Who We Are
We are who our Heavenly Father says we are; we are ambassadors, ministers, and bondservants of Christ Jesus. We agree unconditionally with God’s Word in the Holy Scriptures, even when we don’t like it. If the Word of God shatters cherished beliefs then we are willing to be shattered, no matter how painful it is. God’s truth is more important to us than personal belief, and loyalty to that truth more important than loyalty to traditions and the commandments of men.
What we believe
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is profitable for correction, reproof, and instruction in righteousness. (See 2 Timothy 3:16.)
We believe that Jesus is the eternal, self-existent God and is not a created being. Even though He is fully God, He took upon Himself the form of a man to live and die for our sins.
We believe that the penalty for man’s sin was paid on the cross of Calvary in Jesus’ death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). By believing on Jesus Christ and accepting the grace of His shed blood, we receive the gift of eternal life. “Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:9).
Because we love Jesus for His sacrificial death, we want to obey Him as he commands in John 14:15. We are not saved by our works. But, because we are saved, we choose to keep His commandments as the guide for successful living.
We believe that prophecy reveals Jesus is coming again very soon. (See Matthew 24:32-51.)
What kind of ministry do we have? Well, it’s not our ministry, it’s Christ’s ministry. We don’t do anything in and of ourselves; it’s all done through Him. It’s not a private ministry like most of the ministries out there, which are done for “filthy lucre’s sake” (Titus 1:11). We do not preach a “health and wealth gospel” either. Rather we are here for the churched and the un-church, the rich and poor, those who feel like life as left them behind and those who feels blessed in the life and would like to help someone; it is our mission to bring people together to help each other.
What school (seminary) did we go to, and what degrees do we have? Well, there’s only one school mentioned in scripture, and that was a school of a tyrant (Acts 19:9). And a “degree” is a Masonic concept, not a scriptural one. Our response to this inquiry is this: in John 7:14-16, the same question was asked among those to whom Christ Jesus was preaching. Notice that Jesus did not attend any school of human understanding but rather of the Word of God.
John 7:14-16, “…Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, my doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.”
The Jewish learning consisted in the knowledge of their own scriptures, and the traditions of their elders. In this learning our blessed Lord excelled. As these branches of learning were taught at the Jewish schools, and our Lord had never attended there, they were astonished to find him excelling in that sort of learning, of which they themselves professed to be the sole teachers. These rulers knew well enough that He had not studied under any human teacher–an important admission against ancient and modern attempts to trace our Lord’s wisdom to human sources. He has never been instructed by doctors of the law. The Jews taught their law and tradition in celebrated schools. As Jesus had not been instructed in those schools, they were amazed at his learning.
This is not an argument against education, but it takes more than education to make a real man.
Our brother Paul says “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5). We are not at all concerned about certificates of recognition from “recognized” seminaries. Having a certificate does not mean that one is more qualified than one who knows the same thing (or more) without a certificate. In the end it is the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding given by God and how we apply it, which qualifies us – not a piece of paper saying “I passed the test of men.”
Proud men of degrees are, too often, a detriment to Christ and His assembly, because they introduce leaven into God’s Word, so as to make it more palatable. God’s Word has largely been lost to those who continue to partake of modern watered-down Christianity. So, if you are a proud man of degrees and schooling, know that God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11), and therefore, your degrees mean nothing to Him, and mean nothing to His servants. What is written on your heart and in your mind is more important than what’s written on a man-made document.
We fall into error when we praise men for their adherence to the ways of God, rather than praise God for the work he does in and through men.