What We Believe About The Church
Like the human body with many forms and functions, the church is collectively working together to be the tangible representation of God’s redemption plan for all humanity.
We believe that God inhabits. Not only does God move, create, and heal on His own, He has also established His church as a fully functioning body, with the purpose of bringing about reconciliation, encouragement, healing, assistance, and forgiveness to both the believer and unbeliever.
The church is the local body of Christ. Established as the overall collection of believers, the purpose of the church is to serve the believer in mind, body, and spirit, as well as the unbeliever through love and giving.
The Remnant and Its Mission
At the end of time, God will call His people back to core truths. While declaring Jesus’ soon return, the remnant will profess that God is creator, the reality of the heavenly judgment, and the danger of spiritual compromise.
Unity in the Body of Christ
Throughout the Bible, Scripture uses the illustration of the human body as a picture for the body of Christ. As many members of the human body have different shapes, forms and functions, but all a part of the same body, so does the different members of the church.
The church is eclectic in colour, socio-economic status, and gifts. Some have the purpose of teaching; some hospitality. Some have the purpose of prophesying, while others may have the purpose of leading worship.
All members of the body work harmoniously together for the advancement of the mission of the kingdom of God.
Baptism symbolizes our death to our old self, and the rising to new life as our new selves. Buried under the water we show the world around us that we are dying to our old selves. Rising up out of the water we testify to the good news of God’s grace and an outward expression of our renewed life found in Christ Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper, also referred to as communion, symbolizes our acceptance of the body and blood of Jesus, spilled out for our sins by His death on the cross. Searching our hearts, we wash one another’s feet, remembering Jesus’ example of love and selfless service.
Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
From the arts to greeting and teaching to administration, the Holy Spirit has gifted all in the body of Christ with certain skill sets that are able to offer for the purpose of God’s glory and larger mission of the Church.
The Gift of Prophecy
The Holy Spirit also empowers His people with the gift of prophecy. One great example of an individual who had this gift was Ellen G. White, a founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.