Bible as Our Sole Authority
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” 2Timothy 3:16
Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question, when faced with a decision, is “What does the Bible say?” We practice Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
Autonomy of Each Local Church
“And He is the head of the body, the church.” Colossians 1:18
Christ is the recognized head of the church-not a person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control. Each congregation determines its own strategy, structure and style.
Priesthood of Every Believer
“And has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve God and His Father–to Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever!” Revelation 1:6
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full-time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse…” Malachi 3:10
We practice tithing as an act of worship to our Savior and Lord and as an opportunity to give back a little of all that God has given us. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of living.
Baptism by Immersion
“Buried with Him in Baptism,, and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God” Colossians 2:12
We practice baptism by immersion under water–the way Jesus was baptized and the way the Bible commands.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing,” John 15:5
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. We seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s spirit to enable us to do what is right.
Telling Others About Christ
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1Peter 3:15
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God brings us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and by inviting friends to church.