Beliefs

The following verses reveal our beliefs:

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (emphasis added)


For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
1 John 5:7


For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16


Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:10-12(emphasis added)


For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9


What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
James 2:14-18


Note: We are saved by grace, as Ephesians 2:8-9 states. Works are the evidence of saving faith; a heart that has been touched by God and would give back to Him. There are times in our lives when we’re wounded or worn out and need healing and rest, or we’re being pruned (John 15:2). During these times there may be little to no fruit as God rebuilds our hearts for His purposes (Jeremiah 18:1-4). There are plenty of instances in Scripture where a person showed little to no fruit for an extended period of time while God fashioned their heart, such as when Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness, Joseph during his years in prison, or David when he was on the run while fleeing from Saul. Even Jesus didn’t start His earthly ministry until the age of 30. Many Christians are burning out today because they make ministry their god and know little of rest, or they sacrifice their relationships with God and their family. We believe it’s important to make your relationship with the Lord the first priority in your life, not works or ministry, because the greatest commandment is:

“AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.”
Mark 12:30

True ministry flows from a relationship with the Lord and His will for our lives, not what we want to do, or our understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). If we get our relationship with the Lord right, first, the fruit will come.

Priorities:

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:22-33

The husband and wife bond supersedes every other relationship or task except the relationship with God. For those who are married, their priorities are God first, the spouse second, and all other relationships, including that of children, extended family, work relationships, or ministry, or church, do not supersede them. We believe God is passionate about every marriage He created and would see them thrive for His glory and purposes.