We firmly believe the Bible to Word of God and therefore to be inerrant and infallible. It is, therefore, worthy to be trusted in all matters of life and conduct. We gather as a local assembly in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ alone, claiming His promise that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). We have no denominational affiliation, are self-supported, and have no visible earthly head or leader, but are solely accountable to The Lord Jesus Christ who is the risen Head of the Church.
Our simplicity in gathering as a local church is laid out clearly in the New Testament, and we strive to follow this pattern in our gatherings and practices. In our meetings, you will see the Headship of Christ displayed, the priesthood of all believers practiced, a plurality in leadership exercised, the gospel of God’s grace clearly preached, a weekly remembrance of the Lord’s Supper observed, sound Scriptural principles taught, and a genuine personal interest in you and your family expressed.
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel that we preach is that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures”, that “he was buried and that he rose again on the third day according to the scriptures” (1Corinthians 15:3-4). The bible teaches that we must personally recognize and acknowledge our guiltiness before God, repent from our sin, and trust Christ as our personal Savior and Lord. We are saved from our sins when we put our personal faith in what Christ has accomplished for us, and trusting that God is, as He has said, satisfied with that work.
Here are some of the core truths that we believe, practice and teach.
- The Word of God
The Bible is inerrant, infallible and inspired. We believe the Bible is inerrant and therefore can be trusted completely. We believe the Bible to be infallible and so its promises and claims cannot fail those that rest on them. We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of Scripture; plenary, meaning that both the Old and New Testament form the full and final revelation of God to mankind. Furthermore, the Bible is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit so that the very words in the original manuscripts , not merely the thoughts, were breathed out by God. We believe that God speaks to us today through His Word (1Thessalonians 2:13, 2Timothy 3:15-17, 2Peter 1:21)
- The Person of God
The Bible teaches that there is only One God, who is unchanging, uncreated and the Creator of all things visible and invisible; an uncaused Being who is the cause of all things and for Whom are all things. The Scriptures describe him as self existent, eternal, infinite, all powerful, all knowing, all present, self sufficient and sovereign. He is loving, merciful and full of grace. At the same time, He is righteous and just. God exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; each equally divine and therefore, equally worthy of the honor. They are one in essence yet three distinct persons. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Psalm 90:2, Isaiah 40:12-31, 1John 4:10, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 3:26, Acts 5:3-4, 1John 5:20)
- Man and Sin
The Bible teaches that God created man in his own image. From the moment that man sinned against God by disobeying Him, he died spiritually. Spiritual death is nothing but separation of man from God due to sin; the result of a broken fellowship that man once enjoyed. All of humanity is born with a sinful nature that cannot in any way please God, and because of this sinful nature, man is dead spiritually with no hope of entering heaven. (Genesis 1:26-31, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 3:19-23, Ephesians 2:1, Psalm 15)
- The Lord Jesus Christ
The Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man indissolubly and mysteriously linked in One Blessed Person. As God the Son, the second person of the Blessed Godhead, He is eternal and uncreated. Yet, in His incarnation, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is God revealed in flesh and, in His own person, united both deity and humanity. The Lord Jesus Christ lived the perfect sinless life here on earth – He “knew no sin”, “He did not sin”, and “in Him is no sin”. He is the only man who ever lived or will live whose life was entirely pleasing to God, and as a result, His death on the Cross was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He died, was buried and rose from the dead on the third day, showing God’s complete satisfaction with His work, and is now seated in His rightful place at the God’s right hand. (Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 7:3, Hebrews 7:24-25, Matthew 1:18-23, John 1:1, John 1:14, John 2:19-21, Mark 16:6, Isaiah 11:1-11)
The Bible teaches that all men and women can receive forgiveness of sin and be saved from God’s judgment through faith in the Lord Christ Jesus. A person must recognize that he is a sinner, repent of his sins, and accept God’s free gift of salvation through simple faith in Christ’s atoning work on the Cross on his behalf. There is no other way to be saved. Neither is there anything that man can do to save his soul. Salvation is God’s free gracious offer that is received by simple trust in what Christ did for him on the Cross. (Acts 4:12, Romans 3:21-26, Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 1:8-9, Galatians 2:16)
- Assurance of Salvation
The Bible teaches that a saved person will never lose his salvation; believers are kept by the power of God unto salvation. The believer is assured by the Scriptures that he will never face God’s eternal judgment even if he occasionally falls into sin in life because of the unbreakable promise of God that “whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus Christ) should not perish but have everlasting life”. Furthermore, an obedient life yielded to God’s Word and His Spirit and bearing fruit strengthens his faith. (John 3:16, John 10:27-29, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30, 1Peter 1:3-5, Romans 8:14-17, 1John 1:6, 1John 2:4-6)
- The Holy Spirit
The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and with the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts individuals of sin which leads some to repentance; no one can be saved apart from His blessed work in salvation. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells all believers and believers only from the moment of conversion. The Holy Spirit glorifies Christ, teaches and guides us through the Word of God, empowers each believer to life for God, assures the believer that He is God’s child and will never perish, intercedes for the believers at all times, sanctifies and conforms the believer day by day to the image of Christ and equips every believer to build up the body of Christ. (John 14:16-17, John 16:26, John 16:7-15, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:9, 26, 1Corinthians 3:16-17, 1Corinthians 6:19, 1Corinthians 12:13, 1Corinthians 13:8, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:7, Ephesians 5:18, Titus 3:5-6, Hebrews 2:3-4, 1John 2:20, 1John 2:27, 1John 3:24)
The Bible teaches us the baptism is an ordinance that vividly describes what already took place when a person was saved. He died with Christ, he was buried with Christ and he is raised to a new life in Christ. Consequently, the old person died on the Cross and the new man has a new life obtained at salvation now ought to live solely for the purpose of serving and honoring his Lord. When the believer is immersed in the waters of baptism, it depicts that he is dead and buried with Christ. When he is brought up out of the water, it speaks of being raised to a new life; a clean slate with new goals, new desires, and new associations. This baptism by immersion is a believer’s public identification with Christ. Baptism is neither a means nor an aid to salvation; however, all believers do so in obedience to their Lord’s desire. (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12, 1Peter 3:21)
- The Lord’s Supper
The Bible teaches us that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance that symbolizes the Lord’s death. The bread and wine are easily recognizable symbols of the body and the blood of the Lord Jesus; the body in which he bore our sins away and the blood that He shed to atone for our sins. Every Sunday morning, believers gather in a simple manner around these emblems. The men, as led by the Holy Spirit, worship audibly and the women silently giving thanks to God the Father for the Son and for His sacrifice. The worship is a collective response to God’s love in the form of songs, readings and meditations from Scripture, or through prayer. While all are welcome to observe the Lord’s Supper, sharing in the bread and the wine is for baptized believers who are in the local fellowship, or visiting from a similar fellowship. This weekly observation is temporal; it is only observed till the Lord Jesus returns to take us to be with Him. (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:15-20, Acts 2:42, 1Corinthians 10:16-17, 1Corinthians 11:23-34, 1Corinthians 14:34-35)
- The Body of Christ
The Bible teaches that the all believers, whether alive or dead, are metaphorically spoken of as being part of body of Christ of which Christ is the Head. Every Christian is added to this body at the moment of conversion. A local church is simply a visible representative body of this universal body. (1Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 3:5-10, Colossians 1:18)
- The Local Church
The Bible teaches that the purpose of the local church is to glorify God and to exalt Christ. Every believer is an integral and critical part of this body. Just as every member of a physical body functions to keep the person alive and healthy, so the church. Each believer is a member; each diverse in their abilities yet work together in unison with the aim to help one another grow into and honor Christ. To this end, we meet weekly for a Bible study where we read and study the Scriptures together. We pray for one another and spiritually gifted men teach God’s Word to help all the believers grow in the things of God. At the gathering of the local church, women have their heads covered while men have their heads uncovered. The Bible teaches that, in a public gathering, the woman’s head represents the man and that the man’s head represents Christ. So, when the woman covers her head, it indicates that man’s glory is covered. Similarly, the uncovered head of the man indicates that the glory of Christ is uncovered and revealed. This ordinance tacitly teaches us the Headship of Christ in the church – that Christ and Christ alone is to be glorified in the local church. This has nothing to do with the woman being inferior to man; it simply indicates different roles ordained in God’s order. (Ephesians 4:7, Ephesians 5:23-24, 1Timothy 2:8-14, 1Corinthians 11:2-16, 1Corinthians 14:34-35, 1 Peter 3:1-7)
- Church Leadership
The Bible teaches that all believers are under the authority of the Lord Jesus. However, the Lord has entrusted the care of his flock to His under-shepherds. The Bible uses various terms for these leaders – “overseers”, “elders” and “pastors”. These are men who exhibit godliness in character and who are entrusted with the responsibility of guarding, feeding, overseeing and caring for each member of the local flock. Their primary responsibility is to teach God’s Word and to pray for the members of their local gathering. These men do so with the sober realization that they will have to give an account to the Lord Jesus for their work. The Bible teaches that there must be a plurality of elders, each accountable to one another and collectively to the Lord Jesus Himself. Each member of this oversight has equal authority in all matters pertaining to the local church. They are helped by spiritual men called deacons that care for the practical needs of the local church in addition to administering, teaching and gospel preaching as God has equipped each one. (Acts 6:1-8, Acts 14:23, Acts 20:17-38, 1Corinthians 12:4-11, Philippians 1:1, 1Timothy 3:1-13 , Titus 1:5-9, Hebrews 13:17, 1Peter 5:1-3)
- The Rapture
The Bible teaches that imminent return of Christ in the air to rapture His church, those dead and alive at His coming. The dead in Christ will be raised first and then, they who are alive. And all will have their earthly bodies changed into glorified bodies that are incorruptible. So, we shall forever be with the Lord. (1Corinthians 15:51-52, 1Thessalonians 4:13-17, Revelation 3:10)
- The Second Coming of Christ
The Bible teaches the visible return of Christ to the earth along with his raptured saints. He shall return as the triumphant King to judge those who have rejected the Gospel of God’s salvation. He shall cast all who have rejected Him into everlasting judgment in a place called Hell. Consequently, God will destroy the whole world with fire and shall create a new Heaven and a new Earth. This shall usher in the eternal state where all who are Christ’s will eternally enjoy eternal bliss in His presence and all who are in Hell will be there in eternal torment. (Isaiah 2:2-4, Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 24:4-44, Matthew 25:13, John 14:2-3, Romans 11:25, 1Corinthians 15:51-52, 1Thessalonians 4:13-17, Titus 2:13, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 20:1-6)