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Beliefs

Doctrinal Statement

Our position on major Biblical truths

 

1. We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. (II Tim. 3:16)

2. We believe there is one God eternally existent in three Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Gen.1:1, John 10:30, John 4:24)

3. We believe in the Deity of Christ (John 10:33); His Virgin Birth (Isa. 7:14, Matt.1:23, Luke 1:35); His shed blood for atonement (Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14); His bodily resurrection (John 11:25); His ascension (Acts 1:11); and His personal return to establish His kingdom on earth (Rev. 19:11-16).

4. We believe that all men are by nature sinful and lost; and that for salvation, Holy Spirit regeneration is absolutely essential. (Rom. 3:19)

5. We believe that Satan is a person and that hell is a place of eternal conscious punishment of all unsaved. (Job 1:6-7, Matt. 25:45, Rev. 20: 14-15)

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, makes believers children of God through the new birth, assuring them of Heaven, and by His indwelling enables Christians to live a Godly life. (John 16:8, I Cor. 3:16, I Cor.12:13

7. We believe that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. (Acts 13:38-39)

8. We believe in the eternal security of the believer. (John 10:28-29)

9. We believe that a New Testament Church is an organized body of baptized believers practicing Scriptural ordinances and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission. (Acts 2:41-42, 47, Matt. 28:19-20)

10. We believe that baptism is a Scriptural ordinance requiring immersion (Acts 8:38- 39) of believers only (Acts 2:41), to be administered by a New Testament Church. (Romans 6:3-5, Matt. 3:15-16)

11. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a Scriptural ordinance of the church to be partaken of by obedient Christians of like faith. (I Cor. 11:23-29)

12. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29)

Worship

Music is a gift of God given by Him as a means of worship. The Bible is God’s revelation which commands all His people to praise Him with music (Psalm 150). However, worship is not only a command to be obeyed. All Christians should worship God as an overflow of their love and devotion to Him (Psalm 103:1-5). Our worship services strive to be reverent to God for His glory.

 

While Christians may enjoy a wide variety of wholesome music in their personal lives, the Bible gives several clear purposes and principles for church music which must remain sacred and separate. The biblical purposes for church music are as follows:

  1. To bring praise to the Lord for His attributes and mighty deeds (Psalm 89:1; 148).

  2. For the teaching and admonition of the believers (1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).

  3. For the encouragement of believers (Psalm 95:1, 2; Ephesians 5:19; James 5:13).

  4. To help believers focus their attention on a worshipful attitude and lifestyle (Psalm 71:8; 1 Corinthians 14:15).

  5. For giving testimony of God’s works (Psalm 13:6; Luke 1:46-55; Exodus 15:21).

 

All the different aspects of music ministry within the church must fulfill these purposes. Biblical principles for church music are also found in God’s Word. First, the music and the texts must be biblically based and not contradictory to the Scriptures (Philippians 4:8). Music is a form of communication that conveys meaning in and of itself, even before text is added. The church must carefully evaluate what message the music is sending, and whether it is in accordance with God’s standard. Second, the presentation of music (presentations include ministry in music, congregational hymnody, etc.) must be clear and orderly executed (1 Corinthians 14:15, 26, 33).

 

The music must be balanced in its melody, harmony, and rhythm. One must not predominate over the others, detracting from the orderliness of the music. For example, many contemporary styles of music are dominated by rhythm, and are associated with worldliness and sensuality. Such music will not be used in the church service. Third, the music must edify and create harmony among believers (Ephesians 5:18-21). Fourth, the music must flow from a genuine and growing relationship with the Lord (Psalm 51). Church music must help believers learn to transfer their focus from themselves and their circumstances to God and His fullness (Psalm 119:68). The Pastor will work in coordination with the music pastor in steering music to scripturally based worship which focuses on God and not solely on emotions and vain repetition. Neither musicians nor the song is to be the focus (Psalm 100:1-2, 4; Acts 16:25).

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