Doctrine of the Church 

We believe that the Church is the instrument of God in the earth to extend God’s kingdom and God’s purposes.
 
It is the sacred duty of every believer to identify ourselves with the visible Church of Christ. Believers are to be committed to and actively involved in a specific local church to realize their full potential in Christ, to become mature in their personal growth and to find full release and expression in the ministry that God has given them in the body of Christ.

(See Acts 16:5; Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:10-12; Hebrews 10:25)
 
  • God has set the five-fold ascension ministry-gifts in the church of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher.  (Ephesians 4:9-16)
 
  • The Bible identifies three areas of government in society: the home, civil, and the church. Without government, structure or, order there is chaos, lawlessness, anarchy and disorder. We believe that every local church is autonomous and self governed by a biblically qualified team of elders, headed up by a senior pastor or set man. (See Hebrews 13:7,17; 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1, Acts 12:17; 15:19; 20:28; 21:18)
 
  • The nine-fold fruit of the Spirit is the evidence of the Divine nature and character, and should be in every believer’s life.  (Galatians 5:22-23)
 
  • The nine gifts are operations of the Spirit and reveal the attributes and power of God in the church and are given to the members of the Body as He wills, and are still for the Church today.  (1 Corinthians 12:1-13)
 
  • Every believer is a member of the Body of Christ in particular and is called to function and operate in the Body where the Lord has placed him.  Every believer is to find his place in the Local Church.  (1 Corinthians 12)     
 
  • We believe that the method ordained of God for the support of the ministry and the furtherance of the gospel is by giving tithes and free-will offerings.  (See Malachi 3:10, 2 Corinthians 9:7; Genesis 14:20; Matthew 23:23; Hebrews 7:1-4; Numbers 18)
 
  • We believe that the Lord’s Supper, or Table of the Lord, is a sacrament of grace for all believers.  (1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
 
  • The Lord’s purpose concerning the Church will be fulfilled and He will present to Himself a glorious Church, a perfect Church without spot, or blemish, or wrinkle, or any such thing.  The Church will be a victorious Church and a suitable bride to be married to Christ.  (See Matthew 16:18-19; 2 Corinthians 11:1-3; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 12; Revelation 19:7-9)
 
  • All who are added to the Church should continue steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine, in fellowship, in breaking of bread and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)
 
  • The Church should maintain the Divine standard of Christian life, taking care of the   flock of God, by caring, feeding, teaching, preaching, exhorting and disciplining its members. (See 1 Timothy; 2 Timothy; Titus; Acts 20:20-28