Statement of Practice

Statement of Practice

WE BELIEVE

That Christ commissioned the church to go into all the world, making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and ministering to every human need.

Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 6:56; Romans 1:16

That those who repent and believe should be baptized with water as a symbol of baptism with the Spirit, cleansing from sin, and commitment to Christ.

Matthew 28:18; Acts 2:16-21; Romans 6:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Peter 3:21

That the church should observe the communion of the Lord’s Supper as a symbol of His broken body and shed blood, and the fellowship of His church, until His return.

Luke 22:19-20: 1 Cor. 11:24,26; 5:13; 10:16-17

That washing of the saint’s feet is a symbol of brotherhood, cleansing, and service and in giving the right hand of fellowship and the Holy Kiss as a symbol of Christian love.

John 13:1-17; Romans 6:16; Galatians 2:9; 1 Timothy 5:10; Luke 22:24

That God has established unique roles for man and woman; the New testament symbols of man’s headship are to be his short hair and uncovered head while praying and prophesying, and the symbols of woman’s role are her long (uncut) hair and her veiled head. 

1 Cor 11:2-16

That mixed marriages between believers and unbelievers is unscriptural, and marriages with divorced persons with former companions living constitutes adultery.

Matthew 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-12

That anointing with oil is for restoration of the believer’s body.

James 5:14-15

That Christians are not to conform to worldly evil fashions in attire, tattoos, refrain from wearing of rings, refraining from use of tobacco, drugs and alcoholic beverages.

Romans 12:1-2; 1 Tim 2:8-9; 1Peter 3:3-4; 1 Cor 6:19-20; Lev 19:28

That we are to regard our bodies as the temples of the Holy Ghost, and crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts, that adornment should be a beauty of spirit, expressed in attire that is modest, economical, simple, and becoming to those professing Christian faith. That we seek to be scriptural in our stewardship of money and possessions, that our recreational life should be consistent with the Christian walk.

Matt 7:13-14;  Luke 9:23-26;  Rom 12:1-2;  2Cor 6:14-18

That Christians are to be open and transparent in life, ever speaking the truth, and employing no oaths. 

Matt 5:33-37;  John 18:20;  Eph 4:20-13

That Christians are to refrain from force and violence in human relations and to show Christian love to all.

Matt 5:38-48; Rom 12:18-21

That to be spiritual we need to respect, recognize each other and refrain from judging and making demands which the scriptures do not make, but that we work on the basis of true Christian brotherhood, highly esteeming one another.

Gal. 6:1; Rom. 14.

That we recognize that were sin or violation of scripture, or a persistent rebellious spirit exists, that we need to be faithful in our attitude toward sin and scriptural in our approach and procedure in dealing with it.

Matt 18:15-17;  1Cor 5:1-8; 2Tim. 2:24-26: 2Tim 4:1-3; Tit. 3:10-11

The standard in church discipline is the Word of God as interpreted by the brotherhood.

(a)  The purpose of discipline is:

(i)   To bring the sinner to repentance.

·Matt. 18:15.

(ii) That the name of the Lord be not blasphemed.

2Sam. 12:14;  Rom. 2:24.

(iii)  That the purity of the church be preserved. 

1Cor. 5:6

(iv)To help the sinner to understand his position and condition, and restore him to fellowship.

2Thess. 3:14-15; Matt. 18:15;  1Cor 5:5.                 

(v) That it is the work of the evil one to sow discord among the brethren. 

Prov. 6:16,19; Psa. 34:14; Rom 14: 19; 1Thes 5:13; Eph 4:3; 2 Cor 13:11