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Beliefs

Particulars of Practice

Government

Church business is under the government of the plurality of Elders which are a representative of the members, with open monthly meetings and an annual congregational meeting.

Acts 11:30; Acts 14:23; Acts 15:2,4,6,22-23; Acts 16:4; Acts 20:17,28; 1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-2; Titus 1:5,7; Philippians 1:1; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1.

Services

According to the direction of God's Word, utmost simplicity pervades all our services, and the freedom and freshness of the Holy Spirit's direction are ever sought. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty".

2 Corinthians 3:6-18; 1 Corinthians 2:9-13; John 4:23-24: John 17:17.

Communion

In obedience to Christ's command: "This do in remembrance of Me...", the Lord's Supper is administered to all who know Him as Savior.

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1 Corinthians 11:23-32

Baptism

We recognize and administer immersion as the Scriptural mode of water baptism to be received by the believer subsequent to the intelligent profession of faith; however, baptism is not a prerequisite for salvation.

Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:38; Acts 10:47-48

Family Dedication

In the Spirit of Ephesians 5:22 - 6:4, we encourage families by providing an opportunity to publicly dedicate themselves one to another, especially recognizing that children are a gift from God. We encourage the whole body to participate in prayer and a dedication service and recognize our corporate responsibility to the care and protection of the entire family.

Hebrews 10:24-25; Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Divine Healing

We subscribe to the fact that God heals physically according to His sovereign will, to intercessory prayer for brothers, and to the anointing and laying on of hands as outlined in James 5. Moreover, we believe that the greatest miracle of healing is the cleansing of sin and subsequent fellowship with God in an intimate way through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Since this is God's priority for every person He may, according to His sovereign will, sacrifice a person's physical well-being in order to develop his spiritual walk with Him.

Hebrews 12:6-8; Corinthians 12:7-10; Matthew 4:24; Luke 8:36

Marriage

We consider marriage to be sacred and inviolate, a picture of the union of the Lord Jesus Christ and His bride the Church. We believe men and women are joined in marriage to serve God, one another, their families, the local body, and in an expanded sense, the world. While being convinced of the sanctity of marriage, the church also realizes the rebuilding power, mercy, and grace of God. Thus as Christ, the church accepts, forgives and loves partners from broken marriages, realizing the great potential in becoming re-builders of God's foundations.

The Financial System

The finances of the church are fixed upon the faith principle and are dependent on the faithfulness of God's people in the free-will rendering of their tithes and offering as unto the Lord. Giving cheerfully that we might reach out to all men with the love that God has placed in our hearts. Worldly or unworthy methods of raising money are not permitted in any department of the work.

Matthew 6:30, 33-34; Matthew 17:20-21; Romans 10:17; Romans 14:23; 1 Corinthians 13:2, 13; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 2 Corinthians 9:5-7, 12-13; Galatians 2:20-21; Galatians 5:5-6; Ephesians 6:16, 23