THE LOCAL CHURCH
God is returning the church to the dignity of its foundations. God has placed everything necessary to accomplish His will in the setting of the local church. Ephesians 1:22-23 …the church. Which is His body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. God’s will is accomplished in us and through us as connect and commit ourselves to a local church. What is needed are churches that will go back to their spiritual roots – the Bible. There we find that each church was a launching pad to win the world—supporting itself, disciplining, training, equipping, and releasing workers into the world. Many think of the church as a dead institution or a meaningless relic, years behind the times. We believe the church is the Bride of Christ, the depository of Gods glory and the pillar and ground of truth. It is the most vital Institution on planet Earth. History revolves around the visible body of Christ.
The Bible is the guidebook of the Christian life and preaching is God’s method of bringing it to the hearts of God’s people. We believe that honest, direct, and anointed preaching has always been used by God to shake the nations. In an age of low commitment, many seek to hear a watered-down message, but it is our firm belief that God is raising up a people hungry for the meat of the word. That is why our order of worship is centered around the preaching of the gospel.
The Gospel taken outside the four walls is the absolute foundation of our church, in obedience to Mark 16:15, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’…” We emphasize personal evangelism, and a large variety of outreaches to share the Gospel.The fulfilling of this command brings great spiritual health. The power of the Holy Spirit is brought to bear in order to accomplish the command, and joy is released in those who obey. While many churches only talk about winning the lost. Our primary goal is to lead men and women to Jesus; the churches of the Fellowship put the frills of modern Christianity second to the needs of the hour. The result of obedience to this command is that God is glorified and honors His word through signs, wonders, and manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We witness, testify, and preach for a decision. The Gospel has the power to save and transform lives. 1 Peter 1:23, “having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever…” The bulk of our congregation consists of people converted here by the Power of God.
Discipleship is the shaping of an individual’s destiny to be accomplished through the calling of God and being trained and equipped within the setting of a local church. Each church in the New Testament copied Jesus’ method of calling those whom God had chosen and training them through example and release. The book of Acts demonstrates the powerful impact that is possible to those who take Jesus’ command and pattern seriously.
Our vision is the restoration of the Biblical pattern of church growth. In the past 40 years over two thousand churches have been started by this method. In each of our Fellowship churches, there is a fulfilling of Christ’s command to make disciples.Therefore, the highest calling of a Pastor and congregation is to obey God’s command in Matthew 28:19-20 and “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. We believe that the church needs to be released.
The result of disciples being raised up is that they be released into the harvest field. Matthew 9:37-38, “Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” We send couples to plant brand new congregations, with the aim of reproducing our vision in a new area.
From the earliest Bible record, God’s vision is worldwide testimony and impact. The gospel message and the vision God has revealed to us is not simply American, but God-inspired; so therefore it works, and is relevant in every nation and culture of the world. Mark 16:15 says “all the world/every person…” Matthew 28:19, “all the nations…” Our job as believers, and as the local church is to pray, train, invest, send, and support workers to go into all the world!
We believe that the family is the first foundation of God’s established order and the cornerstone of God’s government. The family is being torn apart when each member seeks to find their own fulfillment in a thousand different directions. It is our belief that a genuine church with a variety of programs and a full schedule is a tremendous unifier of the family and the only foundation for a real move of God. While having a full program to reach and minister to children, we feel that the key to the family is the parents. The Bible emphasizes the adult’s responsibility regarding their commitment to God. If the parents are disciples of Jesus; the children will be also.
Maturity through Lifestyle: Jesus looked for those who were dedicated to following Him. In two thousand years the seriousness of the church towards being discipled has deteriorated. It is our goal as a church to learn and live the truths of Scripture. We live in the last days and an hour when the most exciting challenge in life is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. The members of our churches are not satisfied to be “hearers only” but desire to be “doers of the Word of God”. They come faithfully, give joyously, worship fervently, and witness loyally. They have found Jesus Christ to be “the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Daily prayer is a normal part of all of our churches. This is the way of battle for the Christian. Robbed of prayer, the church is robbed of power, direction, and divine presence. We know that the kingdom is built by God’s power, not man’s. That is why we place emphasis on touching and releasing God.