We believe Scripture is inspired by God as it claims to be (2 Tim. 3:16), and that God through the Holy Spirit guided the thoughts and writings of those who wrote the Bible to give us His words (2 Pet. 1:20-21). As the word of God, Scripture has the power to shape us, judge us, and strengthen us (2 Tim. 3:16-17), and so we hold it up as the only authoritative voice in religious matters.
In Majors and the Minors
We believe in trying to keep “first things first,” loving God and loving our neighbor, which Jesus taught to be the first and second greatest commandments (Matt. 22:36-40). But we also believe in striving to please God not just in a few things, but in all things: big, small, and everywhere in between (Matt. 28:20). Jesus’ example shows us that loving God will produce a life that wants to give God exactly what He has commanded in all things (John 14:31).
We believe the New Testament teaching of how to become a Christian is the only teaching that has the promises of God attached to it. Thus, like the apostles in the New Testament, we teach that salvation through Christ comes when our faith in Jesus leads us to take the step of conversion to Christ: in repentance, confession of Jesus as Lord, and baptism into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 2:37-38, Gal. 3:26-27, Col. 2:12-13). Baptism is not a work of merit (Tit. 3:5), but is the act in which God unites us with Jesus and His death (Rom. 6:3-4)
We believe the most faithful and God-honoring way to worship is by modeling our worship after the simple yet meaningful worship practices God has shown us in the New Testament. Among the practices our visitors often find to be unique: we take the Lord’s Supper together every first day of the week (Acts 20:7), and we practice congregational acappella singing (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16).
In Elders/Shepherds/Pastors as our Church Leaders
In the New Testament, Christ is the only head of His church (Eph. 1:23), and under Christ each local congregation is led by a group of elders who are responsible for spiritually shepherding that church family (Acts 14:23, Acts 20:17,28). Scripture gives the qualifications God desires to have in those who may be appointed to serve as elders (1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9).
Questions or thoughts?
We believe in constantly searching the Scriptures to make sure our beliefs and practices are pleasing to God (Acts 17:11). So, if you have any questions (or criticisms!) of our practices or teaching, we would be glad to hear from you. Perhaps we can encourage each other to follow God more closely…