What We Believe
The purpose of this ministry is summed up in the Great Commission the Lord Jesus Christ gave his disciples just before He ascended to Heaven: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
This final command of the Lord Jesus Christ is our highest priority – to preach the gospel to every creature. Acts 5:42 records that the church at Jerusalem was indeed fulfilling this purpose: “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” The early church focused their ministry efforts on reaching a lost world. We continue that effort today.
Man was created by God, in God’s image, for God’s glory, and given freedom to choose between good and evil. In the garden of Eden, Adam made a choice to turn away from God and follow Satan. That day, through the offense of one man, all men were separated from God, and from all the blessings of His divine presence.
While all are separated from God because of Adam’s sin, we do not bear responsibility for his decision. Adam acted alone. Although separation is universal, guilt is personal, based on the daily choices of the individual. God holds every person individually accountable for his own actions, inasmuch as every person has retained his free will to choose between good and evil, guided by his own conscience. When a sinner is condemned to hell, he is not condemned for the state in which he was born, but because he chose to follow evil, as did his father Adam.
Finally, we believe that all have sinned through personal choice with the exception of One. Man’s only hope of reconciliation to God is through faith in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Genesis 2:1-3:24, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12-21, Romans 9:11, I Corinthians 15:21-22, 39-58, Ezekiel 18:1-32, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Psalm 33:15
We believe that through His love for the world, God has provided one way for sinners to be cleansed from their sin, and thus delivered from impending damnation in hell. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died on a Roman cross, shedding His innocent blood as a substitute for sinners. This blood was then placed on the heavenly mercy seat before God as the final atonement for the sins of all mankind.
Any person, who turns from faith in his own dead works, to faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ will be delivered from condemnation in hell, and granted eternal life. At the moment of salvation, God imputes the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ to the sinner, translating him from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God. From that moment forward, he is no longer counted a sinner, but a saint and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ.
We furthermore believe that this salvation is completely separate from any work (past or future) of the individual, and can only be obtained through faith.