“WE ARE A CONGREGATION OF BELIEVERS SEEKING TO RESTORE THE CHURCH AS SHE IS REVEALED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT!”
Slogans from the “Restoration Movement” that describes us follow:
“In Essentials Unity, In Non-essentials Liberty, In All Things Love!”
“No Creed but Christ, no names but the divine!”
“Where the Scriptures speak, where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.”
We believe that God has revealed Himself and His will to us through divinely inspired sacred Scripture, and in person through His Son, Jesus Christ. Scripture is not subject to private interpretation, but Scripture should explain Scripture. God’s Word is the absolute authority for faith and practice for the Christian life, and for the Church.
We believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three in one persons of deity. They were all involved in the creation of the universe. Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah and became the propitiation for our sins through His death on the cross and then His bodily resurrection from the dead. Jesus will return in fulfillment of prophecy to claim His Bride, the Church. The Holy Spirit indwells a born-again Christian to empower each one for living a holy life and serving in the Kingdom of God.
We believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We have freedom of choice to accept or reject the offered salvation.
We believe that salvation is the result of a series of decisions and acts of obedience that places our name in the Lambs Book of Life. Before one can become a “believer” the Gospel must be presented to them which results in faith in the message and the One the message presents as our Savior. Believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God will then be acknowledged with a confession of that truth. Godly sorrow for sin is included in a repentant attitude that will result in a change of attitude, heart and life. The ceremonial climax of our journey into faith is the sealing of our covenant with God through our experiencing baptism in water (immersion) for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Living a life of faith, service for Christ and holy conduct will result as one continues to learn so that growth in the spiritual life will result.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is observed on the first day of the week as the early church did, and it is in obedience to Jesus command to “Do this in remembrance of me!” The Lord’s Supper is a continuation of our covenant relationship resulting in salvation.
Contact us for additional explanation and Scripture references to explain our faith. Dean E. Burton, 417-335-8766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.