What We Believe
In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.
The Bible serves as our only authority in matters of faith and practice. Only that which is expressly taught in the Scriptures can be made conditions of fellowship and obligation. While we do not hesitate to teach sound doctrine, and the “whole will of God” (Titus 2:1, Acts 20:27), we have no formal man-made creed to which members are required to subscribe.
Because we seek to restore the unity of the early church, we do not take “official” positions on many of the issues that tend to divide Christians unnecessarily. In disputable areas where we hold convictions that cause disagreement, we are free to do so graciously (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22; 1 Corinthians 13:2).
What were the essential, unifying beliefs of the early church?The Apostle Paul outlines the foundations of our “oneness”:
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:3-6
One Father – He is our Creator, Ruler and Provider, who has revealed Himself and His will in His authoritative Word—the Bible.
One Lord – Jesus is God, the Son—fully divine and fully human. He is the sinless Christ (the Messiah sent to be Savior), who died for our sins and rose from the dead, resulting in humanity’s salvation, and now reigns from heaven as our mediator.
One Spirit – The Holy Spirit is God drawing sinners to Christ, living in the Christian to produce Christ-like character, and empowering us for service.
One Faith – Disobedience to God’s laws result in spiritual and eternal separation from God. The Gospel is the Good News of salvation offered by grace, received through faith, demonstrated in repentance and baptism, and lived out with the evidence of holiness and good works.
One Baptism – The biblical occasion of immersion in water for identifying believers with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.
We believe that Christ is the head of the church which is His representation in the world today, and is composed of all who have experienced salvation. (John 17:20-21, Acts 2, Romans 7:4,1 Corinthians 1:2-10)
One Body – The Church is the Body of Christ, whose members live under the New Covenant, gather to worship and build up one another, and carry out His mission to make disciples.
One Hope – Jesus Christ will one day return to resurrect and judge the dead, and the Church will enjoy His presence forever.