Lifestyle Statement

Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following seven practices:

Bible as our sole authority.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training, in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."  2 Timothy 3: 16-17

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 daily 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; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have supremacy."  Colossians 1:18

Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating or cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.

Priesthood of every believer.
"Christ loves us, and by His death He has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve God..."  Revelation 1:61 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.

Tithing
"A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord."  Leviticus 27:30

We practice tithing for the support of Christ's Body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving. We offer Financial Peace University (FPU) classes to assist families in developing good stewardship practices.

Immersion
"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ..."  Colossians 2:12

We practice baptism by immersion under water -the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.

Spirit-led living
(Jesus said) "I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but 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. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God's Spirit to enable us to do what is right. (Philippians 2:13Ephesians 5:18)

Telling others about Christ
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."  1 Peter 3:15

It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those God brings us into contact with. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.
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