We are just taking basic essential Bible principles and using them for agreement.
We are nondenominational. We believe in a broad tent of Christianity. Jesus said in John 10:30 “My sheep hear my voice.” The true church of Jesus Christ transcends any denomination and organization of man. The universal church cannot be observed like a corporation. Jesus said in Matthew 18:20 (KJV) “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Some gatherings are big some are small. Some meet in big extravagant buildings some meet in huts, it doesn’t matter. God knows who are his and we are not here to judge.
Because we have a broad tent we are going to encourage anyone coming to our local group to use what is available in other churches. There are churches and organizations that have things our local group doesn’t have. Some church groups have great church history teachers, tabernacle plan teachers with displays, scholars etc. We want people to be free and to grow. The church was never meant to compete. We want to utilize all that is available.
We believe that we must walk in the light as we received the light. This means that our local church will have doctrines we believe are in the Bible and we want all our ministers to preach the same message in one accord. Having certain doctrines in common helps us not to have division with new people coming into the church.
These doctrines and principles we state here also serve as our local constitution and bill of rights. We feel every local work out to have footings that bring a basis of fellowship. We feel certain things should be in place and not made up as we go.
This does not mean we expect every person in our midst to believe all we teach. Many who travel with us hold to their own perspectives. As long as they are not insistent in overthrowing the ministry they are welcome.
This does not mean that we consider ourselves the only church with all the correct doctrines and we condemn other churches for not doing things like we do.
For instance, let’s take open communion – “We preach let a man examine himself” 1 Cor. 11:28. We can’t have one minister allowing people to receive communion based on this doctrine while another minister refuses someone communion because he feels they are living in open sin. We can’t have one minister baptizing by immersion and another minister baptizing by sprinkling.
This creates confusion, division, and unnecessary questions to new believers and old believers. The ministry in the local church is to be in one accord.
That being said…we do not condemn all other works that do not do things like we do. We do not tell other Christians they are lost and we are saved because they do not do things like we do. We can walk in the light we have received while remaining humble.
The good thief on the cross is with Christ forever. He never was baptized, didn’t belong to a church, did not abide by any particular doctrine and certainly did not live as a good Jew. This teaches us the mercy of God and that it is his kingdom and ultimately he will let in whom he will. He has the final word, not man
We write some of our beliefs not to condemn but to unify.
We can stand for the truth without being filled with strife and self-righteousness. If someone does not agree with our perspective we will help them find another church where they can be in more agreement. We believe salvation is in the hands of the Lord and that the “good thief” story is a prime example of this. We must stay humble and be very careful of judging.
With this attitude we bring to you doctrines and principles we feel our important for our unity. Thank you. Table of the Lord