Our beliefs are based upon the authority and completeness of the Bible as God's inspired Word.
Briefly stated, here is a summary from Chapter 8 of Romans about the purpose and activity of God – as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (a.k.a., the Trinity) – in the salvation of His people:
- God the Father is working all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose as He gradually conforms each one to the image of His Son.
- All who have turned away from their self-centered life of unbelief and are trusting in and following God's only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, are justified (declared forgiven and right with God), delivered from condemnation, and can never be separated from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
- This is because our right standing with God is not based upon our efforts or works at all. It rests exclusively upon the perfect obedience of Christ which culminated in bearing our sin away on the Cross.
- Furthermore, Jesus' own status before God of perfect righteousness is reckoned (or credited) to us through faith in Him, while He also gives us His Spirit as an undeserved and unearned gift.
- Those who are in Christ Jesus do not walk according to the flesh but the Spirit of God: the Spirit lives in them; they set their minds on the things of the Spirit; the Spirit bears witness with their spirit that they are children of God; the Spirit will raise them from the dead; and the Spirit helps them in their present weakness, as He leads them and prays for them according to the will of God.
More fully stated, we are in agreement with the affirmations and beliefs of The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God Ministries. These sites have many excellent resources for Christian discipleship and connect to other biblically-sound ministries. We also affirm the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation and the need for their reclamation within present-day evangelicalism as summarized in The Cambridge Declaration. And we encourage distinctive facets of New Covenant fellowship advocated by ministries such as NTRF and HOFCC.
"I do not think we ought to propose to be modeled unlike every sect,
but simply to be like Christ; let us neither seek nor fear a name.
I wish rather to have from every sect what every sect may have from Christ."
Anthony Norris Groves, 1833, the "father of faith missions"