Distinctives


Churches have their own personalities, just like people do.  While we share a commonality with followers of Christ everywhere, and while we are more like some churches than others, we express these views uniquely or distinctly in our particular culture.  The following may be considered our perspectives on Theology, the Bible, and Christian Living.  Practically speaking, we see our ministry as one of helping people to get an accurate perspective of God and man (Theologically Reformed), of the biblical assurance of salvation (Biblically Informed), and of the Christian life in the power of the Spirit (Spiritually Transformed).

 

Theologically REFORMED

We distinctively affirm the Christ-glorifying truths of the Reformation, including:   (1) The Five-Solas, namely that salvation is according to the Bible alone (Sola Scriptura), by Faith alone (Sola Fides), and Grace alone (Sola Gratia) , through Christ alone (Solo Christo),  to the Glory of God alone (Soli Deo Gloria); (2) The Doctrines of Grace, which describe the biblically revealed need for salvation and God’s actions in saving us; and (3) The Redemptive-Historical (or Covenantal) View of the Bible which revealed by the Bible, sees: (a) only one way of salvation, Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27; John 5:46, 8:56-58; Rom. 1:1-4) for the Church, consisting of both Old and New Testament believers from eternity past to eternity future (Eph. 2:15, 3:6; Heb. 12:23 ; Rev. 5:9, 7:9-10); and (b) that the law of Christ in the New Testament is the moral law of the Old Testament, properly interpreted and applied to believers today (1Cor. 9:21; Gal. 6:2; Matt. 5:17-19; Rom. 3:31, 13:8-10; Eph. 6:2; Jm. 2:11-12; 1 John 2:3-7).

 

Biblically INFORMED

We distinctively affirm that spiritual growth requires biblical education, and that Christians who do not read, study, and meditatively pray (think deeply upon with prayer) in accordance to the Holy Scriptures, will remain spiritually immature (1Cor. 3:1; 1Pet. 2:2; Heb. 6:12; 2Tim. 2:7), and lacking any biblical assurance that they are really saved (1John 5:13; 2Peter 1:19-21).

 

Spiritually TRANSFORMED

We distinctively affirm that the Holy Spirit has been given, as promised in the New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-34, 32:36-41; Ezek. 11:19-20, 36:22-32; Acts 2:1-47), and achieved by Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20; 1Cor. 11:25), to help us understand and apply the Word of God rightly (1Cor. 2:10-13), with Jesus Christ as the main subject, and transformation into His likeness as the goal of the Spirit, for the Glory of God (2Cor. 3:18; Col. 1:28-29; Phil. 2:13).  We believe the appropriate biblical response to God’s saving work begins with Repentance (a change of heart accomplished by the Holy Spirit), and Baptism in the Name of the Triune God (c.f. Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 8:12-13, 10:47, 18:8, 19:4-5, 8:14-17, 36-37; 1Pet. 3:21).  And that which follows, should be ever increasing  knowledge of and by God’s Son (Phil. 3:8-9; Gal. 4:9; Psalm 139:23-24) and of His sacrificial and loving Work on behalf of His Bride, the Church (Eph. 5:25-27).  The Gospel then is not only the means of initial conversion, but the ongoing meat of a Christian’s nourishment, for a life of joyful obedience for the Glory of God (Romans 1:5, 16-17; Deut. 28:47; Phil. 3:1, 4:4; 1 Pet. 1:8; Heb. 12:1-2).



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