What do we believe?

Our distinctives

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OUR VIEW OF GOD — In all of our teaching we attempt to exalt God and His grace. We are convinced that the fundamental needs of the human heart are only satisfied through a relationship with God. God, in His gracious sovereignty, draws men and women to Himself through His Son in order to give them His life.

OUR VIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES — God has spoken through His Word. His Word is creative and life giving. In our teaching we seek to open the Scriptures in a visual way in order that we might see God, one another and ourselves more fully.

OUR VIEW OF THE CHURCH — We love the Church. Local congregations of God’s people are the context in which God speaks and the means by which He accomplishes His purposes. Healing and growth occur in our relationships with one another.

OUR VIEW OF MINISTRY — Ministry takes place through an encounter with the living Christ as revealed in His Word within the context of the Body of Christ, the Church. Ministry is not characterized by formulas and methods but rather through a spirit of submission to the Scriptures and to one another.

OUR VIEW OF MONEY
— We desire to provide teaching and materials regardless of whether churches and mission agencies can afford them or not. We seek to be responsible financial stewards but also seek to rely on God’s provision. We are deeply committed to financial integrity. We are members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an accounting firm audits our books regularly.

OUR VIEW OF OURSELVES
— We teach servanthood and attempt to live out our ministry in a spirit of servanthood. “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5)

Doctrinal Statement and Purpose

1. We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired, infallible, and only authoritative Word of God. We believe that God cleanses His people (John 15: 3), heals them (Ps.107: 20), creates new life in them (Isa. 55:10,11), and brings them encouragement and hope through the ministry of His Word. That is why ours is a ministry of preaching and teaching the Scriptures.

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that all we are and do flows out of our vision of God. We believe that God is sovereign in salvation (Eph. 1: 3-6), in ministry (Job 42:1; 2 Cor. 3:4-6) and over the lives of His people (Gen. 50: 18-21). That is why we seek to bring to His people an exalted view of God.

3. We believe in the virgin birth and the death of our Lord Jesus Christ-that He is fully God and fully man-in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that the resources of Christ are all of our hope in life, in relationships and in ministry. (Col. 1:27; John 15:5). That is the reason for our Christ-centered teaching.

4. We believe in the totally lost condition of man by nature and his need of the new birth by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that salvation is the result of God’s sovereign grace and not of man’s free will (John 1:10-11; John 6:44; Eph. 1:3-6). We also believe that in all of life and ministry we are dependent on His working in and through us. That is why we are committed to prayer as the power in ministry.

5. We believe in justification by faith apart from the works of the law (Rom.3: 21-23), and that sanctification is also a work of God’s grace as we walk in obedience before Him (Rom. 6:11-23; 8:12-14). That is why ours is a grace-oriented message.

6. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling presence (John 14:15-17) the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and serve the Lord. We believe it is through the gifts of the Holy Spirit that God’s people serve and build up one another (1 Cor.12-14; Rom. 12:1-8). That is why the work of the Spirit is a focus of our teaching.

7. We believe in the resurrection of the saved and the lost (1 Cor. 15:12-28; Rev.20: 11-15)—the saved unto eternal life and the lost to eternal judgment. That is why we call people to repentance in our teaching.

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8. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23) and in the validity of local bodies of believers called churches (as evidenced in the book of Acts and the letters to the churches). God has ordained that it is in churches where believers are to worship and fellowship and through which they may serve the Lord. That is why our ministry is committed to building up local churches, training pastors, encouraging church leaders, and advancing the work of churches through missions.

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