About Us: Our Mission
Be like Christ
"Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked."
- 1 John 2:6 (ESV)
"It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master."
- Mat. 10:25
Being a Christian means more than simply calling yourself one, it means that we behave like Christ would. The way we think, the way we speak and the way we act should resemble the way Jesus would do it if he were making those decisions for us. We should find ourselves busy in the type of ministry He involved Himself in while on earth. As much as is humanly possible, we are called to be like Jesus.
Submission to His Will.
We believe the Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God. Therefore we look to the scriptures (rather than the traditions of man) as our guide. We learn from the examples given by the first century church. A man who was healed of his blindness correctly said:
"...we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him."
- John 9:31
The writer of the book of Hebrews told us that Jesus:
"...became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him"
- Hebrews. 5:9
Paul warned the Thessalonians that God would take:
"...vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
- 2 Thessalonians 1:8
And Paul further warned the Corinthians "not to think beyond what is written" (1 Corinthians 4:6) in the scriptures. In other words if we believe, teach or practice anything we need clear Bible authority that sets a precedent for doing such a thing.
Clearly, if we want to be saved and be considered faithful by Christ we must do what He requires of us...nothing more, nothing less. This is the church we are striving to be...a church that has gone back to restore long forgotten Bible principles and to live by them while being careful to practice liberty in areas where God has not spoken.
In brief, we look to the Bible as our guide for all that we believe, teach and do. By using the Bible as our only guide, this is the only way that man can ever hope to achieve the unity Christ demands of us as believers. We hope and pray that you will consider joining us.
We believe every person, regardless of who they are has immense value in the eyes of God.
Our Ministry: Edification
To "edify" means to instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually. One thing that distinguishes God's people from all others is their desire to encourage and motivate one another to become stronger, better people today than they were yesterday. And we become better at them by practicing them. If you are a part of our congregation, we want you to become the best version of you that you can be and your relationship with God as strong as ever.
Our Ministry: Evangelism
Whereas edification involves looking inward at the congregation, encouraging one another to become stronger, evangelism looks outward. Not only do we care about one another, but we also care about those who don't know Christ...people who are lost and struggling in sin. Just like the parable Jesus told about the good shepherd that left 99 of his sheep to seek and to save one that was lost, we are looking for people who recognize that life, without Christ...life lost in a struggle with sin is no life at all. Regardless of your past, we want to help, even if that means nothing more than being a friend you can count on. We want others to know and understand the blessings that come from having freedom in Christ.
Our Ministry: Benevolence
What set the early church apart from others was how they loved others. In Matthew 25 Jesus describes how His disciples would care for those who are less fortunate than we are. He described them as caring for the poor, the homeless, those sick and in prison. He described them giving water to the thirsty and food to the hungry. In a world full of others in need, the call of the Christian is to support those who are week, giving preference or priority to those who share our faith (Gal. 6:10).