We believe the Bible is inerrant and sufficient for all matters of faith and practice. We believe the Bible is our foundational guide for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We will continue to strive to preach and teach the entire counsel of God, our worship being God-centered (not man-centered), with an emphasis on:
- Promoting Family Discipleship. Members of the body, being governed by the Word of God, are to impress a love of God on our children’s hearts, with the goal that they go further and deeper in their faith, knowledge and love for Jesus Christ than previous generations before them. Men are to sacrificially love their wives and wash them with the Word (Eph. 5:25-26; 1 Pet. 3:7). Fathers are to be the spiritual leader of the family (Eph. 5:22-23; Deut. 6:6-7).
- Upholding a Biblical view of the local church. The church exists to equip the saints (Eph. 4:12-16) for the common good (1 Cor. 12:7), to teach Biblical doctrine (Acts 2:42), to foster genuine fellowship (Rom. 12:10; 1 Thes. 5:11) to stir one another up to love and good works (Heb. 10:24-25), to encourage one another to serve each other (1 Pet. 4:10; Gal. 5:13; Jn. 13:14) to observe the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:23-26) and to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4; James 5:16). These are mutual qualities to be exercised in the body for the building up of itself in love (Eph. 4:16).
“We have to be a church that is, in some ways, repulsive to the world because of authentic holiness and yet very attractive to the world because of our love and care.” ~Dr. Erwin Lutzer
- Upholding a Biblical view of marriage and children. In Genesis 2:18 the Lord God tells us plainly, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” In Proverbs 18:22 we are told that “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” Likewise, the Word of God tells us to be fruitful (Gen. 1:28) and teaches us that children are a heritage and a reward from Him (Ps. 127:3-5). God wants to sanctify us through marriage as we strive to raise godly offspring (Malachi 2:15). We also recognize that God has given to some the gift of singleness in order to devote themselves more fully to the Lord’s affairs (1 Cor. 7:1-8).
- Upholding a Biblical work ethic. Scripture teaches us to do all things with all our heart, “as to the Lord and not to men.” Proverbs 14:23 teaches that in “all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” We are warned about the consequences of not providing for our own families and laziness. (1 Tim. 5:8; Prov. 6:10-12; Prov. 12:24)
- Upholding the cultural mandate. Genesis 1:28 commands us to be fruitful, increase, fill, subdue and rule. These five commands reveal our most basic human responsibilities.
“We are to take all the potentialities of this world, all of its spheres and institutions, and bring them all to the glory of God. We are to use this world to the glory of God. We are to bring it and surrender it at the foot of the cross. In every aspect of the world, we are to bring glory to God and this means in all of the institutions of the world.” ~Dr. D. James Kennedy