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Core Beliefs

Our Vision
To glorify God and grow His Church and kingdom through Biblical worship, fellowship and witness.   

Our Distinctives

Worship: Esteeming above all else God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and glorifying Him  
  • The truth, inerrancy, infallibility, and sufficiency of the Bible as God’s inspired, written revelation and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Psalms 19:7-11, 119:105-106; John 17:17; Acts 17:10-11; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Revelation 22:18-19)
  • God-centered and not man-centered; Christ pre-eminent (Genesis 1:1; Psalms 2; Isaiah 6:1-3, 40:3-28; John 1:1-5, 9-14; Ephesians 4:1-6; Colossians 1:10-20; Revelation 19:1-16)
  • The Great Command: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and your neighbor as yourself (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 22:36-40)
  • Faithful, uncompromising, exegetical preaching of the whole counsel of God as revealed in the Bible (Psalms 40:8-10, 78:1-8; Matthew 9:35; Mark 2:1-2, 3:14, 6:12, 16:15, 20; Luke 3:16-18, 4:16-21, 20:1; Acts 5:42, 17:15-32, 20:7; 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:16, 9:14-19; Galatians 3:8; Ephesians 3:7-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-13; 2 Timothy 4:2-7; 1 Peter 1:25)
  • Ordinances of believer’s baptism and weekly communion for believers (Matthew 26:18-30, 28:19; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-20; John 6:26-59; Acts 2:36-41, 8:5-13, 26-40, 9:17-18, 18:8; 1 Corinthians 10:16-21, 11:18-34)
  • Regulative Principle: only those elements that are instituted or appointed by command or example in the Bible are permissible in worship (Genesis 4:3-7; Exodus 20:4-5, 34:14; Leviticus 10:1-2; Deuteronomy 12:28-32; 1 Samuel 13:8-14, 15:3-22; 1 Chronicles 13:7-11; Isaiah 55:6-9, 66:1-4; Matthew 28:18-20; John 4:22-24; Ephesians 5:17-20; Romans 1:19-23; 1 Corinthians 14:33, 40; Hebrews 11:6)
  • The Lord’s Day as the Christian Sabbath (Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:15; Acts 20:7)
  • The importance of prayer (1 Samuel 1:10-2:11; Psalms 51; Matthew 6:5-13; Mark 11:22-26; John 14:13-14; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:13-18; 1 Peter 4:7; 1 John 5:14-15)
  • Sovereignty of God and God’s law over all jurisdictions: state, church, family and individual (Deuteronomy 32:39; Job 1:21; Psalms 2:11-12, 135:6; Proverbs 21:1; Matthew 28:18; Colossians 1:16-19; Romans 14:11-12)
  • Confessional: substantial agreement with the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 (Psalms 119:9-16; 1 Peter 3:15; see Confession for additional Scripture references)
  • The Five Solas of the Reformation:
    • Sola Scriptura - The Bible is the complete, closed and clear authority in all matters of faith and practice. (Psalms 19:7-11, 119:18, 105-106, 138:2; John 17:17; Acts 17:10-11; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Revelation 22:18-19)
    • Solus Christus – Salvation is in Christ alone; there are no other ways. (John 3:16-17; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:23-26, 5:8-21, 6:23; Ephesians 1:3-7; Philippians 3:8-14; Colossians 1:13-18; Hebrews 9:22-28; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
    • Sola Gratia – God’s grace secures redemption without reference to man’s works.(Romans 3:23-26, 5:1-2, 5, 8, 15-21, 6:23; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Ephesians 1:3-8, 2:8-9)
    • Sola Fide - We are declared righteous by God through faith alone. (Genesis 15:6; Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17, 3:23-26, 5:1; Galatians 3:6-11; Philippians 3:8-9; Hebrews 10:38, 11:6)
    • Soli Deo Gloria - All of creation and our redemption are for the glory of God alone.(Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:16-18; 1 Peter 4:11; Revelation 1:5-6, 7:12)
  • The Doctrines of Grace:
    • Total Depravity of Man - The fall of Adam affected the totality of man’s person.(Genesis 6:5; Job 15:14-16; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; John 3:19; Romans 3:9-23, 5:18-19, 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1-3)
    • Unconditional Election of the Saints - Election is not based on foreseen faith or works. (Psalms 65:4; Isaiah 14:24; John 5:21, 6:44, 65, 15:16; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12, 2:10; Acts 13:48; Romans 8:28-30, 9:10-24; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 Peter 2:8-9)
    • Limited Atonement - Redemption was accomplished by Christ for some, i.e., all of those He purposed to redeem, but not others. (1 Chronicles 17:20-21; Matthew 22:14; John 6:35-40, 10:3-15, 17:1-2, 6-12, 20-21, 24-26; Ephesians 5:25; Hebrews 2:9-10, 9:24-28; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:8-9; Revelation 5:9)
    • Irresistible Grace of God - Regeneration of the elect by the Holy Spirit is efficacious and the elect may not resist God’s saving grace (Deuteronomy 30:6; Jeremiah 31:33, 32:40; Ezekiel 11:19-20, 37:3-7, 11-14; Matthew 16:15-17; John 3:3-8, 5:21, 6:37-40, 45; Romans 9:15; Ephesians 2:1-5, 8-10; James 1:18)
    • Perseverance of the Saints - God will, by grace, complete what He began in regeneration of the elect and the elect may not lose their salvation. (Psalms 138:8; Jeremiah 32:40; John 6:39-40, 10:27-29; Romans 8:28-31, 35-39, 11:29; Galations 3:1-6; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 4:18; Hebrews 10:14; Jude 24-25)
 
Fellowship: Equipping and edifying the Bride of Christ – His Church 
  • Koinonia – loving Christian fellowship and regenerate church membership (John 13:34-35, 15:9-14; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:9-10, 13:8; Ephesians 4:1-6, 21-32; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 1:22, 3:8-11, 4:8-9; 1 John 3:10-11, 23, 4:7-11)
  • Biblical authority structures, offices including deacon and elder, church discipline, and church governance by qualified, plural eldership chosen by the congregation (Matthew 18:11-17; Luke 22:24-27; Acts 6:1-6, 14:23, 15:1-6, 16:4-5; Galatians 6:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 5:1-10)
  • The priesthood of all believers, progressive sanctification, and equipping the saints for ministry (1 Peter 2: 4-9; Ephesians 4:1-6:18; Matthew 5:1-7:29; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 10:24; 1 Timothy 4:7-8; Revelation 1:4-6)
  • Biblical roles of men, women and children in the meeting of the church (Genesis 2:20-25-3:19; Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 11:1-12, 14:34-35; Titus 2:1-10)
  • Biblical roles of men, women and children in the family including the responsibility of fathers to act as heads of their homes and to lead their families in worship at home, of parents to train and disciple their children, and of children to obey their parents(Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 5:22-6:4; I Peter 3:1-7)
  • Promoting strong covenantal relationships including marriage (Psalms 127:3-128:6; Mark 10:1-12; Galations 5:1-6:10; Ephesians 5:22-6:9; 1 Timothy 5:1-4)
  • Family integration (Deuteronomy 16:9-14; Joshua 8:30-35; 2 Chronicles 20:13-19; Ezra 10:1-5; Nehemiah 12:43; Psalms 78:1-8; Joel 2:15-18; Malachi 4:5-6; Acts 20:7-12; Ephesians 6:4)
  • Frequent fellowship meals together as a church family (Acts 2:42, 46)
  • Inter-generational (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Luke 1:50)
  • Semper Reformanda – continually seeking to reform the Church to make it more Biblical(Philippians 4:8-9; Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 1:9-10; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Revelation 19:7-9)
 
Witness: Earnestly sharing the Gospel of Christ – pursuing His Harvest 
  • God’s sovereignty in evangelism and missions (Exodus 4:21; Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Malachi 1:2-3; John 17:4-26; Matthew 7:13-23, 20:1-16; John 12:37-41; Romans 8:1-9:24; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 21:7-8)
  • Standing for and defending the truth of God’s Word (John 8:32, 17:17; Acts 17:1-31; Romans 1:16-17; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 Peter 3:15)
  • The Great Commission: Teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Outreach to our “Jerusalem:” our families and neighborhoods (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalms 78:1-8; Matthew 22:29; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8, 5:42)
  • Outreach to our “Judea and Samaria:” our city, Orlando, and the Central Florida region(Acts 1:8, 8:25)
  • Outreach to the “ends of the Earth:” Florida, the USA and the nations, illuminating Christ’s person, plan of redemption, kingdom, and promise to return to all (Matthew 24:14; Mark 16:15, 20; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8, 17:15-32; Revelation 11:15, 14:6-7, 19:1-16)