- We believe that we are saved by grace through faith; and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.
- We believe that regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit, and is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
- We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs when a sinner trusts Christ as Savior, and receives Him by faith into his heart.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: the saved to everlasting life, the lost to everlasting torment.
Alone we can do so little
As long as the Christian Church is In the world, it will need money in order to accomplish its tasks. There is no shame in that; after all, even Christ himself had a treasurer (Judas Iscariot, no less!) to manage the disciples’ finances.
But, like everything else in this world, church expenses have also continued to soar. Faced with mounting debts, many congregations have increasingly emphasized tithing on the part of the membership. It only seems natural to do so, since tithing is a Biblical idea, and there have been many financial success stories as a result. One might think of the mega-churches, particularly those that make their appeals through the mass media, that seem to be awash in funds.
However, at what theological price has this outward success come? From God’s point of view, just how “successful” is a church whose members, when they hear the word “church,” immediately think of the word “tithe” instead of Christ? What happens in the process to the Gospel of God’s grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ, the doctrine upon which the Church really stands or falls? What happens to the Gospel when offerings become a matter for a pocket calculator instead of a heart that is moved by the Gospel? These questions are terribly important, because a church that does not have the Gospel has nothing at all, no matter how rich it might be.
Years of Serving the Lord
Ministries and counting