We believe in the uncompromising authority of the Bible. It is God’s reliable communication to people and is without error. The word of God is the truth that judges all other claims to truth. It represents the culture of the Kingdom of God and judges every human culture by its standards of eternal truth. All believers should base their lives on its truth.
Matthew 4: 4; Matthew 6: 33; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15,16; Psalm 119: 89, 160
We believe family is the heart of the church. Marriage between a man and a woman is the closest human comparison to Christ’s love for His church. Children are a gift and a vital part of church life. The husband is the spiritual head of the home just as Christ is the Head of the church which is His body. The husband’s headship is expressed in servant leadership, where the husband loves his wife and the wife respects the husband’s authority.
Ephesians 5: 21 – 6:24; Matthew 19: 13-15; Colossians 3: 18-21
We are a family, not an institution, which we believe works by building relationally. These relationships, through Christ, release the flow of life for the health and strength of the whole body. God has designed that every body(natural & spiritual) grow to maturity. We believe maturity in Christ is released through an understanding of “spiritual sonship”. (Hebrews 3:8; Romans 8:14-17).
We also believe that relationship involves accountability. Everyone, including leaders, needs to have their lives open to some others. This way we disciple one another, building up each other in the love of Christ. This avoids the independence that often leads to issues in our lives not being addressed. We believe God’s desire for every individual, and the whole body of Christ, is to grow into and reflect the very nature and character of Christ its Head.
1 Corinthians 12: 12-26; Ephesians 4: 1-16, 5:21; 1 Timothy 1:5
We believe the church is God’s instrument to release the kingdom of God on earth. To this end we believe that God has given to the Church (universal) gifts in the form of the offices of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for the equipping of God’s people for the works of service, for the building up of the body of Christ. The apostles and prophets, with Christ as the chief cornerstone, are the foundation layers of this spiritual body. Locally, the church is led by a team of elders, appointed by God, confirmed by apostolic oversight and affirmed by the people. Elders lead by example and servant hood.
Ephesians 2:20, 4:11-13; Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 3: 1-7; Titus 1:7-9; 1Peter 5:1-4
Life in the Spirit:
The church is not a building but a people in whom God dwells through His Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s desire is to build the character of Jesus Christ into our lives. The more He builds His character into us, the more He can use us. Christ-like character is more important than natural talent or ministry gifting. However, the Holy Spirit does give supernatural gifts, empowering His people to build up Christ’s body and advance God’s kingdom.
1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 1:17, 2:19-22; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 3:18
The church exists not just to serve itself, but to serve others. Jesus commanded us to show His love to the world around us, regardless of its response. We can do this in various ways: sharing the good news of Christ‘s message (the Gospel) with others, praying for them and helping them practically. We cannot help everyone, but we can help those whom the Lord sets before us.
Luke 10: 25-37; 1Tim. 1:5