WE BELIEVE IN:
THE BALANCE OF THE WORD OF GOD AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD (JOHN 1, JOHN 14, 16)
Balance between grace and truth.
An insistence upon biblical obedience in the personal and corporate life of the church. A willingness to change anything that does not conform to scripture. A belief in the operation of the five-fold office gifts in the church.
A desire to experience God in intimate fellowship and an openness to express our affection and relationship with God to those around us through worship and witness.
A passion to know God and understand His ways that leads us in pursuit of Him in spite of what people might think or say, with the Bible as our road map and the Holy Spirit as our guide.
The work and power of God, which is released and demonstrated through the Holy Spirit, is deeper than human logic. It is received and perceived by faith. However, this does not mean that it is mystical, disorderly, or controlling of people beyond their will.
God’s work on the Earth is leading toward a conclusion of human events, final judgment and eternity. The method and the mechanism of His work is constantly changing to be generationally relevant. The message remains unchanged.
2. A THEOCRATIC MODEL OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT (EPHESIANS 1:19-23)
God’s plan, as confirmed and clarified through the council of elders, and at times by the congregation.
Leadership of the congregation is not by popular vote. It is solely an obedient response to God, identified and clarified by the council of elders. Following God and fulfilling His will is the focus and primary purpose of the leadership.
3. A BALANCE OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT BETWEEN A SINGULAR HEAD AND A PLURAL ELDERSHIP (EXODUS 18, ACTS 6)
God gives direction through one person, the senior pastor. This person initiates God’s plan in both the congregation and the organization.
Unity is the result of confirmed and clarified plans, actions and direction within the elder body, and appropriately communicated to the congregation.
4. THE BALANCE AND OPERATION OF THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY (PROPHET, PASTOR, EVANGELIST, APOSTLE AND TEACHER) IN THE LOCAL CHURCH TO LEAD AND EQUIP BELIEVERS TO DO THE WORK OF MINISTRY (EPHESIANS 4)
It is the responsibility and the function of the staff to train, equip and release the members of the congregation into ministry for Jesus Christ and into ministry to people.
5. THE PRIORITY AND PREEMINENCE OF RELATIONSHIP AND CHRIST-LIKE ‘AGAPE’ LOVE ON EVERY LEVEL OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT, MINISTRY, FELLOWSHIP AND OUTREACH (1 CORINTHIANS 13, JOHN 15, JOHN 13, MATTHEW 22, 1 JOHN 3)
A comment to healthy relationships with God and man as the basis and the foundation for ministry.
Speaking the truth in love and respect to each other.
6. A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE THAT IS GOD-FOCUSED, CHARGED WITH FAITH AND AGGRESSIVE IN FULFILLING HIS WILL AND REPRESENTING HIS KINGDOM (EPHESIANS 4:3-4)
An awareness that we serve a might God who assigns to us work that is greater than we can accomplish with heroic human effort. This ensures dependence upon Him and faith is the essential ingredient for success. Our desire in all we do, both in word and deed, is to do it with excellence and diligence until we see God’s results, or are directed by the Holy Spirit to another task.
A faith that looks to God, and not our own ability or resource, to accomplish the task.
7. FULFILLING THE GREAT COMMISSION THROUGH AGGRESSIVE AND CONCENTRIC MINISTRY
To provide leadership for the church universal and society beginning in Sanford and extending to America and the world.
The work of God and His Kingdom is universal work. It is beyond the scope of one individual or group. It can only be understood in the context of the whole. Therefore, we are connected to God and His work across the world through the Body of Christ.