Challenging and equipping the church to instill a passion for the gospel in the next generation
Our ministry is guided by five distinctives . . .
Through the faithful exposition of God’s word, believers are able to see the picture of God’s glorious redemption and the bigger picture of the gospel for their lives.
Christ is the center and motivation for living. Everything we do must revolve around him and His sovereign will for our lives. The gospel is not a one-time act but encompasses all of life for the believer. Our pleasure is to be found in the pursuit of God’s glory.
God’s design for the local church is to equip families “for every good work”. Through humble leadership and faithful exposition of God’s word, family leadership is not left without supports. Here is the accountability and encouragement needed to spur fellow believers in their walk with Christ. Our aim is not to pull away but to build the local church across the world: “That they may be thoroughly furnished unto every good work.”
We are attached to a local church, which encourages and support us. One of our elders sits on the board of directors. His wise leadership solidifies our aim to equip the local church. [1 Tim. 3:14-15; 1 Cor. 12; Gal. 6:1-6]
Families must be founded on the word of God and lead by fathers who model it before them. The father and his wife must equip their children to be mighty in spirit then release them like arrows into the culture with the life-changing message of the gospel. This burden is foundational to strong churches and societies. [Eph. 6:14]
We must raise up the foundation of a godly heritage. It begins long before an individual is married. A mature Christian adult must have Christ as the center of His life and a burden for the next generation that burns within him. This is a driving force as he or she marries and raises their family to have a passion for Christ and live for the glory of God alone. [Deut. 6:6-9; Ps. 78:4-8]
Compelled by the New Testament mandate to “go . . . and teach all nations”, we seek to think beyond our backyard. Currently, we partner with Global Encounters traveling the globe equipping leaders of local churches to better reach their culture with the gospel.
Our resources and ministry are founded on XI core convictions . . .
I. The Authority and Sufficiency of the Christian Scriptures
In a world of subjectivity and relativity, we hold to the objective truth of the Christian Scriptures in which God has revealed Himself and His will. “The Bible is the sole written divine revelation and alone can bind the conscience of the believer absolutely.” —TABLETALK Magazine; March 2014). The Bible is not only inerrant but totally sufficient for teaching regarding salvation, sanctification, and the spiritual needs of humans.
II. Biblical Exposition
Exposition is the proclamation and/or teaching of a text of Scripture in its Biblical and historical context based on sound inductive exegetical study and with a view to sound Biblical application. We see the exposition of the Scriptures as the primary method for faithful proclamation and instruction.
III. The Centrality of the Gospel
The importance of the Gospel message is such that if we get the Gospel wrong, nothing else matters. We state the Gospel this way: Christ died for hopelessly lost and sinful humans, and all who turn from their sins and look to Jesus by grace and faith alone are saved from God’s just wrath and given eternal life in Christ. We reject all efforts to take from or add to the person and work of Christ.
IV. Christ Not a System
Since many religious systems have come and gone and many have claimed to be the way of salvation or the only way to know and follow Christian truth, it must be understood that Christianity is about the person and work of Christ as revealed in the Bible. The New Testament writers resisted all attempts to relegate either salvation or sanctification to any religious system.
V. Doctrinal Clarity
Biblical doctrinal clarity is essential to the health and survival of Christ’s church and for those who claim to know and minister Christ in any sense. Historical doctrinal statements issued by the church at large have been helpful as benchmarks for doctrinal integrity and clarity (e.g. The Westminster Confession, the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, The Fundamentals). Efforts to minimize or discount Biblical orthodoxy are dangerous to the life of the church and treacherous to the spiritually weak.
VI. The Biblical Place and Authority of the Local Church
The New Testament writers affirmed the significance of the local church by referring to it as the Bride of Christ and the Body of Christ. The New Testament knows no other such body whose responsibilities are to evangelize, disciple, oversee, build up, and discipline the people of God. Para church organizations are not forbidden, but their existence and activity are justified only inasmuch as they actively and literally attach themselves to and involve themselves in the life and ministry of the church.
VII. Church and Family Union
Recent developments in the Christian community have seen a rejection of or at least disinterest in organized religion. In particular, there has been a move among some to pit the interest of the home against the church. However, the New Testament makes it clear that the church and home have unquestionable interests in the health and growth of one another having mutual responsibilities to one another, a mutual dependence upon one another, and a mutual hope in Christ and one another’s success. This is seen throughout the New Testament and in particular in the Pastoral Epistles.
VIII. Biblical Family Structure
We hold to what has come to be called complimentarianism. The Bible makes it clear that gender roles are different but of equal value in the economy of God. God’s design of men and women is significant in the assigning of these roles. Leadership in the Scriptures in general and in the New Testament in particular, is male. Single parent families may require something other than the Biblical norm, but the male leadership of the church should be there for support and council. The man is the earthly head of his home who is to lovingly lead his wife and train his children as the wife compliments his leadership with wise, loving, and helpful submission.
IX. Biblical Heterosexuality
God designed humans: male and female. He designed the sexual relationship for males and females in marriage. In the confines of Biblical marriage, the sexual or “one flesh” relationship is designed for procreation and pleasure. Same sex relationships are not recognized as valid expressions of Biblical sexuality and are sinful in much the same way as premarital and extramarital sexual relationships. We will be faithful in our commitment to the Biblical design for sexuality and compassionate in our response to those who reject it.
X. Global Outreach
We are committed to the spread of the Gospel to the whole world through the ministry of our own local church and the ministry God has given us as He gives grace. God is bringing the nations to His Son and is calling to Himself a people for whom Christ died. We will use any Biblical means to evangelize including personal witnessing, Gospel preaching, and the distribution of sound Gospel literature.
XI. Generational Focus
The people of God have historically and ever shall be living and ministering “that the generations to come might know” Christ. “For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off, even as many as The Lord our God shall call.” We are committed to ministering with the next generation in view and challenging the church to do the same; to identifying and communicating those things, which we cannot fail to transfer to the next generation.