:10 / 9:4

5.)"zamar" - sing with instrument - Psalm 150
6.) "barak" - kneel in reverence - Psalm 95:6 / 34:1 / 63:4 / 16:7 / 66:8 / 96:2
  WORSHIP
Charismatics tend to be very joyful in their worship and often include exuberant singing, clapping, flag waving, hand raising and dancing in their worship services.  We do not do these things based on feelings but in obedience to biblical commands, by faith, to give glory to God.  Often as we worship by faith God rewards us with 
His presence and joy.  


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