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2017-2022 Vision Plan

OBJECTIVES

To be a dynamic spiritual organization empowered by the Holy Spirit to communicate the “Good News” of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world, which is the mission of this church.  We as a body will be a worshipping fellowship, while experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing His person(s) in, God the Father; God the Son (Jesus); and God the Holy Spirit and responding in obedience to His leadership. We will strive to experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers, to help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man. We will also strive to be a church that ministers unselfishly to all persons in the community and the world in Jesus’ name. Lastly, we will seek to be a church whose purpose is to be Christ-like in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the sovereign Lordship of Christ.

PRINCIPLES OF FAITH

We affirm that the Holy Bible is God’s eternal Word and revelation to all mankind, and that it is inspired by God;  it is without error [in the original manuscripts], it is an accurate record of the history and future of mankind, and that it depicts the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Savior of all mankind, our Lord Jesus Christ, and is therefore the sole basis for our faith.

  1. Of faith in the Holy Trinity (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 6:3; Jeremiah 10:10; Psalms 90:2; Ephesians 4:6; 1 John 4:13-16 and 1 Timothy 1:17)
  1. Of the Word, or Son of God who was made man ( 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:1-3, 14; John 16:28; Acts 3:26 and John 6:69)
  1. Of the resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; and John 5:19-30)

There is one true and living God, everlasting and eternal and of infinite power, wisdom and goodness; His Son and Word in the form of Jesus whom we call the Christ; born of the Virgin Mary and whose passion bore our sins, but not ours alone, but the sins of the whole world. Who alone redeemed us by a once full and perfect sacrifice according to God’s plan from the foundations of the Earth; and did rise from the dead according to His word wherein He sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty and will come to judge both the living and the dead at the day that the Father sends Him. We regard the scriptures of the Holy Bible as authoritative in all matters of faith, practice, and principle. The ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH

We confirm that our primary purpose is the communicating the Good News, while making Disciples of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to all persons as stated in Romans 1:16-17.

We endeavor to equip and enable each individual for this purpose through the provision of opportunities of worship, education, service, and fellowship as described in Ephesians 4: 11-16.

CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ. We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and to the spreading of the gospel through all nations in accordance with Ephesians 4:1-6.   We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.   We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay. We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. 

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