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Our Beliefs

Congregational Goals.

  • To Guide each individual to put his faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and to love him with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength.(Matt. 22:37; Romans 10:9 -13)
  • To Instill a deep and living trust in the Word of God, in its authority over our lives and practice, realizing it is the basis by which we must give an account of ourselves at the judgment seat of Christ.(John 12:48; Matt. 5:17-20; II Tim. 3:15-17)
  • To guide each believer to a life of discipleship, giving total commitment to Christ, developing meaningful personal devotions and allowing the Bible to establish our priorities.(Luke 9:23-24; Matt. 6:33; John 15:3-4)
  • To help each believer discover his spiritual gift and to encourage home to exercise his gift in expressing God’s love to the members of the body of Christ.(I Cor. 12; Romans 12:3-8; Eph. 4:7-13)
  • To Train each believer to edify one another and make the church strong by sharing what God is doing in each other’s life.(Eph. 5:19; I Cor. 14:26)
  • To demonstrate our love to the Lord and our loyalty to each other by giving only a good report of each other. If a good report cannot be given, we will follow Matt. 18 in a spirit of restoring rather than exposing.(Gal. 6:1; Matt. 18:15-19)

Church Covenant.

 

We recognize Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation. We accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior, God as our Heavenly Father, and the Holy Spirit as our guide. We accept the Bible as the authoritative Word of God and believe that all Scripture is given by direct inspiration of God. We therefore base our faith, life, and practice on it’s written message. Our goal is to live according to Jesus’ teaching of love, peace, and reconciliation in all our relationships. We affirm and accept the doctrines of the Bible as expressed in the 1963 Mennonite Confession of Faith.

Recognizing the Christian’s deep need for fellowship, we will faithfully support our congregation’s life by participating in the worship experience and the discipling ministries. We will support our leaders, our brothers and sisters, and all our activities in prayer. (Hebrews 10:25; Luke 4:16)

We will carefully cultivate a personal devotional life by regular study and meditation in God’s Word combined with prayer for ourselves and others. (Psalm 1:2,3)

We pledge to live openly and lovingly with our brothers and sisters, to share their joys, problems, and concerns with a caring heart. We will always be ready for reconciliation and secure it without delay by willingly receiving and giving counsel in love, if offenses should arise. (Matthew 18)

We will take seriously Jesus’ great commission. By our daily words and life, we will testify to those around us and to the world at large of God’s saving and enabling grace. (Matthew 28:18-20)

We recognize that the things we possess are really a trust of God committed to us as His stewards, therefore, we will use them responsibly by contributing time, gifts and offerings to the ministry and mission of the church. (II Corinthians 9:6-15; Ephesians 4:28)

We believe marriage, Christian and non-Christian, is a permanent, sacred bond terminated only by death (Romans 7:2,3; Mark 10:2-10). We believe marriage problems must be dealt with redemptively. God does not sanction remarriage following divorce.

We believe that any sexual relationship outside the marriage bond is sin. Anyone involved in fornication, adultery, or homosexuality, needs to repent to stay in fellowship with the body of Christ. (I Cor. 6:9, 10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:3)

We believe the husband must diligently fulfill his role as leader in the home, modeling a Christ-like life in all relationships, loving his wife, and being sensitive to provide for the needs of each family member by God’s help. (Eph. 5)

We believe Christian men shall have short hair and not have their head covered when praying or prophesying.

We believe the wife likewise must fulfill her Biblical role and be in subjection to her husband. We believe the women’s head should be veiled when praying or prophesying as a sign of authority in light of God’s headship principle. We believe the sisters should also have long hair as taught in I Corinthians 11:1-16.

We believe that children should obey their parents in the Lord. (Ephesians 6:1)

We believe that Christians are to maintain a non conformed lifestyle that rejects the evil of the world. We will endeavor to keep our bodies clean and healthy, to find our joy in the pursuit of godliness, to wear simple, economical and modest clothing, to seek the ageless beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit rather than submitting to the standards of beauty that the world dictates such as jewelry and elaborate hair styles. We will carefully choose leisure activities that build a wholesome body, character and thought life. Recognizing the tremendous impact of television and other forms of mass media, We will allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in controlling their impact on our lives. We will refrain from practices which would grieve the Spirit and hinder our witness for Christ. (I Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 2:1-11; I Peter 3:3-5; I Timothy 2:9-10)

We believe that human life has its beginning at the time of conception and the taking of human life, whether by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or in any other circumstance is murder and is forbidden by scripture (Psalms 139:14-16; Exodus 20:13). We will avoid violence and endeavor to live at peace with all men. We will be conscientious objectors to any form of military service. We will obey the government in all areas that do not conflict with our higher loyalty to God. (Jeremiah 1:5; Ephesians 1:4-5; John 18:36; I Peter 2:21-23; Romans 13)